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NICT Japan, NSCC Singapore and SingAREN complete first 100G international research and education network in Asia

Japan’s National
Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Singapore’s National
Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) and the Singapore Advanced Research and Education
Network (SingAREN) have completed
a high-speed 100G international network
, linking Singapore, Hong Kong and
Japan and enabling faster sharing of large datasets among researchers in these
countries.  

NICT is
Japan’s National Research and Development Agency specialising in the field of
information and communications technology (ICT), while NSCC manages Singapore’s
first
national petascale facility
with high performance computing (HPC) resources
to support science and engineering computing needs for academic, research and
industry communities. SingAREN is the
sole provider of local and international networks dedicated for serving the
Research and Education community in Singapore. 
SingAREN’s members consist of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs),
Research Organizations, Government and network industry players.

This 100G network
will be the backbone of a North to South-East Asia network for international
Research and Education Networks (RENs) in the region.

The network
provisioned by PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong
Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, is ten times faster than
the current 10G networks in the region. Making use of PCCW Global’s vast
submarine cable capacity, the SingAREN and NICT network will provide fast,
quality interconnections and network resilience for various RENs across the
Pacific.

Researchers
and scientists in Singapore and Japan can now collaborate and share data faster
and more efficiently to derive research outcomes to benefit communities, e.g.
in weather/ climate studies, advanced manufacturing and engineering, healthcare
and biomedical sciences, robotics/ AI, machine-learning, big data analytics,
and precision engineering. The network will facilitate high-end research and
education, bioinformatics, and supercomputing collaboration, for example,
between NSCC Singapore and the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), RIKEN, RIST (Research Organization for
Information Science and Technology) and JAXA
(Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) comprising Japan’s flagship research
institutions. 

Dr.
Fumihiko Tomita, Vice President, NICT said, "With this 100Gbps link
between Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, NICT is anticipating further
collaboration with international research institutes."

Dr. John
Kan
, President, SingAREN commented, “With the establishment of the 100Gbps
Research and Education network linking Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, SingAREN
looks forward to collaborating with our international partners to advocate joint
advanced research, development, and education initiatives.”

Mr.
Frederick Chui, Senior Vice President of Global Data Sales and Presales, PCCW
Global, said, “Working with SingAREN represents an exciting opportunity for us,
because not only have we been able to provide a 100G network capacity for the
Singapore – Hong Kong – Japan route, but we will also be in a position to
assist other research and education networks in the region.”

The link also
enables the research and education community to complete a new ring network,
the Asia Pacific Ring (APR), across the Pacific between Asia and North America.
The Asia Pacific Ring network is a set of links and resources operated by the
Parties individually to form a resilient, high speed network system in excess
of 100 Gbit/s. The aim of the Asia Pacific Ring is to facilitate advanced
research and education collaboration across the Pacific Ocean.  

The parties to the APR collaboration are: SingAREN, NICT, NII
(National Institute of Informatics, which operates the Science Information Network connecting universities
and research institutions throughout Japan), Internet2
(an advanced networking consortium led by the United States research and
education community), WIDE Project (a
research consortium of Internet related research based in Japan), Pacific Wave, and TransPAC. Pacific Wave is a distributed international
network peering facility for the Pacific Rim and beyond with peering points for
network connections in Seattle, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, and Los Angeles.
Supporting 29 networks representing over 47 countries, Pacific Wave is a joint
project between the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California
(CENIC) and the Pacific Northwest Gigapop. The TransPAC Collaboration is
composed of a cooperative partnership with the Asia Pacific Advanced Network
(APAN) and DANTE, and in further cooperation with Internet2 as well as numerous
other research and education networks that will be connected through the
project to continue and enhance the existing, highly successful previous two
TransPAC projects..

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