FLR News Updates
Deployed over 1,540 miles of dark fiber, the FLR network infrastructure provides for a dedicated statewide communications facility linking major nodes located in Pensacola, Crestview, Tallahassee, Tampa, Winter Haven, Miami, Orlando, Gainesville, Melbourne, Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville.
The foundation of the infrastructure is a dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM)-based optical footprint using Cisco Systems’ NCS 2000 optical electronic systems with a capacity of 40 wavelengths per fiber pair. Each wavelength can support transmission up to 100 billion bits per second (100 Gbps).
On top of the optical infrastructure is built an Ethernet based MPLS transport facility which provides for Internet, Internet2 and high speed IPv4 and IPv6 transit between participants. Additionally, private layer 2 or layer 3 services (VPN) may be provisioned.
Each Equity Partner is provided a primary 10 Gbps and a secondary 1 Gbps connection to the MPLS backbone. Through advanced technologies, multiple waves are available along the optical backbone in support of primary and secondary access for each partner institution, as well as dedicated waves for research activities across institutional boundaries.
The network operations center is hosted at the University of Florida. For more information, see the FLR NOC website.
Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation
Utilizing dedicated and shared 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 1 Gigabit Ethernet high-performance data circuits, FLR participants are provided with additional capacity “on demand” to accommodate bursts in data-traffic, videoconference, or other special requirements.
Connectivity to Commercial Internet Service Providers is available in order to provide economical and reliable Internet service to FLR participants.
National and International Research Connectivity
High Speed IP transit
High Speed IP transit paths between participants, supporting both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols. FLR is designed to allow growth in terms of the number of hosts connected as well as the amount of data transmitted.
Arrangements with other networks and traffic exchange points allow FLR to route and exchange network traffic, resulting in fewer hops and faster access to user destinations.
For research applications needing a dedicated wavelength service, FLR offers participants point to point 1.0, 2.5, 10 or 100 gigabits per second optical lambdas as a complement to the FLR optical-based backbone services.
If successful, the technology could enable future use of small satellites in multi-spacecraft flight formations and demonstrate its potential advantages in proximity operations such as rendezvous, docking and landing maneuvers.
Allison Wing, assistant professor of meteorology in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, will use the three-year, $539,000 award to develop a new set of tools that identify tropical disturbances.
In research highlighted this summer in Discover Magazine, university astrobiologist Manasvi Lingam (along with Harvard researcher Avi Loeb) studied how life might survive on a rogue planet via oceans prevalent underneath a thick layer of ice.
Florida Gulf Coast University is testing out a new technology that could clean up algae blooms in canals and marinas without using any chemicals.
From mobile electronics to space travel, the need for an energy source that is light, powerful and whose manufacturing doesn’t bring with it the environmental costs that batteries do is the focus of USF startup PolyMaterials App
A new $15.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will produce a detailed design for the world's most powerful superconducting magnet at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Florida A&M University (FAMU) is the recipient of a $30 million, five-year federal grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME) and its mission to find and train the next generation of scientists from under-represented groups.
Florida International University, the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida — which together make up the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities — have collectively received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to form the Florida IT Graduation Attainment Pathways (Flit-GAP) program.
Since 2016, UNF’s Information Technology Services has partnered with the FBI Jacksonville Division to host the annual UNF-FBI Cyber Security Symposium.
A Florida State University researcher is leading a $4.4 million Department of Energy project to help create software that can take advantage of supercomputer capabilities and advance quantum information science.
Beginning this fall, current UF Health patients living in 13 rural Florida counties will have the option of conducting online medical visits from their local UF/IFAS Extension office. As part of the Rural Telehealth Initiative, a pilot program funded by a three-year USDA grant, these offices will be equipped with TytoCareTM telehealth kiosks that connect patients with their doctors in real time.
The University of North Florida announced Aug. 9 it was awarded $5 million, the largest competitive grant in the school’s history, to participate in the Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training study.