AMPATH: The International Exchange Point for Research & Education Networking in Miami

AMPATH serves as the premiere interconnection point for network-enabled U.S.- Latin America and Caribbean science research and education. Through its exchange point facilities in Miami, Florida, high-bandwidth network services are available for U.S. and international research and education networks to extend participation to underrepresented groups in Latin America and the Caribbean. AMPATH works as a major research facility recognized by the U.S. National Science Foundation, supporting international e-science.

A high-performance Internet exchange point in Miami, Florida, AMPath facilitates peering and network research between U.S. and international research and education networks. The exchange point, located at the NAP of the Americas, is a collaborative effort providing to its connectors access to Internet2, Florida LambdaRail, (FLR) and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet).


AtlanticWave is a distributed exchange point service to facilitate peering and network transport services along the Atlantic coast of North and South America for U.S. and international research and education networks that interconnect at international exchange and peering points at MAN LAN in New York City, NGIX-East in Washington, DC, Southern Lightrail/Southern Cross Roads SOX in Atlanta, Georgia,  AMPATH in Miami, Florida, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

America’s Lightpaths (AMLight)

America’s Lightpaths, known As AmLight, enabLes research and education amongst the people of the Americas through the operation of production infrastructure for communication and collaboration between the U.S. and Western Hemisphere science and engineering research and education communities.

AMLIGHT interconnects research and education networks from across the hemisphere, including those of CLARA (Cooperation of Latin American Research networks encompassing Latin American countries), RNP (the Brazilian NREN), ANSP (the State of Sao Paulo network) and ESnet, Florida LambdaRail, Internet2, and regional networks serving the United States.

AMLIGHT connects to AMPATH in Miami, and, because of AtlanticWave, AMLIGHT is also in New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Sao Paulo. AMLIGHT leverages connectivity to AtlanticWave to provide a single peering fabric from New York to Sao Paulo — those connected to it have the same interconnectivity benefits as those in New York City. Meaning, a concert hall in Manhattan can be connected to a concert hall in Miami as easily and as quickly as if they were next-door neighbors.


Cisco Research Wave (C-Wave), supported by Cisco, provides a national backbone for experimentation. C-Wave connects to the FLR link in Jacksonville.

C-Wave promotes and enables collaborative projects within the R&E community, including experimental networking research, development and testing of innovative network services, and early deployment of advanced applications. The collaboration between AMPATH, Cisco and FLR enables the C-Wave to be extended to any FLR participant through FLR’s network backbone.


Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions. An exceptional partnership spanning U.S. and international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research, academia, industry and government, the Internet2 community is developing breakthrough technologies that support the most exacting applications of today—and spark the most essential innovations of tomorrow.

Focused on members’ technology needs since 1996, Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education (R&E) organizations to solve common technology challenges, and develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions. Activating the same partnerships that produced today’s Internet, Internet2 members are forging the future Internet through community, an unsurpassed innovation platform, and transformative, above-the-network services and applications.

The Internet2 Network provides a wide range of services to meet members’ production and research and development network needs. From dark fiber acquisition to static and dynamic circuits, to production IP and optical networking, Internet2 Network services create a reliable platform for the most extreme research, development and experimentation our community can imagine.

Sunshine State Education & Research Computing Alliance (SSERCA)

FLR is a member of SSERCA, which brings together geographically distributed organizations and high end resources in such a way that their collective impact is far greater than the sum of their individual parts. The Alliance’s mission is to further the development of a statewide computational science infrastructure of advanced scientific computing, communications and education resources by promoting cooperation between Florida’s universities.

Southern Crossroads (SoX)

Southern Crossroads (SoX) is a federation of Research and Education Institutions providing high-speed, global connectivity to the Southeastern US Research and Education community. SoX is the Southeast Connector for Internet2, and other major US and International research networks. SoX is interconnected through several carrier hotels in Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Jacksonville, Miami, and Dallas.

The SoX participants provide network connectivity options that provide global reach and high bandwidth at a minimum cost to researchers at their institutions. SoX participants interconnect their own Regional Optical Networks to enable cost-effective 10 Gig and above networking for the R&E community in the Southeast.  Members cooperate on projects ranging from basic IP connectivity to Data Center redundancy.

SoX was designed to facilitate access to current and future highly integrated, digital communications services for education, research, and economic development within the region and across United States.

Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA)

The Southeastern Universities Research Association is a consortium of over sixty universities across the US. Established in 1980 as a nonstock, nonprofit corporation, SURA seeks to foster collaboration among its member institutions in science and engineering and to encourage new ideas for SURA collaborative programs that meet SURA criteria for support. SURA operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility for the U.S. Department of Energy through Jefferson Science Associates – a SURA/Computer Sciences Corporation joint venture. It also operates the SURA Residence Facility, accommodating national and international researchers who use JLab’s unique facilities. SURA collaborates with its members, government agencies, and researchers to advance information technology, and facilitate better understanding of coastal/ ocean and environmental phenomena that impact our lives.