The National Science Foundation gave IU two new grants amounting to $8.6 million, which brings IU’s total amount of grants from NSF this year up to $13 million, according to an IU press release.
The IU Global Research Network Operations Center, known as GlobalNOC, won the first grant of $3.6 million. The award money will be used to manage the Network Operations Center for the NSF’s International Research Network Connections-funded infrastructure projects, according to the press release.
The program currently works to provide high-performance connectivity for researchers to analyze and share data with colleagues around the world.
“Through its management of several of the world’s most advanced research and education networks, the IU GlobalNOC and its team of highly talented network engineers and technicians continue to enable major developments and discoveries in science, education, engineering and the humanities,” IU President Michael McRobbie said in the release.
The new Network Operations Center will focus on proactive support and end-to-end performance of assessment. The center will do this by using the networking monitoring toolset for availability statistics, dashboards and operations reports, according to the release.
The service desk at the Network Operations Center will be the point of contact for communication for the international network.
“The GlobalNOC has nearly 20 years of experience managing some of the most powerful research and education networks in the world, and we plan to capitalize on this expertise as we move forward with the IRNC project,” David Jent, IU associate vice president of networks and the project’s principal ?investigator.
The second award will be going to NetSage as a five-year grant. NetSage is a network management, analysis and visualization project that aims to address challenges in international research and education networks, according to the release. IU will be the lead institution on the NetSage project.
“I am delighted that the NSF has again selected IU to lead the important work of NetSage and the IRNC network operations center,” Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology, said in the release. “Along with IU’s recent NSF award for Asia Pacific networking, and with our many partners, we again affirm almost 20 years of IU leadership in the critical areas of international research networks.”