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Washington -- China, Russia and the United States have joined forces to build and manage a fiber-optic network that circles the Northern Hemisphere, creating a high-bandwidth Internet-like system that links scientists, educators and students worldwide.
The Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications (GLORIAD) is funded by government agencies in all three countries. The network also has industry partners in Korea, the Netherlands and Canada.
“At its simplest level, just think about fiber-optic cable around the Northern Hemisphere,” said Greg Cole, research director at the Joint Institute for Computation Science in the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “We’re under the ocean in the Atlantic and the Pacific and across the tundra.”
The emphasis is on connecting science communities, particularly those that do not have a long tradition of working well together.
“It’s not as much about networking as it is about getting our scientists, educators and students working openly and together,” Cole added. “The network is something we leverage to bring people to the table so we can open new areas of cooperation.”