The University of Guam unveiled yesterday its new ultra-high-speed 100-gigabit GOREX network during an event at the UOG Office of Information Technology.
The GOREX network—or Guam Open Research & Education eXchange—connects Guam to Hawaii and California via the new SEA-U.S. fiber-optic submarine cable.
Installation was completed this week by technicians from UOG, University of Hawaii, and telecommunications firm GTA. Guam is now connected to the global Research and Education Network fabric and is now capable of supporting high-speed exchanges of very large scientific datasets between Guam and other research institutions.
To put into context what the GOREX network can do, it would take over three years to download 1,000 terabytes of data using a 100-megabit-per-second network. Through GOREX’s ultra-high-speed 100-gigabit-per-second network, the same 1,000 terabytes of data can now be downloaded in just a day.
Because of the sheer amount of data collected, shared, and analyzed, UOG research centers such as the Marine Laboratory and the Water Environmental Research Institute will benefit the most from GOREX at the onset. However, UOG president Robert Underwood believes the true impact to the island community is in the opportunity for data access, exchange, and analysis in other fields such as healthcare, economics, and the social sciences.
“We can now conduct research at complex levels, not just for the sciences, but in other fields as well,” said Underwood. “Think about the issues that we discuss as a society and how we make many decisions with limited data. GOREX gives our students and faculty the tools to truly exchange and analyze large amounts of data in any number of fields with other institutions all over the world. And as a university, it is our responsibility to report our findings back to the community. That’s the impact.”
UOG chief information officer Rommel Hidalgo said the GOREX facility and the ultra-high-speed SEA-U.S. connection in Guam would not have been possible without the leadership and support of the University of Hawaii System and its president, David Lassner, who has been working to increase research and education network connectivity in the Pacific for more than 20 years.
“We are thankful for the vision, support, and leadership of President Lassner and the University of Hawaii, for enabling the implementation of GOREX. We are also thankful to Steven Huter and the [Network Startup Resource Center] for their help in improving UOG’s network and training the UOG network team that will be supporting GOREX. The GOREX consortium is on track to install additional ultra-high-speed connections using other submarine cables. GOREX will soon connect Asia, Australia, and America through Guam,” said Hidalgo.
The University of Oregon’s Network Startup Resource Center provided training support to UOG network technicians. “We are delighted to support the University of Guam’s efforts to augment the institution’s scientific research and education capabilities for faculty and students,” said Hervey Allen, assistant director, NSRC. “The dedication of the UOG Information Technology team and executive leadership will create the necessary cyberinfrastructure for facilitating data-intensive research in Guam and provide benefits to other U.S. territories in the Pacific Islands.”
The GOREX consortium includes the University of Hawaii, the University of Oregon Network Startup Resource Center, the University of Guam, Pacific Wave, Australia’s Academic and Research Network, Internet2, Singapore’s SingAREN, New Zealand’s REANNZ, and other partners. The overarching goal is to promote increased growth and effectiveness of data-intensive and highly collaborative research and education activities engaging the Asia-Pacific region with the global research and education community.
For more information, visit the UOG GOREX website at http://gorex.uog.edu or call the UOG Office of Information Technology at (671) 735-2640. (UOG)