The OptIPuter, so
named for its use of Optical networking, Internet Protocol,
computer storage, processing and visualization technologies,
is an envisioned infrastructure that will tightly couple computational
resources over parallel optical networks using the IP communication
mechanism. The OptIPuter exploits a new world in which the central architectural
element is optical networking, not computers - creating "supernetworks".
This paradigm shift requires large-scale applications-driven, system
experiments and a broad multidisciplinary team to understand and develop
innovative solutions for a "LambdaGrid" world. The goal of this new
architecture is to enable scientists who are generating terabytes and
petabytes of data to interactively visualize, analyze, and correlate
their data from multiple storage sites connected to optical networks.
broad multidisciplinary team is conducting large-scale, application-driven
system experiments with two data-intensive e-science efforts to ensure
a useful and usable OptIPuter design: EarthScope, funded by the National
Science Foundation (NSF), and the Biomedical Informatics Research Network
(BIRN) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These images
are provided by organizing members of these projects, Scripps
Institution of Oceanography and the National
Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research at University of California,
2003. The OptIPuter receives major funding from the National Science Foundation,
cooperative agreement ANI-0225642 to UCSD.
For further information, contact info @ optiputer.net