Facilitating Research Connections across the Pacific

Ms Celeste Anderson1

1Pacific Wave, La Mirada, , United States celestea@pacificwave.net dave@cenic.org jhess@cenic.org 


Since 1996, the Pacific Wave Internet Facility has leveraged high-speed connections across the Pacific Ocean to provide researchers with the ability to connect to other international networks using the exchange infrastructure.  Recent developments such as the 100G upgrade of the AARNet SX-Transport connections from Australia and New Zealand to the West Coast of the United States, the testing of the AutoGOLE NSI + MEICAN pilot [1], and trial of SDX features are enhancing the capabilities of the facility to support international research.  This poster will show the status of these efforts and explain how researchers in the Australasia region might leverage these resources to further their work.

Pacific Wave

Pacific Wave is a distributed international network peering facility for the Pacific Rim and beyond with peering points for network connections in Seattle, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, and Los Angeles. Supporting 29 networks representing over 47 countries, Pacific Wave is a joint project between the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California and the Pacific Northwest Gigapop.

Pacific Wave continues to enhance, upgrade and evolve its facility to support more 100G connections, develop and test new technologies and provide instrumentation for measurement, monitoring, analysis and visualization.  New Advanced Services include connectivity with the Pacific Research Platform (PRP), AutoGOLE dynamic circuit provisioning, experimental inter-domain SDX collaborations, and access to 100Gbps Data Transfer Nodes (DTNs) to accelerate large data transfers over long-haul high-capacity international links.


SDX Nodes are present in Los Angeles and in Seattle, connected at 100G to the common exchange and are reachable by any Pacific Wave participant network. Intel x86 control nodes are positioned in Seattle and Los Angeles, with an additional SDN switching node to be added in Sunnyvale. The AutoGOLE fabric delivers dynamic network services between other GLIF Open Lambda Exchanges (GOLEs).  The project is experimenting with new path finding and signaling algorithms as well as network modeling for optimizations [2].


Pacific Research platform

A project underway through funding by the United States’ National Science Foundation (NSF) to UC San Diego and UC Berkeley is the Pacific Research Platform (PRP), a science-driven high-capacity data-centric “freeway system” on a large regional scale. The PRP project recently held its first National Research Platform workshop to explore how the initial pilot project can be expanded and efforts are underway to establish a Global Research Platform (GRP) leveraging SDN and SDX concepts. [3] The Platform uses Pacific Wave resources for part of its infrastructure.

Pacific Islands Research and Education Network (PIREN) and Guam Open R&E Exchange

The PIREN project run by the University of Hawaii and its partners has made significant progress in fostering research and education (R&E) network capacity to interconnect Pacific Islands with each other and to the global R&E network fabric by building on previous projects and relationships. Hawaii has played an important role in furthering scientific research and cultural exchange in the region, with the mainland, and internationally and is involved in the creation of the Guam Open R&E Exchange (GOREX) following on the new subsea system SEA-US build and plans for 100G connections from this island. [4]


1.AutoGole MEICAN Pilot. Available from: https://wiki.rnp.br/display/secipo/AutoGOLE+MEICAN+Pilot , accessed 31 Aug 2017.

2.Hess, J., Pacific Wave: SDN/SDX. Available from:   https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qgjPUmjGeYwUCZFjeO-DpPF1odnmSmzG6d85WPkDKOU/edit#slide=id.g1ceddacd70_0_0, accessed 31 Aug 2017.

3.Mambretti, J., Toward a Global Research Platform (GRP) in Presentations of the first National Research Platform Workshop, Pacific Research Platform Project, Boseman, Montana, United States. Available from: http://prp.ucsd.edu/presentations/nrp/s5-0-mambretti-grp-intro-presentation-august-2017.ppt/view, accessed 31 Aug 2017

4.Lassner, D., View from the Pacific. Available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uQHqf_O06o accessed 31 Aug 2017.


Celeste Anderson is Director of the Networking Engineering and Communications Infrastructure group in the Information Technology division of the University of Southern California (USC), which includes the Los Nettos Regional Network, the USC campus network, USC colocation services (external) and international internet exchanges. Anderson also serves as Director for Customer Relations for the Pacific Wave Internet exchange on behalf of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and works on the NSF-funded International Research Network Connections (IRNC) Pacific Wave Extension project. Anderson co-chairs the “PerfClub” support group for perfSONAR measurement implementations and has participated in various working groups within CENIC, Internet2 and Educause.

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