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Center for International Networking Initiatives
311 Conference Center Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996-4134
Phone: 865-974-4251
Fax: 865-974-1838


Gregory Cole, Director


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Center for International Networking Initiatives/GLORIAD

CINI develops and implements networking projects—using next-generation Internet capability—which are designed to tie scientists, educators, and students together in countries around the globe.

News and Activities:

July 2010GLORIAD's Director, Greg Cole, was recently in India in connection with the commissioning of the GLORIAD-Taj expansion, a 1 Gbps link connecting the GLORIAD network with India's NKN. While there, Greg gave a presentation titled  "New Vistas in Global Cooperation for Science and Education: India to connect to the GLORIAD network." His lecture was featured in the July issue of the newsletter of the Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai.

July 2010Tennessee Today, UT's online news and information magazine, has posted a video titled "UT-based Fiber Optic Network Expands Global Reach." The video discusses GLORIAD (Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development) and its mission through an interview with GLORIAD Director Greg Cole.

June 2010Greg Cole participated in SingAREN Fest 2010 on June 28, 2010 in Singapore. This event brings together members from academia, research organizations, industries, and overseas counterparts within the research and education network community. This year’s theme of Global Network Connectivity- Making the Difference highlighted  Ipv6, Singapore Internet Exchange (SGIX), Future Internet Testbed, and the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD), and also included a hands-on demonstration. Dr. Cole delivered a presentation titled “Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD) Federated Model of Community-focused Cyberinfrastructure.”

June 2010Greg Cole participated in the US-India Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation held on June 24-25, 2010 at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Dr. Cole delivered a presentation titled “The Cross Cutting Impact of Advanced Broadband Telecommunications on Science and Technology Cooperation between the United States and India.” For additional information, see the OSTP White House blog about the event.

April 2010CINI/GLORIAD moved their offices and are now a part of UT's Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment. Please note the new address shown at the left.

October 2009The National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Taj network has expanded to the Global Ring Network for Advanced Application Development (GLORIAD), wrapping another ring of light around the northern hemisphere for science and education. Taj now connects India, Singapore, Vietnam, and Egypt to the GLORIAD global infrastructure and dramatically improves existing U.S. network links with China and the Nordic region.

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CINI Projects:

GLORIAD (Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development) - a fiber optic network directly connecting scientific and education communities in the United States with 10 partner nations. GLORIAD links scientists in the US, Russia, China, Korea, Canada, The Netherlands, India, Egypt, Singapore, and the Nordic Countries with advanced cyberinfrastructure.

Friends & Partners: Linking US-Russia Across the Internet - Friends and Partners is one of the first Internet services developed jointly by citizens of the United States and Russia. Friends and Partners now represents a community of people all over the world who provide information and communications services to promote better understanding, friendship, and partnership between individuals and organizations of the United States (and, more broadly, "the west") and countries of the Former Soviet Union.