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.
The OptIPuter's 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, San Diego.
The OptIPuter receives major funding from the National
Science Foundation, cooperative agreement ANI-0225642 to UCSD.
Site Last Updated:
March 19, 2004