Alberta’s High-Speed Network Grows to 10 Times the Bandwidth

(September 28 – Calgary, AB) '€“ Alberta'€™s high-speed advanced network, CyberaNet, now has ten times the bandwidth following an upgrade that will open new doors of opportunity for research discoveries in medicine, climate change, energy, and information and communications technology (ICT). This upgrade to the CyberaNet network, which is operated and leveraged by Cybera Inc., is the result of close collaboration with CANARIE, Canada'€™s advanced research and innovation network. CANARIE enhanced the capabilities of its pan-Canadian network in June 2009, boosting the bandwidth available for innovators by ten-fold.'€¨'€¨

Cybera Inc., a non-profit organization driving innovation and investment in cyberinfrastructure technology, operates CyberaNet as a gateway to CANARIE, which connects over 39,000 researchers at almost 200 universities and colleges across Canada, and many others around the world.  The upgrade of CyberaNet demonstrates how strong partnerships between the regional networks and CANARIE create new opportunities to conduct world-class science in every part of the country.

'€œWe'€™ve upgraded from 1 Gb to 10 Gb, which is a major milestone for the CyberaNet network,'€ says Jean-Francois Amiot, Cybera'€™s Network Manager. '€œIt greatly increases our capacity to serve researchers'€™ needs, improves the quality of cyberinfrastructure available in Alberta, and enables local researchers to participate in global network-enabled collaborations.'€'€¨'€¨

'€œCANARIE is proud to work together with Cybera and other regional networks to deliver the advanced networking capability required by Canadian scientists who conduct data-driven research,'€ says Eric Bernier, Chief Technology Officer at CANARIE. '€œThis ultra high-speed 10 Gb connection will enable Alberta-based researchers and their collaborators across Canada and around the world to analyze very large volumes of data, and harness their collective expertise to address grand challenges.'€'€¨'€¨

CyberaNet network usage has increased by nearly 30% this year, so the upgrade is welcome news. The majority of network use comes from researchers at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge who use the infrastructure to transfer high-volume research data or participate in high-definition (HD) video collaborations.'€¨'€¨ An example of that is Ken Fields, a University of Calgary associate professor with the Department of Music and an adjunct associate professor for the Department of Computer Science. He uses CyberaNet and an IPv6 connection to collaborate with colleagues in China. IPv6 is the Internet'€™s next wave of Internet Protocol addresses and is designed to be a successor to IPv4, which was the web'€™s first IP address implementation, but which could only accommodate up to 4 billion addresses.'€¨'€¨

'€œWe'€™re planning a concert over the research network with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing,'€ says Fields. '€œWe'€™ve had excellent results with multichannel, uncompressed audio in our tests to date. The HD video we'€™re using is flawless.'€'€¨'€¨Together, Cybera and CANARIE will continue to investigate opportunities to expand the advanced networking capability of Canadian innovators, enabling them to fully exploit these technologies in data-driven research, big science and international collaboration.


For more information:

Jana Makar
Director of Communications, Cybera'۬
Sonya Shorey'۬
Communications Strategist