Cybera to Host Solar-Powered Node in Canada’s First “Green” Internet

Cybera, a non-profit organization accelerating Alberta'€™s competitive advantage research and development, will host the Calgary node for Canada'€™s first '€œgreen'€ powered internet network. The GreenStar Network Project, an alliance of Canada'€™s leading IT companies, universities and international partners, has been funded by CANARIE, Canada'€™s research and innovation network, to develop an internet network where the nodes will be powered entirely by wind and solar energy.

GreenStar nodes are small datacentres-in-a-box which are solar-powered and connected to the research network infrastructure with optical fibre. Cybera will install, configure and maintain a solar-powered node in Calgary as part of the GreenStar Network. Cybera is investigating host locations in the University of Calgary'€™s Research Park.

'€œThis ties in perfectly with Cybera'€™s mandate to support and drive the development of innovative cyberinfrastructure,'€ said Robin Winsor, Cybera President and CEO. '€œAt the same time, it lets us contribute to the goal of building sustainable, energy-smart infrastructure.'€

GeoChronos, a Cybera project enabling Earth Observation Science researchers to share scientific data and applications via a web portal, will be one of the GreenStar Network'€™s first users. In 2008, GeoChronos received approximately $900,000 from CANARIE in the first round of its Network-Enabled Platforms program. CANARIE continues to be a supporter of GeoChronos. The Grid Research Centre at the University of Calgary, a Cybera partner, will contribute to the GreenStar Network'€™s research into carbon-based management of virtual machine mobility. The network'€™s rollout, led by the Université du Quebec'€™s École de technologie supérieure (ETS) in Montreal, began this month.

'€œWe are incredibly proud to launch the GreenStar Network under the leadership of CANARIE'€™s Green IT Pilot program,'€ said Dr. Mohamed Cheriet, Director of Synchromedia at ÉTS and spokesperson for the GreenStar Network. '€œThe GreenStar Network has come together to develop low-carbon technologies, including renewable energy like wind and solar-powered networks, virtualization, carbon quantification procedures, and tools to ensure ICT'€™s carbon footprint remains under control and doesn'€™t increase as the world becomes more and more reliant on information and communications technologies.'€

CANARIE'€™s Green IT Pilot program has allocated $2.4 million in funding for four ground-breaking Green IT projects aimed at reducing ICT'€™s carbon footprint and measuring the impact of ICT and cyberinfrastructure on university electrical consumption. The Greenstar Network was the program'€™s largest funding recipient, receiving $2 million to develop its data network.

'€œCANARIE has always been a global leader in high-speed networks that enable research and innovation. Now, these Green IT initiatives demonstrate how CANARIE is once again trailblazing the next evolution of networks that are committed to both high performance and the environment,'€ said CANARIE President Guy Bujold.

Participants in the GreenStar Network Project include the Canadian Standards Association, Climate Change Services; the Grid Research Centre, University of Calgary; RackForce Networks Inc.; Prompt Inc.; BastionHost Inc.; Cybera Inc.; Université du Québec a Montréal; ideal Consulting Inc.; Communications Research Centre; and Inocybe Technologies Inc.

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About Cybera
For the last 15 years, Cybera has supported Alberta'€™s system of research and development '€“ also known as cyberinfrastructure '€“ by planning and implementing advanced networks and computational facilities. Cybera works with the Government of Alberta, Cybera'€™s member organizations, other public and private Alberta organizations and interprovincial and federal partners to ensure Alberta'€™s competitiveness in advanced technologies. Expanded in 2007 from the existing Netera Alliance organization, Cybera manages CyberaNet, a high performance network that connects Alberta to CANARIE, Canada'€™s national research network. Cybera acts as the prime contractor for the management of WestGrid, a consortium that provides advanced computing for research to participating universities in Western Canada. Cybera also works with public and private partners to create pilot projects of new technologies that have potential benefits for Alberta and Canada. For more information, please visit the Cybera website.

About The GreenStar Network
The goal of the GreenStar Network Project (GSN) is to initiate a Canadian consortium of industry, universities and government agencies with the common goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arising from information & communication technology (ICT) services. GSN will combine renewable energy with rigorous carbon accounting to provide state-of-the-art ICT infrastructure upon which universities, businesses, and governments can provide certifiably low-carbon services. The expected result is the creation of tools, protocols, procedures and use cases for a growing network of ICT service providers that offer customers the lowest price and greenest services. For more information, please visit the GreenStar website.

CANARIE Inc. is Canada'€™s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network, hundreds of times faster than the internet, which facilitates leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. More than 39,000 researchers at nearly 200 Canadian universities and colleges use the CANARIE Network, as well as researchers at institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories throughout the country. The CANARIE Network enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, which can lead to ground-breaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE'€™s network, programs, and strategic partnerships with 12 regional networks in Canada, and 100 international networks in more than 80 countries, stimulate research that delivers economic, social, and cultural benefits to Canadians. CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with major funding of its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada. For additional information, please visit the CANARIE website.