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Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD)

Date:2016-12-09 Author:

The Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD) is an advanced science internet network constructed as an optical ring around the Northern Hemisphere – connecting educational institutions, national labs and thousands of science facilities across the globe. On Jan 12, 2004, GLORIAD was initialized in Beijing, which is jointly funded by CAS, NSF and CRMSO (the Consortium of Russian Ministries and Science Organizations), driven directly by the requirements from scientists and science applications in China, US and Russia. CSTNET joined in GLORIAD as GLORIAD-CN since then. In 2005 GLORIAD expanded to include Korea, Canada and the Netherlands; and in 2006 the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland joined GLORIAD, bringing together much of the world’s top networking talent into one distributed network infrastructure and team. 

GLORIAD is a platform deploying applications for researching and solving the world’s major science problems, as well as offering high bandwidth distance learning opportunities. GLORIAD’s bandwidth is sufficient to support the most advanced high energy physics applications (such as the Large Hadron Collider), transmit entire libraries of information in seconds, perform highly technical data analysis, permit thousands of simultaneous videoconferences for distance learning or shared seminars, and enable remote sharing of expensive scientific instrumentation.

The greatest feature of GLORIAD is that it enables millions of scientists, educators, policy makers, artists and students to work together in a highly connected environment where they can engage in the kinds of activities that support scientific endeavors, from discovery to science diplomacy. 

1. Providing grand “Global Ring” network with advanced technology to support the science and education collaboration (10 Gbps)
2. Supporting advanced S&E applications (particularly HEP, Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Bioinformatics, optical network research, network security research)
3. Implementing a new model of distributed, decentralized network measurement, security and management tools to enable sharing of global network management tasks and focuses on user-level performance.
4. Increasing classroom-to-classroom cooperation to accessible scientists and students in other countries through EduCultural Channel, the “Virtual Science Museum of China,” the Russia-developed “Simple Words ” global essay contest, and a special partnership with International Junior Achievement. 

In 2009,the 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 and Egypt to the GLORIAD global infrastructure and dramatically improves existing U.S. network links with China and the Nordic region.