Technology & Technical Description
RedCLARA is responsible for the implementation and management of the network infrastructure that interconnects the Latin American National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and, through them, a large number of universities and research centers. Thus, scientific and academic communities and many projects lacking adequate infrastructure to support its initiatives today advance and collaborate with each other, contributing to the development of science, education, research and innovation in Latin America.
The RedCLARA backbone consists of five leading routing nodes, connected in a point-to-point topology. Each main node (IP) represents a PoP (Point of Presence) for RedCLARA; four of them are located in Latin American countries: SAO (São Paulo – Brazil), Buenos Aires (BUE - Argentina), Santiago (SCL - Chile), Panamá City (PTY - Panama). The fifth is in Miami (MIA - United States).
All the connections of the Latin American national networks with RedCLARA are made through one of these nodes. The RedCLARA backbone is interconnected with the GÉANT pan-European network through São Paulo’s RedCLARA PoP link with the GÉANT access point in London (UK) - created during the ALICE project (closed in March 2008) - and also through two links that go from Miami (MIA - United States) to Paris (France - FR) and Slough (England - UK). Some very important links were provided by organizations such as WHREN-LILA and RNP, which contributed with two 2Gbps links between Porto Alegre and São Paulo and a 10 Gbps stretch between Santiago de Chile and Miami.
Regarding capacity, RedCLARA has an infrastructure between the nodes of Latin America mentioned in the IRU (Irrestrictible Right of Use) modality of 10 or 15 years. In this model, RedCLARA has dark fiber in Central America, through Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, a 10 Gbps backbone between Santiago (Chile) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a 3Gbps link between Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Porto Alegre (Brazil).
When a Latin American NREN connects with RedCLARA, it does through one of the five nodes of its backbone; this connection gives these networks and their members (clients) access to RedCLARA and grant them an Exchange Point.