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Bill St. Arnaud is a R&E Network and Green IT consultant who works with clients on a variety of subjects such as the next generation research and education and Internet networks. He also works with clients to develop practical solutions to reduce GHG emissions such as free broadband and dynamiccharging of eVehicles (See http://green-broadband.blogspot.com/) . For more about me please see http://goo.gl/pOpwBView my complete profile

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Green Bond Funds and the role of R&E networks

Around the world universities, R&E networks and researchers in general are looking at an increasingly austere future of budget cutbacks and reduced funding for higher education.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Critical Future Role for R&E networks is to fund university IT departments to help reduce costs


I have doing some consulting work for a number of R&E networks around the world and the most common issue facing all of them is the looming financial constraints facing their institutions.

Monday, October 22, 2012

How to meaure economic impact of R&E Networks and Cyber-infrastructure


[One of the major challenges for government is to measure the economic impact of academic research.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Up to 98% of Internet traffic now consists of content that can be cached locally on servers


[It is interesting to see this report from Analysys Mason that confirms my analysis several years ago that most Internet traffic is moving to the edge delivered by Content Distribution Networks (CDN) delivered at Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) around the world.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

NSF and XSEDE survey on cloud use cases for researchers and educators


[It is good to see the National Science Foundation (NSF) and XSEDE (eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) undertake a survey to determine cloud use cases by researchers and educators and plan accordingly for the seamless integration of cloud resources into the XSEDE architecture.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Future of R&E networks and cyber-infrastructure (eInfrastructure)


[A couple days ago I had the honor of giving a talk on the future of R&E networks and cyber-infrastructure to celebrate Kees Neggers receiving the Order of the Orange Nassau ( the Dutch equivalent of the Order of the British Empire)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How To Use Cloud Computing To Do Astronomy (and other sciences)


[Here is an excellent balanced presentation on the advantages (and disadvantages) of using commercial clouds for astronomy and other research programs.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Why CDNs are critical to future of R&E networks, Big Data and the Internet


[Today Netflix announced that they are deploying their own Content Delivery Network (CDN) for delivery of their video streams to Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) around the world.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Federated R&E networks take a step forward in Europe


[At the recent highly acclaimed Terena networking conference in Iceland there were several significant steps forward to move to “federated” R&E networks in Europe.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How Internet 2 is helping researchers make effective use of commercial clouds


[Here is an excellent article in HPC in the cloud on how the Internet 2 network is helping researchers and educators use commercial clouds.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

IXPs and CDNs critical to the future of competitive broadband Internet


[We continue to see consolidation in the broadband market and various games played by the cablecos and telcos to thwart competition or undermine network neutrality (See below).

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Software Defined Networks and integration of Wifi with 3G/4G for R&E networks


[A number of R&E networks such as SURFnet, JANET, AARnet, etc are actively promoting mobile services and looking at integration of campus Wifi with 3G/4G networks using Eduroam.

Monday, May 7, 2012

European R&E networks- cloud development and Green IT


[Here are 2 good sources on the latest developments with European R&E networks on providing cloud services to their communities and Green IT.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

7 reasons why R&E networks and Universities are critical to future of broadband


[There has been considerable discussion about the future of broadband in terms of infrastructure i.e. fiber, wireless, community owned etc . However, there has been little discussion, to borrow a phrase from Internet 2 , on Net+ broadband services.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Great example of public-private network-computer partnership to support big data research


[Here is a great example of how optical exchange points and advanced networks (STAR LIGHT) working in partnership with public clouds can accelerate fundamental research.