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FABRIC is Adaptive Programmable Research Infrastructure for Computer Science and Science Applications

FABRIC is a unique national research infrastructure to enable cutting-edge and exploratory research at-scale in networking, cybersecurity, distributed computing and storage systems, machine learning, and science applications.

It is an everywhere programmable nationwide instrument comprised of novel extensible network elements equipped with large amounts of compute and storage, interconnected by high speed, dedicated optical links. It will connect a number of specialized testbeds (5G/IoT PAWR, NSF Clouds) and high-performance computing facilities to create a rich fabric for a wide variety of experimental activities.

FABRIC Across Borders (FAB) extends the network to nodes in Asia and Europe for expanded scientific impact.

Enables New Internet and Science Applications

Advances Cybersecurity

Integrates Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Integrates HPC, Wireless, and IoT

Promotes Education

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A Reimagined Internet — NCSA Feature

CYBR031922_FABRIC_PR-3-1756x988 This article was originally published on the NCSA website. When the internet launched in…   Read More >

NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure special solicitation introduces new areas

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC) program invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure…   Read More >

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Anticipated FABRIC Topology


Development Timeline

10/01/2019 - 09/30/2020

Finalize node and topology designs and deployment plans, collect community feedback. Design and begin implementation of control and measurement software. Prototype and test different FABRIC nodes.

FABRIC Contributors

Facility Partners


FABRIC is made possible by collaborations with the following organizations.

FABRIC is supported in part by a Mid-Scale RI-1 NSF award under Grant No. 1935966.

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