FABRIC Across Borders (FAB) is an extension of the FABRIC testbed connecting the core North America infrastructure to four nodes in Asia, Europe, and South America. By creating the networks needed to move vast amounts of data across oceans and time zones seamlessly and securely, the project enables international collaboration to speed scientific discovery.
FAB is driven by science needs in fields that are pushing the limits of what today’s Internet can support. It offers a testbed to explore ways to handle and share massive amounts of data generated by powerful new scientific instruments around the globe.
FAB is built around use cases led by scientific partners in five areas:
Sensing and Computing
SAGE • University of Antwerp • University of Bristol
Weather and Climate Prediction
University of Miami • CPTECH Center for Weather Forecast and Climatic Studies, Brazil
High Energy Physics
Large Hadron Collider, CERN • University of Chicago
Astronomy and cosmology
Legacy Survey of Space and Time • Cosmic Microwave Background-Stage 4
Private 5G networks, censorship evasion, network competition and sharing, software-defined networking, P4 programming
University of Tokyo • Clemson University • University of Kentucky • KREONET
FAB will connect FABRIC to five global partners:
- University of TokyoJapan
- CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear ResearchSwitzerland
- University of BristolU.K.
- University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
High-speed links will be provided by NSF’s International Research & Education Network Connections:
- TransPAC (U.S. to Asia)
- StarLight(U.S. to Europe)
- Networks for European, American, and African Research (NEAAR) (U.S. to Europe and Africa)
- AmLight-ExP (U.S. to South America and Africa)
FAB Core Team
- Ilya BaldinRENCI
- Anita NikolichUniversity of Illinois Urbana Champaign
- Jim GriffioenUniversity of Kentucky
- KC WangClemson University
- Inder MongaLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Rob GardnerUniversity of Chicago
FAB is supported by NSF grants 2029200, 2020260, 2029176, 2029235, and 2029261.