OSC researcher wins grant to build digital bridge with Brazil

Columbus, Ohio/Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nov 7, 2013

Marcio Faerman, a scientific research manager at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), recently received a $10,000 grant from a joint partnership between The Ohio State University and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

Faerman’s research, one of 24 projects awarded under this new program, focuses on the beginning stages of building a digital bridge for research collaboration between OSU and the Sao Paulo campuses. Ohio State and FAPESP are each contributing $700,000 to begin the five-year program to support research and innovation.

The goal of the funded projects is to build collaboration tools that link Ohio State with colleagues in Brazil in new ways. For Faerman’s project, researchers will work together to develop an end-to-end networking infrastructure to provide advanced, high-speed communication services for online, data intensive collaborative work.

“The goal is to pave the road for bleeding edge, remote collaboration between Ohio and Sao Paulo institutions,” Faerman said.

Research teams in both Sao Paulo and Ohio are currently developing Science DMZ Network projects, based on the same core principals and architectural decisions developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). The Science DMZ network technology, proposed by the DoE, enhances performance of intensive traffic at the last mile, connecting the network to strategic campus labs and facilities. The technology uses traffic segregation, specific infrastructure, service and policies to enhance traffic performance. The application initially used to validate the international infrastructure will be a Peer-to-Peer Internet Protocol Television system.

Research and innovation developments in areas of shared interests between Sao Paulo and Ohio that will benefit from these advanced network services include medicine, physics and agriculture, as well as large instrument areas such as astronomy, manufacturing and engineering.

Notable initiatives in Ohio include the Byrd Polar Center studies on global climate change, Ohio State mechanical and aerospace engineering projects, the Ohio Bioinformatics Consortium, the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center, and the OSU Center for Electron Microscopy and AnalysiS (CEMAS). Projects in Sao Paulo include the Ultra-Deepwater Oil Exploration projects at the Numerical Offshore Tank, the Astroinformatics Laboratory and Earth Sciences studies at IAG-USP, the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute, the Virtual Institute of Biodiversity, and the eHealth and telemedicine projects at INCOR-USP.


Editor’s Note: For more information on the collaboration between Ohio State and Brazil, visit http://research.osu.edu/2013/09/ohio-statebrazil-collaboration-funds-24-proposals-to-build-on-existing-partnerships/



The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), a member of the Ohio Technology Consortium of the Ohio Board of Regents, addresses the rising computational demands of academic and industrial research communities by providing a robust shared infrastructure and proven expertise in advanced modeling, simulation and analysis. OSC empowers scientists with the vital resources essential to make extraordinary discoveries and innovations, partners with businesses and industry to leverage computational science as a competitive force in the global knowledge economy, and leads efforts to equip the workforce with the key technology skills required to secure 21st century jobs. For more, visit www.osc.edu.

The Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH) was established in 2011 to serve as the research and technology arm of the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), offering innovative technology resources and services for Ohio higher education, K-12 schools and state and local government. OH-TECH leverages the strengths and increases operational efficiency of each member organization: the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), the Ohio Library Information Network (OhioLINK) and eStudent Services. For more, visit www.oh-tech.org.