PITTSBURGH, PA., September 9, 2010 — The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX), the advanced network research group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, has received a $980,000 Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure (SDCI) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, from NSF's Office of Cyberinfrastructure, is for a three-year project called "Web10Gig" that will develop network software to enable ordinary users to effectively use advanced networks.Web10Gig builds on an earlier successful project called Web100 that ended in 2003 and produced prototype software still heavily used. PSC partnered on Web100 with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (in Colorado) and with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (NCSA), and on Web10Gig is again partnering with NCSA, which received a $200,000 award from NSF for the new project.
"The potential broader impact of Web10Gig is huge," said PSC director of networking Wendy Huntoon. "IIt can make it easy for users from the broadest range of fields and technical abilities to use the network to its full capacity. Eliminating many common network problems will have a transformative effect for researchers in many disciplines."