Technology & Technical Description
RedCLARA is responsible for the implementation and management of the network infrastructure that interconnects the Latin American National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and, through them, a large number of universities and research centers. Thus, scientific and academic communities and many projects lacking adequate infrastructure to support its initiatives today advance and collaborate with each other, contributing to the development of science, education, research and innovation in Latin America.
The RedCLARA backbone consists of five leading routing nodes, connected in a point-to-point topology. Each main node (IP) represents a PoP (Point of Presence) for RedCLARA; four of them are located in Latin American countries: SAO (São Paulo – Brazil), Buenos Aires (BUE - Argentina), Santiago (SCL - Chile), Panamá City (PTY - Panama). The fifth is in Miami (MIA - United States).
All connections to RedCLARA of the South American national networks are through one of these nodes, which, in turn, are connected by a 100 Gbps ring between the United States, Panama, Chile and Brazil, closing in the United States. For Central American countries, RedCLARA has an infrastructure of 20 Gbps capacity that is divided among the participating countries.
To connect with the world, RedCLARA mainly uses the Miami node (MIA - United States), where it exchanges data with the networks: GÉANT (pan-European), Internet2 (United States) and CANARIE (Canada).
The southern part of the backbone connects with 10 Gbps links between Santiago (Chile) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Porto Alegre (Brazil).