Undersea data network planned off Calif. coast
IDG News Service - The tech industry is taking a dive, and not just in the stock market. The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced yesterday that it has awarded grants to build an underwater data network off the coast of Monterey, Calif., for oceanographic research.
The network, dubbed the Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS), will consist of underground cables and docking stations that will be used to power and provide high-speed data links to oceanographic devices, the NSF said.
While data links and electrical power are plentiful aboveground, the NSF said doing underwater research has been no easy chore, since information could be gathered only during intermittent ship cruises or using temporary, battery-powered devices. With the MARS network in place, researchers hope to be able to use underwater plug-and-play devices.
The network will be built during the next three years by a team of oceanographers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the University of Washington, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, all of which have received NSF awards to complete the project.
The first stage of the project will consist of 40 miles of submarine cable and a science node 4,000 feet below the ocean surface, the NSF said. The node will have four docking stations and will be able to provide oceanographic instruments with 10 kilowatts of power.
In addition to aiding oceanographic research in the area, MARS will also serve as a testing ground for a more ambitious project called Neptune, the NSF added. Neptune will entail thousands of miles of underground cables and dozens of monitoring stations, stretching from Northern California to Vancouver Island.
The large-scale network, which will cover an area where oceanic and continental plates collide, will be used to study earthquake and tsunami risks, as well as global tectonic processes.
This state transportation department uses computer science students from a local university as programming interns, and everyone is happy with the arrangement -- until one intern learns how to bring down the mainframe.
- IT Certification Study Tips
- Register for this Computerworld Insider Study Tip guide and gain access to hundreds of premium content articles, cheat sheets, product reviews and more.
- Changing the Way Government Works: Four Technology Trends that Drive Down Costs and Increase Productivity
- This paper discusses four technology-based approaches to improving processes and increasing
productivity while driving down department and agency costs.
- Path Selection Infographic
- Path Selection Infographic
- Hyperconvergence Infographic
- A wide range of observers agree that data centers are now entering an era of "hyperconvergence" that will raise network traffic levels faster...
- Preparing Your Infrastructure for the Hyperconvergence Era
- From cloud computing and virtualization to mobility and unified communications, an array of innovative technologies is transforming today's data centers.
- How WAN Optimization Helps Enterprises Reduce Costs
- If you wanted to break down innovation into a tidy equation, it might go something like this: Technology + Connectivity = Productivity. Productivity... All Government IT White Papers
- Cloud Knowledge Vault Learn how your organization can benefit from the scalability, flexibility, and performance that the cloud offers through the short videos and other resources...
- LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users?
- On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy...
- Mobile Security: Containerizing Enterprise Data In this on-demand webinar, Fixmo's Lee Cocking, VP of corporate strategy, explains why Apple-ization trends like mobility and "bring-your-own-device" (BYOD) are driving the...
- Endpoint Data Management: Protecting the Perimeter of the Internet of Things Not surprisingly, "Internet of Things" (IoT) and Big Data present new challenges AND opportunities for enterprise IT. Teams need to harness, secure and...
- All Government IT Webcasts