NOAA Nominated for 2015 Excellence in Government Award
NOAA has been nominated for the "Excellence in Enterprise Efficiencies” award, which will highlight an entity that saves money and works to be a good steward of public trust. Those nominated in this category exemplify how the government works to do the right thing. NOAA’s award nomination is for the design, engineering, and building of N-Wave, a high-capacity, financially sustainable nationwide network that interconnects the agency’s high performance research supercomputing facilities. N-Wave also provides a nationwide network backbone for all of NOAA’s research facilities enabling the agency’s scientific mission by interconnecting its scientists, researchers, research partners and other government agencies.
N-Wave is a highly scalable, stable and secure network built using 10GB per second Wave Division Multiplexed (WDM) fiber-optic links supplied by partners in the national Research and Education (R&E) network community including: Internet2 and the Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC). Several Advanced Regional and State Networks also work with N-Wave including: the Mid-Atlantic Gigapop (MAGPI), the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN/MCNC), Florida LambdaRail (FLR), the Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX), OneNet (Oklahoma's R&E network), the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN), the Front Range GigaPop (FRGP), the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP), the University of Alaska, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Utah/Utah Education Network (UEN).