Spotlight: Community Innovation Steered by MCNC
MCNC has allocated dedicated fiber to the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), one of North Carolina’s hidden gems at UNC-Chapel Hill, that develops and deploys advanced technologies to enable research discoveries and practical innovations. MCNC provides high-speed and reliable connectivity for RENCI to other high-performance research networks, and therefore a worldwide community of researchers. Researchers at RENCI and its partners are currently working to build a platform called FABRIC, to provide a nationwide testbed for re-imagining how data can be stored, computed, and moved through shared infrastructure. RENCI is in the process of finalizing facility designs, deployment plans, and acceptance procedures for FABRIC. They plan to begin hardware prototyping and software implementation in 2020.