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NPS Named Charter Associate in Statewide IT Consortium
U.S. Navy graphic illustration by MC2 Victoria Ochoa

NPS Named Charter Associate in Statewide IT Consortium

By MC2 Victoria Ochoa

The Naval Postgraduate School has been recognized as a Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) Charter Associate. Charter Associates comprise the CENIC Board of Directors and set policy and guide the organization, as well as having full access to CENIC's entire portfolio of networks and services.

"CENIC is the only educational research network with the capabilities to interconnect the top research universities with state-of-the-art equipment and services," said NPS Deputy Chief Information Officer for Operations, Chris Gaucher. "It's the only network that meets the highest internet connectivity levels necessary for NPS and its research university partners.

"These connections, along with CENIC's unique bandwidth are vital in ensuring NPS meets mission goals of providing advanced level education to its students," added Gaucher.

CENIC is the only network operator connecting California universities that can deliver peer-to-peer educational database access via the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) and is the only operator providing 100GB or more access for NPS' high-performance computing needs.

"CENIC has a dedicated monitoring center that monitors traffic and provides technical support. This capability translates to optimal research and technical capability," added Gaucher.

To meet current NPS research and operational network initiatives, NPS must connect to a high-speed networking infrastructure with networking partner research institutions through the non-profit CENIC and CalREN networks.

"An example of how NPS uses the advanced networking services provided by CENIC range from NPS distributed-learning to the work of weather researchers, who are using our CENIC network to transfer very high-resolution weather forecast data sets," said Joe LoPiccolo, NPS Chief Information Officer and Director for Information Technology and Communications Services.

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