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High-speed network in São Paulo

A high-speed fiber optic network connecting eight universities in São Paulo and institutions abroad was inaugurated on September 29. The new network, called Backbone SP, will be used to share scientific data and teaching materials and for high-performance computational processing. Developed over the last two years, Backbone SP will be operated by the Research and Education Network at São Paulo (REDNESP), replacing the Academic Network at São Paulo (Rede ANSP), funded by FAPESP. It will connect the University of São Paulo (USP), the State University of São Paulo (UNESP), the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Mackenzie Presbyterian University, and the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), offering speeds of 100 gigabits per second (Gbps), which can be increased as needed. Backbone SP will serve as the structure for exchanging information between São Paulo institutions and international academic networks. “From a transmission capacity perspective, we are now on a par with international backbones,” said João Eduardo Ferreira, coordinator of REDNESP.