About the Lightpaths program
Lightpath is an on-going program allowing researchers to request and obtain dedicated CANARIE network infrastructure resources to build their own networks.
A Lightpath is a dedicated high bandwidth communication channel, or virtual circuit, or the concatenation of several sections of these to form an end-to-end Lightpath, providing effective bandwidth over great geographical distances, where available.
Lightpath benefits and uses
Users include anyone with a need for lowest latency, lowest jitter, dedicated bandwidth and/or increased security over traditional network connections. Typically, anyone can request a Lightpath for the following purposes:
- To perform research
- To perform demos
- To provide route diversity to organizations, and/or
- To create Articulated Private Networks (APN)
Here are examples of the way Lightpaths are being used:
- Dedicated end-to-end QoS and high volume data transfers such as Grids
- To interconnect institutes across the country into a private network
- Lambda user controlled infrastructure for a European research project to carry out development and test activities