The National Education and Research Network (RNP) understands that the establishment of communication channels with other networks is important to make the global Internet stronger. The interconnection with other advanced academic networks, in particular, through Ipê network, is essential for the integration of the national scientific community with foreign researchers as well as for the development of services and applications for high performance networks.
Through Clara Network (Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks), RNP communicates with Internet 2 and Géant.
The Clara – Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks – is an initiative of network integration with the following strategic objectives: the coordination of academic networks in Latin America and other blocks; the cooperation for the promotion of scientific and technological development; and the planning and implantation of network services to promote regional and global interconnection.
The model of the Brazilian academic network is structured in three levels: a national backbone, regional networks and institutional networks.
The function of the regional networks is to interconnect the institutional networks of a certain geographical area, while the national backbone, managed by the National Education and Research Network (Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa – RNP) provides connection services between regional networks and the ones abroad.
Redecomep (Education and Research Communitarian Networks)
This initiative has the aim of implementing high speed optical networks in the metropolitan regions of the country served by RNP’s points of presence, in all Brazilian capitals.
The Brazilian state networks are interconnected by Ipê network. They are managed and operated independently, but they are an integral part of the project of a Brazilian academic network of national range, thought of at the end of the 80s.
It is the responsibility of the regional networks to interconnect the institutional networks in a certain region, while the national backbone provides interconnection services among the regional networks and international links. This configuration permits reducing the total costs of the national infrastructure and increasing the capillarity of the network in the country.