OptIPuter Collaboratory

What is OptIPuter?

The OptIPuter, so named for its use of Optical networking, Internet Protocol, computer storage, processing and visualization technologies, is an envisioned infrastructure that will tightly couple computational resources over parallel optical networks using the IP communication mechanism.

'LambdaGrid' world

The OptIPuter exploits a new world in which the central architectural element is optical networking, not computers - creating 'supernetworks'. This paradigm shift requires large-scale applications-driven system experiments and a broad multidisciplinary team to understand and develop innovative solutions for a 'LambdaGrid' world.


The goal of this new architecture is to enable scientists who are generating terabytes and petabytes of data to interactively visualize, analyze, and correlate their data from multiple storage sites connected to optical networks. SURFsara is collaborating within the OptIPuter Collaboratory as a visualization node, and works on developments in high-resolution (remote) visualization, high performance network streaming and end-to-end performance scaling of demanding applications.