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August 31, 2010

The Louisiana Board of Regents received more than $1 million in a
two-year National Science Foundation award to connect an additional university to the
Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, or LONI, extending high-speed networking
capabilities in state.

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April 2, 2010

Donald Vandal, previously deputy commissioner for Finance and
Administration at the Louisiana Board of Regents, is the new executive director of the
Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, or LONI.

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September 9, 2009

The TeraGrid, a backbone of national cyberinfrastructure, received
$30.2 million in extension funding from the National Science Foundation to continue providing an
integrated, persistent computational resource for the national research community. The project,
led by the University of Chicago, is titled "TeraGrid Extension: Bridging to eXtreme Digital (XD),"
and extends TeraGrid operations through 2011. Included in the extension is $1.05 million that will
come to the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, or LONI, to extend the support and network
connections that allow TeraGrid users to access LONI's computational resources through March
2011.

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December 2008

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), headquartered in Baton Rouge, provides
local and national PBS programming for six separate DMAs as
well as to partner stations WLAE and WYES in New Orleans. Before 2008, all LPB programming
was delivered via satellite; this recent upgrade provides for IP network delivery with a satellite backup.

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October 16, 2008

The secrets to the origin of the universe teased an audience of LSU and
national researchers Wednesday at an Internet conference in New Orleans.

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October 13, 2008

The Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting took place 13 –16 October in New Orleans, Louisiana and was hosted by Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI). The program included many outstanding track sessions covering a broad range of topics. The 662 attendees, representing all Internet2 membership categories, took advantage of our in-person gathering to accomplish an impressive amount during the 77 Working Group, Special Interest Group, and Birds of a Feather meetings. In addition, we welcomed 75 first-time registrants to our member meeting, as well as 74 international attendees. Meeting attendees also participated in several activities surrounding our community-led Strategic Planning Process. For the first time ever, Internet2's
Advisory Council meetings were open, enabling meeting attendees to learn more about Internet2 governance and the important work going on within the Councils.

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October 2, 2008

tw telecom inc., a leading provider of managed voice, Internet and data networking solutions, today announced the deployment of a dedicated 600 Megabit Ethernet connection to the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI). LONI will deploy and manage tw telecom’s Internet solution to connect Louisiana's 12 major research universities in order to greatly improve collaboration on research projects and deliver results faster, with greater accuracy.

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January 31, 2008

Beginning Friday, Feb. 1, the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative,
or LONI, will integrate its centerpiece supercomputer, Queen Bee, into the TeraGrid, a nationwide,
National Science Foundation-funded research infrastructure that incorporates high-performance
computing resources across the country.

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December 13, 2006

Decades ago, University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor Z.L. “Zeke”
Loflin brought the first computer to campus.

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December 12, 2006

With the state bent on luring all of the movie-making business it can, the Louisiana Optical Network
Initiative could be Louisiana's star behind the big screen.

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December 12, 2006

Zeke is plugged in at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and ready to deliver
economic benefits to the university and the state.

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October 2, 2006

Pluto may no longer be a planet, but Neptune is alive and well, and it’s poised to help
transport the University of New Orleans - and Louisiana - into a new world of supercomputing
and research capability. Neptune is UNO’s new IBM P5-575 supercomputer, which will
facilitate UNO’s participation in the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (commonly known as
LONI), the state’s fiber optics network interconnecting mainframe computers at Louisiana’s
major research universities, making possible computation speeds more than 1000 times faster
than previously possible.

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September 25, 2006

Dell is working with the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) to help create one of the nation's most powerful supercomputing grids. It will include six Dell server clusters packing 30 teraflops of computing power, or the capability to perform 30 trillion operations per second.

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September 25, 2006

Dell is working with the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) to help create one of the nation's most powerful supercomputing grids. It will include six Dell server clusters packing 30 teraflops of computing power, or the capability to perform 30 trillion operations per second.

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September 21, 2006

The Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), a fiber optics network connecting supercomputers at Louisiana's major research universities, has increased the computing power with standards-based technology from Dell, making LONI's 85 teraflop grid one of the nation's largest.

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September 21, 2006

Louisiana's supercomputer network is receiving a significant boost courtesy of a new deal struck with Dell computers, much of which will directly benefit Louisiana Tech University.

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September 18, 2006

The Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), a fiber optics network connecting
supercomputers at Louisiana’s major research universities, has increased the computing power
with standards-based technology from Dell, making LONI’s 85 teraflop grid one of the nation’s
largest.

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September 11, 2006

Researchers in the United States and Japan today demonstrated “automated” interoperability between network and computing resources in two national grid computing research testbeds – the first such demonstration of this scale between two countries of new, integrated computing and communication technology that can be used to exponentially enhance next-generation Internet performance.

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May 23, 2006

The State of Louisiana is at the verge of having a major new computing network,
Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI,) that will provide a valuable resource for
leading-edge research in many fields that have advanced computing needs. The objective
of this symposium is to familiarize university faculty with some of the diverse
applications-focused high-speed and grid computing research activities related to LONI,
to explore new collaborative research and educational opportunities with regional
partners, and to explore how to strategically align LONI with new Southern University
initiatives, such as the formation of the Southern University Business & Research
Corporation (SUBRC).

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November 14, 2005

When LONI—the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative—was initially proposed, one of
its fundamental selling points was its potential to attract federal research dollars that
Louisiana institutions might otherwise have had to forego. Now, barely into LONI’s first
phase as a working reality in our state, the initiative has already played a direct role in
attracting to our state over $20 million from such federal funding agencies as the National
Institute for Health and the National Science Foundation.

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