Speed boost for Myren research community

PETALING JAYA: A high-speed network that links researchers in various parts of the country has been upgraded at the cost of RM30mil.

The speed boost for the Malaysian Research and Education Network (Myren), which links 28 public and private universities, will enable the researchers to better carry our their R&D activities.

Myren has been upgraded to deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps (gigabit per second), said Prof Dr Sureswaran Ramadass, head of Myren at the University Sains Malaysia in Penang.

With such speeds, Myren can be used to provide video-streaming services and high-definition videoconferencing for the researchers. It was recently used to stream a video of a full solar eclipse that had occurred in Japan.

The other applications that have been deployed on Myren include, telemedicine activities and a virtual lab to teach science and technology to primary school students in rural areas.

“Myren also connects to other global research and education networks, such as the Trans-Eurasia Information Network in the Asia-Pacific region and GEANT in Europe,” Sureswaran said.

But it is much more than a high-speed research network, according to him.

Myren, he said, is a platform for creating research communities and to bring them together. “It encourages the researchers to work together, exchange ideas, and aspire for international recognition.”

Sureswaran said the Myren project will be transferred from the auspices of the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry to that of the Higher Education Ministry next year.

By the end of this year, another 40 polytechnic and community colleges will become part of the network.

When the Myren project started in 2005, the network speed was a mere 8Mbps (megabits per second).

++++ www.myren.net.my

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