Castro Announces $500K for UTSA Cyberinfrastructure
WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, announced $500,000 of federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support strengthening cyberinfrastructure:
“Over the last decade, we’ve witnessed the effects of cyber operations on democracy and the critical need to build up our nation’s ability to respond and deter to such attacks,” said Rep. Castro. “This $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to the University of Texas—San Antonio to help install stronger networks for cyber-related research and activities on campus will help our nation bolster our capabilities and defenses, and enhance research and development in advanced computing theories and technologies for faculty and students. In turn, this grant will contribute to our national infrastructure, making our nation and the world a better, safer place.”
UTSA is implementing a dedicated, high-speed research network, referred to as a DMZ, to facilitate intensive computation and research collaboration related to activities in cyber security, bioinformatics, cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, real-time computing, and other efforts that require efficient and immediate access to large data sets to test theories. Installing an improved network infrastructure on campus, including 10 Gigabyte per second network switches, will fill the gaps between the network and the research labs. Once installed, the network data transfer rates will be 5 to 10 times faster. The grant is projected to run from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
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