The ANSP project (an Academic Network at São Paulo), as determined by a decision of FAPESP's Board of Trustees, “provides the State of São Paulo research community with state of the art computer networking connectivity.”


ANSP develops and maintains the infrastructure, Internet services and data communication in general which, in conjunction with ANSP’s Technical Reserve Program, offers the education and research community in the State of São Paulo the technological means needed to access information throughout the world, to share knowledge, to develop collaborative projects and for innovation on a large scale.


The ANSP Project is run by NARA from The Medical School of the University of São Paulo and is funded by FAPESP through process 2013/11711-5





From 6 November, 2014, all of ANSP services now operating in IPv6. 


The ANSP network has been using IPv6 (Internet Protocol, version 6) since 2004. It has been using IPv6 to exchange traffic with RNP (National Research and Education Network) and private institutions such as Terremark, since 2006, and with the American academic networks, since 2009. However, ANSP’s services continued to operate with IPv4 until last week.

Now the USP Cloud, where ANSP’s servers are hosted or replicated, have also switched to operating with IPv6, enabling all ANSP servers to begin working with that protocol. Since 6 November, 2014, the ANSP network has become fully IPv6.

Implementing IPv6 increases the address space for data packets from 4 to 16 octets, increasing the number of possible addresses from 232 (4 billion) to 2128 (510 trillion trillion trillion), which allows the Internet to continue to grow and develop as it has done until now.

With the increased number of addresses it is not necessary to use the Network Address Translation (NAT) technique, used universally nowadays to generate more IP addresses. Besides having to implement an additional protocol on top of another, some services do not work well with NAT.

The increased address space and the rendering of NAT unnecessary are not the only advantages of IPv6. The more regular and hierarchical header enables the processing of packets by network devices to be more easily implemented on the hardware making them more efficient.

This transition is another remarkable fact in the history of ANSP’s innovative actions, underlining its permanent commitment to delivering a state of the art network to its users.


 To find out more about IPv6:

Links e Sites Pointing hand cursor vector.svg IPv6 Portal on NIC.br. “IPv6, the next generation Internet Protocol":  http://ipv6.br/

 Links e Sites Pointing hand cursor vector.svgMOREIRAS, Antonio Marcos. "IPv6 in the universities and academic networks". Presentation of NIC.br at BMA3 (3rd Biannual Meeting of ANSP), 22 May, 2013.
       Available at:  http://bit.ly/11yTPZ7



 Jeronimo Bezerra demonstrated, at the 14th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop, in Queenstown, New Zealand, how the AmLight project is moving in the direction of SDN/OpenFlow.


Jeronimo Bezerra, a network engineer from CIARA-FIU (Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment at Florida International University) today, 1 October, 2014, gave the ​​presentation Moving towards SDN at AmLight, at the 14th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop in Queenstown, New Zealand. This workshop is the annual meeting of the Global Lambda Integrated Facility, a collaboration of all the academic networks in the world that have lambdas.

The presentation is accompanied by the article Benefits brought by the use of OpenFlow/SDN in the AmLight intercontinental research and education network, for presentation to the IFIP/IEEE - International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, to be held from 11 to 15 May, 2015, in Ottawa, Canada.

The article was written jointly by Julio Ibarra, Jeronimo Bezerra and Heidi Alvarez, from CIARA-FIU; Donald A. Cox III, from Vanderbilt University; Michael Stanton, Eduardo Machado and Iara Grizendi, from RNP (Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa/ National Research and Education Network); and Luiz Fernandez Lopez, from NARA-USP (Núcleo de Aplicações em Redes Avançadas/ Center for Advanced Networking Applications), School of Medicine, University of São Paulo) and from CIARA-FIU. It discusses the challenges and results from the implementation, on 30 August last, of the SDN/OpenFlow mode of operation of the AMPATH, SouthernLight and AndesLight international academic traffic exchange points, that constitute the AmLight international project.

The evolution of the AmLight project towards SDN technologies is a particularly interesting experience, given the technical complexity and managerial difficulties involved in managing an exchange point for traffic distributed via three peers (connected by nearly 20,000 kilometers of submarine and terrestrial optical fiber cables) and operated through an international collaboration involving four different organizations and serving a wide community of scientists from every continent.


 To read the article and the slides, visit:

Links e Sites Pointing hand cursor vector.svg Article: Benefits brought by the use of OpenFlow/SDN in the AmLight intercontinental research and education network

 Links e Sites Pointing hand cursor vector.svgPresentation: http://www.glif.is/meetings/2014/plenary/bezerra-amlight.pdf



 The joint event between BMA6 (ANSP 6th Meeting) and CineGrid Brazil 2014, which occurred in August 2014, had a positive impact in the science media.


In special reports, in the first half of September 2014, FAPESP’s News Agency highlighted the events of the 6th Biannual Meeting of ANSP (BMA6) and CineGrid Brasil 2014, which occurred together in the USP School of Medicine, in São Paulo, in the week of 25 to 29 August, 2014.

In an article dated 5 September, 2014, "The speed of the academic internet’s international connection will be doubled", Elton Alisson outlined the 25-year history of ANSP’s network operation, marked in 2014.

In an interview, available on video, Prof. Fernandez Lopez, of the USP School of Medicine, principal researcher on the Fapesp ANSP project, and coordinator of BMA6 (ANSP 6th Biannual Meeting), explains why the current speed of data transmission has become inadequate for communication between the São Paulo academic networks and the international academic community, and he announces that, from 2015, the first academic 100 gigabits internet connection between the Southern and Northern hemispheres will be up and running. This connection, currently in beta testing, will establish a much faster communication between the current networks in the ANSP Ecosystem and research networks in the United States and other countries, via Miami.

The article "Technologies of the cinema have scientific applications", from 11 September 2014, focused on the CineGrid Brasil 2014 conference, stresses the technological importance of shooting and transmissions in 4K for the purposes of academic research. The article is accompanied by a video interview with the Professor Jane Almeida, a Professor and researcher at the Laboratory of Cinematic Arts and Visualization (LabCine) of the Mackenzie Presbyterian University.

It is interesting to note from the article on CineGrid Brasil 2014, that the live broadcasts in 4K were performed with the use of one of the ANSP network’s 10 Gbps connections, a FAPESP project coordinated by Prof. Lopez.

The collaboration between the members of the two meetings (BMA6 and CineGrid Brasil 2014) occurred not only through the use of the ANSP network in the demonstrations undertaken ​​by the CineGrid personnel, but also through the participation of several speakers in both events, cooperation between the coordinators and participants and the support of ANSP in the organization of the meetings.


Read the complete articles and watch the videos:

Links e Sites Pointing hand cursor vector.svg 05/09/2014 The speed of the academic internet’s international connection will be doubled. By Elton Alisson - FAPESP News Agency. http://agencia.fapesp.br/19750 

 Links e Sites Pointing hand cursor vector.svg11/09/2014: Technologies of the cinema have scientific applications. By Elton Alisson - FAPESP News Agency. http://agencia.fapesp.br/19792



BMA6 was held from 25 to 27 August, 2014 in São Paulo, commemorating 25 years of the ANSP project


The 6th Biannual Meeting of ANSP (BMA6) took place at the University of São Paulo’s School of Medicine, on the Pinheiros campus in São Paulo, capital of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, from 25 to 27 August 2014, during the course of which those registered were offered a full program with thematic symposiums in the mornings and courses during the afternoons. The activities were led by lecturers and instructors from Brazil and abroad of recognized distinction from Brazil and abroad, based in the academic and business worlds of research and development.

The guiding theme of this 6th edition of the BMA was 25 YEARS OF MANY ANSPs, the subject of the event’s first symposium. The other two symposiums revolved around Cyber Security issues and New networking technologies, reflecting the concerns of researchers and users of academic networks.

In addition to the symposiums, courses were offered on topics of great interest to the IT community, coordinated by renowned teachers with experience and research in the area of networks: OpenFlowand NFV (Prof. Magnos Martinello from the Federal University of Espírito Santo - UFES): Cyber Security (Prof. Adriano Cansian, from UNESP - São Paulo State University, São José do Rio Preto), OpenStackand Big Data (Prof. Hermes Senger, UFSCar - Federal University of São Carlos).

Representatives from institutions such as iSight, OAB-SP (Order of Attorneys of Brazil), CGU (Brazilian Office of the Comptroller General), CTI Renato Archer, Redbelt, ACME!, CDCiber (Cyber Defense Center of the Brazilian Army) and RNP (National Teaching and Research Network) gave presentations on the development of their research and activities in the area of network security.

Professionals from Brocade, Datacom and Padtec gave lectures on R&D and demonstrated products aimed at academic research networks.

Academic institutions were represented by researchers from Fatec (Faculty of Technology - Ourinhos), UFES (Federal University of Espírito Santo), UFSCar (Federal University of São Carlos), Unesp (Júlio de Mesquita Filho State University - São José do Rio Preto, Unicamp (State University of Campinas) and USP (University of São Paulo).

BMA6 featured the presence of international personalities such as Dr Atsushi Takahara, Director of NTT Network Innovation Laboratories; Dr Cees Laat, Coordinator of the research group on Systems and Networks Engineering – SNE, at the Institute of Informatics, Faculty of Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Dr. Julio Ibarra, Assistant Vice President of Technology Augmented Research at FIU (Florida International University) operating in CIARA (Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment).

In keeping with the aim of BMAs to offer members of the ANSP Ecosystem, opportunities to mingle and exchange ideas with researchers from other institutions, in conjunction with the BMA6, on 28 and August, also in USP, the CineGrid Brasil 2014 international conference was held, with lectures and discussions on streaming videos that require high bandwidth. Information about the activities of CineGrid Brasil 2014 can be obtained on the event’s official website.


For more information:

 Links e Sites Pointing hand cursor vector.svg rsa.ansp.br

Links e Sites Pointing hand cursor vector.svg  www.cinegridbr.org 


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