eScience and eArts

RNP encourages eScience and eArts activities, that is, it supports the work of groups that develop scientific and artistic applications through advanced networks, for the generation of knowledge and new forms of art production.

An example is the network support that RNP provides to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), responsible for the weather forecast, control of deforestation in the Amazon region, monitoring of forest fires and natural disasters. Thanks to the 10 Gb/s connection to the Ipê network, the institution is able to transfer the large volume of data it collects between its two main campuses, in São José dos Campos and Cachoeira Paulista (State of Sao Paulo).

Similar cases occur with the Physics Institute (Instituto de Física) of the Rio de Janeiro State University (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro - Uerj) and the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas - CBPF), which take part in the analysis of results of experiments carried out at the LHC  (Large Hadron Collider), laboratory of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); the Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (Sistema de Informação sobre a Biodiversidade Brasileira - SiBBr), which integrates information on biodiversity and the Brazilian ecosystems; and the LIneA, a laboratory intended to support the Brazilian participation in large astrophysics surveys - projects Dark Energy Survey (DES) and Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).


RNP began its participation in international art collaborations in July, 2009, with the simultaneous broadcasting, from Sao Paulo to San Diego (USA) and Yokohama (Japan), of a digital feature film in ultra-high resolution (4K), “Enquanto a noite não chega”, by Beto Souza e Renato Falcão, shown in the Electronic Language International Festival (FILE). The broadcasting marked the first time a 10 Gb/s connection was used between academic networks in Brazil and the USA, and it was carried out with resources from the Glif community. After the experience, RNP was called to become a member of the CineGrid community.

RNP also supports, since 2005, telematic dance, in which a single choreography is performed by dancers in connected places, communicating through an advanced network. International shows “Dancing Across Oceans”, performed in 2012 at the APAN33 event in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and “Dancing Beyond Time”, during APAN36, performed in 2013, in Daejeon, South Korea, stand out. In both occasions, dancers in three continents performed a single choreography.

With resources from the Glif community, both cyber-performances involved the remote participation of dancers in the cities of Barcelona, Spain, and Salvador, Brazil, as well as musicians in Prague, Czech Republic, in the second event.

In June and July 2014, RNP collaborated with Japanese public television company NHK, and Japanese telecommunications operator NTT, to make a live broadcast to four cities in Japan of images in Super Hi Vision (8K) of nine matches of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The broadcast used resources from RNP’s networks and also of other academic networks of Latin America, USA and Japan. The same images were also shown at the CBPF, in Rio de Janeiro, with the support from Globo TV.