Former Presidents Bush and Clinton to Speak at Tulane University Commencement

March 14, 2006

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

What: A news conference to inaugurate and demonstrate the new IBM P5-575 server to go online at Tulane University, a major step toward completion of the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI)

When: Monday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. 

Where: Tulane University Health Sciences Center, 1555 Poydras St., Room 1010 (10th floor) - Downtown New Orleans across from the Superdome

Who: Scheduled speakers include Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie, Yvette Jones, senior vice president for external affairs at Tulane, Paul Barron, interim CIO at Tulane, and others.


The Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, or LONI, is a fiber optics network that will soon interconnect mainframe computers at Louisiana's major research universities, allowing computation speeds more than 1000 times the rate previously possible, and transforming the research capability of Louisiana's educational institutions. Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has pledged $40 million over ten years for the initiative.

As a direct consequence of LONI, the Louisiana Board of Regents has become a member of the National LambdaRail (NLR), a nationwide grid-computing infrastructure that is expected to have the same effect on our nation's technological development as the interstate highway system has had on interstate commerce. LONI and NLR have far-reaching implications for Louisiana's research competitiveness and long-term economic development potential. In fact, many Louisiana universities are already engaged in potentially valuable research that will be exponentially enhanced by LONI and NLR. LONI will access NLR by means of a node located in Baton Rouge, eventually connecting colleges and universities in every region of the state.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000