High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network
HPWREN
Mount Laguna Observatory December 13, 2000
Mount Laguna Observatory Astronomers Benefit from HPWREN
Situated at an elevation of about 6100 feet, San Diego State University's Mount Laguna Observatory (MLO) is 35 air miles from the SDSU campus (on a direct line of sight) and 45 miles from metropolitan San Diego. With telescopes that achieve maximum resolution, an astronomer at the observatory typically generates 200 images on a long winter night. In order to transfer the data from Mount Laguna to on-campus facilities, digital audio tapes (DATs) are currently used. However, high-speed Internet access provided by UC San Diego's HPWREN project will soon open up a world of opportunities for MLO astronomers.

HPWREN High Speed Backbone November 29, 2000
HPWREN Backbone Nears Completion
Significant progress has been made within the past few weeks toward the NSF-funded High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network backbone installation in remote San Diego county. Specifically, a 45Mbps full-duplex wireless backbone is being established between the San Diego coastline and the county's eastern mountains, which exceed 6000 feet in height.

The initial high-speed application will be the Mount Laguna Observatory, which is operated jointly by San Diego State University Astronomy Department and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Another immediate application includes earthquake sensors deployed by UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The HPWREN backbone consists of four nodes: SDSC, Mount Woodson, Cuyamaca Mountains, and Stephenson Peak.

HPWREN Backbone Installation Begins November 13, 2000
Backbone Installation Begins for UC San Diego's High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network
Though brisk temperatures and harsh winds stalled the backbone installation for a few days, significant progress is being made this week. Two antennas have now been mounted at Stephenson Peak, one pointing toward SDSU's Mount Laguna Observatory (MLO) and another toward Cuyamaca Mountains; the heliax cables will soon be attached as well. Meanwhile, installation of the MLO antenna has also been completed. Special thanks to Glen Offield and Bud Hale for their hard work on the towers!

Pala Indians Collaborate with HPWREN October 18, 2000
Pala Band of Indians Collaborate with HPWREN for Access to High-Speed Internet Access and Education Opportunities
Located at the foot of Palomar Mountain in east San Diego county, the Pala Indian reservation is home to 600 tribal members including more than 150 children who attend elementary school on the reservation. Until last month, the tribe could only dream of access to high-speed Internet connectivity...

High-Performance Wireless Research and Education Network August 23, 2000
NSF Awards $2.3 Million Grant for High-Performance Wireless Research and Education Network
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.3 million, three-year research grant to UC San Diego to create, demonstrate, and evaluate a non-commercial, prototype, high-performance, wide-area, wireless network for research and education...

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