Indiana University is partnering with the National Security Innovation Network to create what it’s calling a first-of-its-kind warfare center capability. The university says it will use its Big Red 200 supercomputer to connect Hoosier universities to Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division through a secure, high-speed fiber network called the I-Light network.

IU says the network will boost research collaboration between universities throughout the state by giving researchers the ability to exchange large digital data files. It will also provide them access to supercomputers and scientific data storage facilities.

The university says the work to be performed by the network is currently done manually.

“As a state, we’re committed to propelling innovation and investing in emerging infrastructure like the I-Light Network in order to remain competitive and drive our defense sector forward into the 21st century,” said Clif Tooley, president of defense development at the Indiana Economic Development Corp. “With this strategic initiative, Indiana will continue to fuel industry growth by enhancing our network of defense assets and creating another tool to attract more diverse companies to the state.”

IU says the collaboration is expected to be a key component of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda and the newly-established Indiana Defense Network.

“Connecting the National Security Innovation Network to Indiana University’s Big Red 200 supercomputer, providing a gateway via I-Light, paves the way for enhanced and expedited innovation born from collaborations with researchers throughout the state and around the world,” said Fred Cate, vice president for research at IU. “Thanks to Governor Holcomb’s leadership, creating the Next Level initiative, and the strong partnerships with NSWC Crane and universities throughout Indiana, we will now be better able to put IU’s world-leading supercomputing capacity to work advancing national defense.”