Monday, October 20, 2014

ESnet Deploys Four Transatlantic 100G Links

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) announced a major upgrade of its transatlantic capacity in order to ensure ultra-fast access to scientific data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and other research sites in Europe.  ESnet provides advanced networking capabilities and tools to support U.S. national laboratories, experimental facilities and supercomputing centers.

Specifically, ESnet is deploying four new 100G links, which will be interconnected to the pan-European networking organization GÉANT 

“Particle physicists have been pushing the boundaries of networking technology for decades, and they will make use of our new extension almost immediately,” said ESnet Director Greg Bell. “Very soon, other data-intensive fields will benefit as well. We expect to see significant network traffic across the Atlantic from the astrophysics, materials science, genomics, and climate science communities.”

  • Last year, six organizations (ESnet, Internet2 and CANARIE in North America, with SURFnet, NORDUnet and GÉANT in Europe) deployed the world’sfirst 100 Gbps research link across the Atlantic. More recently, New Zealand’s REANNZ deployed an experimental 100 Gbps link across the Pacific.