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  • Subject: [I2-NEWS] High Performance Research Projects Advance Through New Interoperable Transatlantic Network Services
  • Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:35:01 -0500 (EST)

High Performance Research Projects Advance Through New Interoperable
Transatlantic Network Services

Technical and strategic collaboration between GÉANT, ESnet, Internet2 and
other partners to help underpin data-intensive projects such as Large Hadron

Seattle--(November 15, 2011)--Transatlantic research projects that rely on
high performance computing will benefit from seamless, end-to-end network
services. Some of these capabilities are being demonstrated this week at
SC11, the international conference for high performance, computing,
networking, storage and analysis, by research networks GÉANT, ESnet and
Internet2. The presentation in Internet2’s booth (#1327 – see times below)
will illustrate Layer2 Transatlantic data traffic flow in support of the
Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project.

When the services are officially launched in the coming months, users
involved in data-intensive projects such as high energy physics, radio
astronomy and fusion research will be able to access interoperable,
dynamically provisioned on-demand network links and multi-domain monitoring
on both sides of the Atlantic for the first time. This seamless approach
makes it simpler to collaborate on large-scale projects, speeding up research
and adding flexibility to high performance computing.

A longstanding collaboration has existed between leading research networks
GÉANT (operated by DANTE), the Department of Energy’s ESnet, Internet2,
Canadian research network CANARIE, Indiana University GlobalNOC and US
LHCnet. From which, many of the partners have now co-operated to create a
fully interoperable, extensible end-to-end service portfolio that will enable
users to quickly establish and configure on-demand end-to-end high capacity
links, across multiple networks, safe in the knowledge that they are
completely interoperable. Projects will benefit further from a higher quality
of service through perfSONAR multi-domain monitoring that keeps a constant
watch over the end-to-end network performance, enabling a faster
troubleshooting response. The partners expect to extend this framework to
regional and international peers around the globe.

One of the first users of the collaboration’s fruits will be CERN’s Large
Hadron Collider (LHC), which generates 15 petabytes of data per year. The LHC
Open Network Environment (LHCONE) network is using both bandwidth on demand
and network monitoring to transfer this data between scientists and
researchers in Europe and the US and to assess network performance. A
demonstration at the Internet2 booth at SC11 (#1327) will illustrate Layer 2
transatlantic data traffic flow in support of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
project. Data movement will be shown across transatlantic links as well as
participating end sites in the US and Europe. This innovative work provides
dedicated network overlays for the particle physics community.

Given the increasingly global nature of research, the interoperability
standards developed by the collaboration have potential to contribute to the
development of a global standard. The collaborators are working together with
other networking organisations on the Network Services Interface (NSI)
protocol, which is being developed within the Open Grid Forum (OGF), to
ensure the seamless delivery of dynamic circuit provisioning around the world.

“The rapidly increasing number of data intensive research projects rely on
high performance computing to transmit, process and analyse massive volumes
of information,” said Niels Hersoug, Joint General Manager, DANTE, the
organisation which on behalf of Europe’s National Research and Education
Networks (NRENs) has built and operates the GÉANT network. “In a global
research economy ensuring this data quickly reaches users across the world is
critical to collaboration and progress. The technical partnership behind this
innovative portfolio of services will enable the interoperability that
researchers need to move high performance computing forward.”

“Transatlantic co-operation is at the heart of research and it is imperative
that projects have the tools and services they need to seamlessly share
information across multiple networks,” said Steve Cotter, head of ESnet.
“This collaboration will deliver the flexibility and high performance that
research projects need, building on our own services to create an end-to-end,
multi-domain portfolio to underpin vital research.”

“Research collaboration, particularly on data-intensive projects in physics
and radio astronomy is truly global,” said Dave Lambert, Internet2 CEO.
“Networks therefore need to work together to deliver seamless services to
support this. Our own collaboration is a first step towards the creation of
open, standards-based services that can be deployed around the world in
support of global research and have the potential to transform the practice
of networking.”

Presentation times at the Internet2 booth (#1327): Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 11a.m.
and 4 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov.
17 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

About ESnet
ESnet provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists
at national laboratories, universities and other research institutions,
enabling them to work together on some of the world's most important
scientific challenges including energy, climate science, and the origins of
the universe. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science,
and managed and operated by the ESnet team at Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), ESnet provides scientists with access to unique
DOE research facilities and computing resources, as well as to scientific
collaborators including research and education networks around the world. For
more information, see

About Internet2
Internet2, whose network is owned by U.S. research universities, is one of
the world’s most advanced networking consortium for global researchers and
scientists who develop breakthrough Internet technologies and applications,
and spark tomorrow’s essential innovations. Internet2 consists of more than
450 U.S. universities; corporations; government agencies; laboratories;
higher learning; and other major national, regional and state research and
education networks; and organizations representing more than 50 countries.
Internet2 is a registered trademark. To discover more about Internet2, go to

GÉANT is the high speed European communication network dedicated to research
and education. In combination with its NREN partners, GÉANT creates a secure,
high-speed research infrastructure that serves 40 million users in over 8,000
institutions across 40 European countries. Operating at speeds of up to 40
Gbps, GÉANT is the world’s largest and most advanced multi-gigabit network
dedicated to research and education. Building on the success of its
predecessors, GÉANT has been created around the needs of users, providing
flexible, end-to-end services that transform the way that researchers and
students collaborate. GÉANT is at the heart of global research networking
through wide ranging connections with other world regions, underpinning vital
projects that bridge the digital divide and benefit society as a whole.

Co-funded by the European Commission under the EU’s 7th Research and
Development Framework Programme, GÉANT is the e-Infrastructure at the heart
of the EU’s European Research Area and contributes to the development of
emerging Internet technologies. The project partners are 32 European National
Research and Education Networks (NRENs), TERENA and DANTE. GÉANT is operated
by DANTE on behalf of Europe’s NRENs. For more information, visit

Paul Maurice
+44 (0)1223 371 300

Todd Sedmak
Communications Manager

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