Lawrence Berkley Lab plans world’s fastest research network

Lays foundation for 100Gbps prototype Advanced Networking Initiative network

15 July 2011 by Penny Jones - DatacenterDynamics

Berkley Lab is working on a 100Gbps proptype network called ANI that once complete, will lay claim to being one of the world’s fastest scientific networks.
It will be used to connect US Department of Energy computer centres at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at Berkley, California with the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, Illinois, using the Manhattan Landing International Exchange Point. 
All end users will share the network for research purposes, helping them overcome constraints seen with rising data demands in research.
It will also be used to investigate and develop new technologies and protocols, with Berkley Lab signing a 20-year lease on the dark fiber network.
Research will also be undertaken following the rollout into a national-scale network test bed which will allow other institutions to make use of such network findings.
Department of Energy Office of Science director William F Brinkman said the network will be used for projects designed to enhance the quality of life through physics, chemistry and energy research.
"As science becomes increasingly data drive and global in scale, it’s critical that we create an infrastructure that will enable our scientists to collaborate and compete successfully in the search for solutions to come of the world’s biggest challenges in energy," Brinkman said.
Berkley Lab has signed with Internet2 to develop the network that will be used for advanced computation and networking.
It will use fiber strands on Level 3 Communication’s Tier 1 fiber-optic network and use Ciena’s optical networking equipment.

Thousands of scientists will use the network for science and research on environmental modelling, developing energy solutions and exploring the fundamental nature of the universe and for accessing information from other research facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider.

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