Through TransitRail-Commercial Peering Service (TR-CPS), members can leverage their existing Internet2 Network investments to help serve their commercial Internet needs. In addition to enhanced network performance and cost savings, TR-CPS allows Internet2 members to more efficiently adapt to innovative uses of network resources both inside of the Internet2 Network and out in the commercial Internet by providing high-speed access to network-intensive applications, such as interactive social networking and high-definition video, among others.
Currently, the service offers over 66,000 routes through peering partnerships with commercial networks. Additional private and public peering connections are being evaluated to further improve and diversify our commercial network peering infrastructure.
Why use TR-CPS?
“We view [TR-CPS] as a way to redirect our expenditures on commodity Internet bandwidth towards the national R&E network so our money can be invested in our community's backbone to provide better services to our researchers as well as our other users.”
Indiana GigaPOP operations
Who can connect to TransitRail-Commercial Peering Service?
TR-CPS is offered to all Internet2 Network connectors, who in turn may offer it to any of their members.
How much does TR-CPS cost?
TR-CPS is included in the base connection fee, so it is available for Internet2 Network connectors at no additional cost.
Once a connector opts into the TR-CPS service, are they committed to using the service for a fixed period of time?
No. Once the service is established, the connector controls how much they use the service or not; they can experiment and evaluate the cost savings.
What Internet2 Network connectors are currently participating in CP service?
The growing list of participating connectors is available on the NOC's TR-CPS participants page.
How do I request TR-CPS?
Contact the Internet2 Network Operation Center (NOC). Your request will be routed to an engineer, who will be assigned to work with you to set up the service, based on your particular circumstances and configuration.
The NOC is reachable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year:
Is there a TR-CPS network map I can review?
Yes, review the current peering connectivity map on the Internet2 NOC site.
Where can I find more information on TR-CPS?
Visit the Internet2 NOC's FAQ page.