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Internet2 @ SC19: Supporting Scientific Discovery and Research in High Performance Computing

Nov 14, 2019, by Sara Aly
Tags: 100, Community, Events, Frontpage News, Recent Posts, Research & Education Networks, Trust & Identity

Key community partnerships in support of research include Internet2's participation in supporting the National Research Platform testbed, the Open Science Grid data federation pilot, and the E-CAS (Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science) cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation, among other things.

Big science research projects happening across the Internet2 community are helping to accelerate scientific discoveries and innovation. Organizations that are committed to advancing research or supporting research activities in higher education need leading edge cloud, security, and network technologies as well as a community-oriented approach to collaboration.

Supporting collaborative research has been a key driver for Internet2 since its founding in 1996. Internet2 advanced technologies and community-developed tools have supported research and scientific activities through cyberinfrastructure, federated identity and access management tools, and cloud service capabilities.

Community Presentations and Internet2 Updates at SC19

High performance computing provides computational solutions for some of the world’s greatest challenges across a range of research disciplines. Internet2 has been participating in The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis since 1999, and starting on Monday of next week, Internet2 leadership and staff will join researchers, scientists and engineers across the HPC community in Denver for SC19. 

Internet2 will have a booth (#1281) at the SC19 exhibit hall. We’re hosting presentations by community members on the IceCube Neutrino Observatory—the NSF’s premier facility to detect neutrinos with energies above approximately 10 GeV and a pillar for NSF’s Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (MMA) program, one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas. The two presentations are:

  • Running a GPU Burst for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics with IceCube Across all Available GPUs in the Cloud by Frank Wuerthwein, professor of physics at UCSD and the executive director of the Open Science Grid
    Tuesday, November 19 
    11 a.m. MT
  • Burst Retrieval of Data from Multiple Cloud Regions for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics with IceCube by Igor Sfiligoi, lead scientific software developer and researcher at UCSD/SDSC
    Tuesday, November 19 
    3 p.m. MT

We invite you to join us at the Internet2 booth to hear the latest updates on exciting projects and recent developments at Internet2 related to the Next Generation Infrastructure (NGI) project, E-CAS, the Cloud Connect offering, research engagement efforts, trust and identity solutions, security (IRR and MANRS), and much more. 

Supporting the World’s Fastest Temporary Network

SCinet is the SC Conference’s dedicated high-capacity network infrastructure, designed and built by volunteer experts from industry, academia, and government thanks to millions of dollars in equipment, software, and services donations. Internet2 makes significant contributions to SCinet every year to support member demonstrations during the SC Conference, and this year is being recognized as a SCinet Platinum contributor

Internet2 staff contributions to the team of volunteers that support SCinet at SC19 include Sara Aly (Communications), Mark Brochu (Routing), Mark Feit (DevOps), Jeff Hagley (Wireless), and Matt Zekauskas (Management, DevOps, and WAN Transport).

On the networking side, Internet2 will be supplying ports and capacity to bring 2.5 Tbps to the network from around the country. Specifically, Internet2 will be extending SCinet using optical spectrum to three locations, bringing 15 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) links to Denver. This includes providing dark channels for eight 100 GbE of alien wave transport between StarLight in Chicago and Denver; for two 100 GbE of alien wave transport between the Pacific Wave (a project of Pacific Northwest Gigapop and CENIC) in Seattle and Denver; and for four 100 GbE of alien wave transport between Caltech and CENIC in Los Angeles and Denver.

Internet2 is also providing seven 100 GbE ports to its services around the country. There are two 100 GbE connections for its Advanced Layer 2 Service, Advanced Layer 3 Service, and Cloud Exchange in Denver; two 100 GbE connections at the Manhattan Landing (MAN LAN) in New York City; two 100 GbE connections at the Washington International Exchange (WIX) in D.C.; and a 100 GbE circuit to Los Angeles connecting to the 100 GbE circuit to Singapore provided by Internet2/Singaren.

Supporting SCinet Demos and Experiments at SC19

Network Research Exhibition (NRE) demonstrations at the SC Conference leverage the advanced capabilities of SCinet and display innovation in emerging network hardware, protocols, and advanced network-intensive scientific applications. At SC19, Internet2 in its role as a SCinet contributor is proud to work alongside community collaborators and support more than 20 NRE demos and experiments, including:

Another exciting demo that Internet2, Ciena, and Juniper Networks are currently working on with SCinet is the delivery of a ground-breaking, long-haul 400 Gbps connection between Chicago and Denver using the new Open Line System that Internet2, Ciena, and CenturyLink are deploying as the first segments of Internet2’s Next Generation Infrastructure program. 

If successful, this new system will be utilized in sending 400 gigabits of traffic over approximately 1,367 miles (2,200 km) using 400 GbE interfaces to connect to Juniper equipment at StarLight in Chicago and SCinet in Denver. Stay tuned for more updates on the progress of this demo!

See You at SC19 in Denver from November 17-22

eduroam at SC19 

Did you know that one of the wireless connection options at SC19 is eduroam? The eduroam service is an Internet2 member benefit for higher education. Visit to learn more or reach out to with questions.

Advanced research cyberinfrastructure support is a community effort that extends across the campus, regional, national, and international levels. SC19 is a great opportunity for Internet2 to engage with members, participants, and partners across higher education, regional and state education networks, government agencies, industry, and international research and education networks. 

Research IT is changing at an accelerating rate, while the range of scientific fields and disciplines depending on research cyberinfrastructure is expanding and becoming increasingly diverse. We all convene each year at the SC Conference to connect in person and learn more about the most recent HPC developments and projects that are happening across the broader research and education community. 

There is a lot of excitement building up for the opportunity to meet in person with Internet2 members at SC19. Our team is looking forward to sharing the latest Internet2 updates and learning more about our members’ research cyberinfrastructure needs for HPC.