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Progress Update: Internet2 Community 100G Collaborations

Mar 28, 2012, by Ryan Bass
Tags: bad_text, Big Data, Datasets for Research, Higher Education, imported, Network Infrastructure, Network Partnerships, Research & Education Networks, Science & Engineering

As a follow up to the March 5 post announcing the first community 100G collaborations, I wanted to provide some more details and updates from Indiana and Ohio's Road to 100G. The states' visions to provide bandwidth-rich environments to spur innovation and drive economic growth are impressive. The Internet2 community applauds them, and looks forward to the announcement of more community 100G collaborations.

Recently, Indiana University and Internet2 engineers worked together to light a 100G wavelength between Chicago and Indianapolis, linking the new Monon100 network to the Internet2 transcontinental 100G network. The engineering teams focused on utilizing the appropriate optics at the endpoints, and the process of slotting the cards and configuring the wavelength was complete within a few hours—enabling the first client connection to the 100G Internet2 network.  In Indiana University’s initial press release, they explained how Monon100 will allow scientists and medical researchers to rapidly share the massive amounts of data created by modern digital instruments such as gene sequencers, powerful microscopes, or the Large Hadron Collider.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie: "This bold new step will keep Indiana at the forefront of network capability in the United States and open up remarkable possibilities for sharing information and knowledge essential to maintaining the economic vitality of our state and region. The inability to share massive data sets is one of the greatest barriers currently facing U.S. researchers and innovators. This advanced high-speed network will help overcome this barrier and give Indiana's scientific and medical research community a powerful tool in its continuous quest for scientific discovery."

David Jent, IU associate vice president of networks: "A network as fast as Monon100 dramatically improves researchers' ability to handle very large data sets. It's not uncommon for scientific instruments used to study things like human genes and climate change to produce data sets of one petabyte or greater. To move a data set this large on our current network connection takes 10 or 11 days. On Monon100 it will take just over 24 hours."

Ohio is actively outlining a plan to utilize its 100G connection to the Internet2 Network.  A recent press release by OARnet highlights benefits that the new connection will provide for medical researchers, job creation, and state economic growth.

Dr. Philip Payne, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University and Executive Director for the Center for IT Innovation in Healthcare: “Analyzing complex genomic information in order to deliver healthcare informed by the most up to date science consumes massive amounts of data. Until now, the speed and capacity needed to transmit this data between research facilities and healthcare systems throughout the state was non-existent and we had to physically ship large external hard drives between institutions. At these new speeds and bandwidth, we will now be able to transmit enormous genomic data sets with the click of a button to anyone connected to the network in just minutes. This is an incredible technological breakthrough for the medical research and clinical care communities, and will lead to improvements in health for every Ohioan.”

Tom Lange, Procter & Gamble's Director of Corporate Research and Development Modeling and Simulation: “This is a big win for Ohio. It puts us on the 21st Century Digital Highway, which will help big businesses, mid-sized companies and small developing firms. At P&G, Ohio's Supercomputing capacity and the high-speed network that supports it, allows P&G to model and simulate our products, and production systems, thus lowering costs and improving consumers experiences with our products. For small and mid-sized Ohio companies, many of which are P&G suppliers, this game changing 'data highway' upgrade gives them greater access to and use of modeling & simulation that can improve their products and thus help their businesses grow and to compete globally.”

Caroline Whitacre, Vice President for Research for The Ohio State University: “Ohio's research broadband backbone is already the envy of many other states. Accelerating its capacity to 100G will make Ohio even more attractive to medical research, manufacturing, engineering, and other technology sectors. This will put Ohio far ahead of the pack in university research collaboration and competition for federal grants.”