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New perfSONAR Updates to be Showcased at Internet2 2015 Technology Exchange

Sep 25, 2015, by Elizabeth Boten
Tags: 2015 Technology Exchange, perfSONAR

Updates include support for accelerating node deployment; reduction of NOC costs

To propel the automation and deployment of large scale distributed monitoring infrastructures across the Research and Education (R&E) community, ESnet, GEANT, Indiana University, and Internet2 announced the release of perfSONAR v3.5.

perfSONAR is a widely deployed test and measurement infrastructure that is used by science networks and facilities around the world to monitor and ensure network performance.The perfSONAR updates include support for accelerating the deployment of nodes within a campus or enterprise, improves the security profile of perfSONAR nodes, and reduces network operations center (NOC) integration costs.

“This perfSONAR update is a major step forward towards making performance monitoring infrastructure as ubiquitous as network infrastructure,” said Rob Vietzke, vice president, network services, Internet2. “There is huge value to deploying perfSONAR to understand how certain use cases on the network, such as bulk data transfer, video and audio streaming, will perform between sites, and those of collaborators, aggregation networks, backbone networks, exchange points, or content providers. This is a critical need for the R&E community, which relies on a top-notch and robust network to collaborate and propel research, scholarship, and innovation.”

First released 10 years ago, perfSONAR is designed to provide federated coverage of paths, and helps to establish end-to-end usage expectations in a global R&E network ecosystem, comprised of hundreds of international, national, regional, and local-scale networks. perfSONAR is currently installed at more than 1,200 sites around the world.

"This new release is a great step toward enabling perfSONAR to be used for monitoring and troubleshooting entire campuses and laboratories, rather than just backbone networks and Science DMZs," said ESnet Director Greg Bell. "As research is becoming increasingly data-intensive, the ability to pinpoint and eliminate network bottlenecks is critical in order to make the most effective use of networks."