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TACC to Upgrade to Internet2's Fastest Network Connection: 100 Gbps

AUSTIN, Texas - This summer, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin will leap from 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) to 100 Gbps in Internet connectivity with the help of Internet2®, operator of the nation’s fastest research and education network. The upgrade will enable scientists to reach TACC using Internet2’s new 100 Gigabit-Ethernet and 8.8-terabit-per-second optical network, platform, services and technologies.

"TACC's world-class computational, visualization and storage systems enable users to create and manipulate petabytes of data, and we’ll add new systems focusing on data intensive computing starting this summer,” said TACC Director Jay Boisseau. “This Internet2 bandwidth upgrade will enable researchers to achieve a tenfold increase in moving data to/from TACC's supercomputing, visualization and data storage systems, greatly increasing their productivity and their ability to make new discoveries.”

TACC’s systems are available to scientists across the country through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), most of whom are already located at Internet2-connected institutions and many of whose institutions will move to 100 Gbps connections in the coming years. The XSEDE organization announced April 10 that it had migrated and upgraded its network backbone infrastructure to the Internet2 network.

On a statewide level, TACC is a key partner in the UT Research Cyberinfrastructure (UTRC), which provides a combination of advanced computing, high bandwidth network connectivity, and large data storage to all 15 UT System institutions. This expansion will lift the UTRC to 100 Gbps connectivity between UT System institutions and other research universities throughout Texas.

“The university is thrilled to work with TACC to establish this ultra-high speed network connection and expand UTRC capabilities in the process,” said Brad Englert, chief information officer at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jim Bottum, Internet2 Inaugural Presidential Fellow and chief information officer at Clemson University, said, "The 100 Gbps Internet2 Innovation Platform serves as an accelerator to scientific research and provides increased access to the most advanced computational resources for faculty members at institutions around the country. By streamlining access to the latest advanced national cyberinfrastructure systems like Stampede at TACC, researchers are afforded a lightweight avenue for conducting transformational research.”

Internet2 consists of more than 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks, and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries.

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the leading centers of computational excellence in the United States. The center's mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. To fulfill this mission, TACC identifies, evaluates, deploys, and supports powerful computing, visualization, and storage systems and software. TACC's staff experts help researchers and educators use these technologies effectively, and conduct research and development to make these technologies more powerful, more reliable, and easier to use. TACC staff also encourage, educate and train the next generation of researchers, empowering them to make discoveries that change the world.

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Date Posted: 2013-05-23       Faith Singer-Villalobos