Arizona researchers plug into Internet 2 at 100 gigabit/sec

Arizona researchers plug into Internet2 at 100 gigabit/sec

Arizona’s high-speed research and education network, the Sun Corridor Network, is now providing 100 gigabit/sec connections to Internet2 for academic researchers at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. The Internet2 connections – one located in Phoenix and one in Tucson – will facilitate high-performance, data-intensive research and collaboration among peers at national institutions, the Sun Corridor Network said in its announcement.

With its new Internet2 connections, the Sun Corridor Network upgrades from two 5-gigabit connections in Phoenix and Tucson to two 100G connections. This upgrade enables scalable, resilient and flexible access to a global exchange of advanced computing, storage and science instruments with low latency and the performance and reliability that come with a dedicated R&E network.

With the Sun Corridor Network, Arizona researchers are now able to:

Collect very large datasets from public streaming sources (environmental sensors, Twitter feeds, and Google searches) to build prediction models for health care and other industries for the INSITE Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics.

Collaborate with research partners via the International Consortium for Technology in Biomedicine.

Participate in larger collaborative models for conformant cloud solutions with the National Institutes of Health

Conduct pilots with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Cloud Genomics.

Engage in programs such as NCI’s Genomics Data Commons and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / National Human Genome Research Institute Human Microbiome Cloud.

“The Sun Corridor Network represents a tremendous opportunity for the advancement of the state of Arizona’s research and education objectives by using cutting-edge broadband technology to advance scientific breakthroughs,” said Gordon Wishon, chief information officer at ASU and current chair of the Sun Corridor Network Governing Board.

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