GÉANT extends ESnet’s transatlantic connectivity with three high speed links across Europe
Cambridge, UK and Berkeley, US | 20 October 2014
Infrastructure will accelerate transatlantic research and education collaboration
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Sciences Network, otherwise known as ESnet, is extending its reach using the state-of-the-art GÉANT network and the services of GÉANT’s operator, DANTE, to deploy a resilient high speed network ring across Europe.
Together with the ESnet and GÉANT infrastructure, the three 100Gbps European links, shown in the map below, and associated routing equipment will greatly improve collaboration opportunities between US and European research and education facilities, thanks to the superfast connectivity and resilience vital for such big data uses.
ESnet is connecting to GÉANT at three locations: London, Amsterdam and Geneva. GÉANT will provide the three 100Gbps links to move data between these locations, as well as the GÉANT Open service, which will enable ESnet to quickly manage multiple interconnections with international networks. DANTE is also responsible for the provision and installation of the four ESnet points-of-presence across Europe.
DANTE installed ESnet’s first European network node at CERN (the major laboratory outside Geneva that houses the LHC) in mid-September, and is now deploying other equipment necessary to bring the first link online by October. The plan is for all links to be commissioned and in production by January 2015. The timing is important, because the LHC is undergoing upgrades and expected to resume operations next spring, at which point it will be generating significantly more scientific data every day.
All ESnet equipment housing, power and installation
within Europe is being managed by DANTE, the organisation responsible
for building and operating the GÉANT network.
GÉANT is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks
(NRENs). Together we connect over 50 million users at 10,000
institutions across Europe, supporting research in areas such as energy,
the environment, space and medicine.
Operating at speeds of up to
500Gbps and reaching over 100 national networks worldwide, GÉANT remains
the largest and most advanced research and education network in the
Co-funded by the European Commission under the EU’s 7th
Research and Development Framework Programme, GÉANT is a flagship
e-Infrastructure key to achieving the European Research Area – a
seamless and open European space for online research – and assuring
world-leading connectivity between Europe and the rest of the world in
support of global research collaborations.
The network and associated services
comprise the GÉANT project (GN3plus), a collaborative effort comprising
40 project partners: 37 European NRENs, DANTE, TERENA and NORDUnet
(representing the 5 Nordic countries), and 30 Open Call project
partners. GÉANT is operated by DANTE on behalf of Europe’s NRENs.
ESnet provides the high-bandwidth,
reliable connections linking scientists at national laboratories,
universities and other research institutions, and enabling them to
collaborate on some of the world's most important scientific challenges
including energy, climate science, and the origins of the universe.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science and
managed by the Scientific Networking Division at Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory, ESnet provides scientists with access to unique DOE
research facilities and computing resources.
For more information, visit www.es.net
DANTE is a non-profit organisation,
coordinator of large-scale projects co-funded by the European
Commission, and working in partnership with European National Research
and Education Networks (NRENs) to plan, build and operate advanced
networks for research and education. Established in 1993, DANTE has been
fundamental to the success of pan-European research and education
DANTE has built and operates GÉANT, which provides the
data communications infrastructure essential to the success of many
research projects in Europe. DANTE is involved in worldwide initiatives
to interconnect countries in the other regions to one another and to
DANTE currently manages projects focussed on the
Mediterranean, Asia-Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia regions
through the EUMEDCONNECT, TEIN, ORIENTplus, AfricaConnect and CAREN
DANTE and TERENA agreed in October 2014 to
join forces to become the GÉANT Association, a process which is now
For more information, visit www.dante.net