Higher-ed gets a new transatlantic network for collaboration

Research scientists get “ultra-fast and robust network” across the Atlantic Ocean.

network-atlantic-researchAt the Internet2 Global Summit today, the partners in ANA-200G and ESnet announced a new agreement that aims to improve the resiliency of what the partners say is the world’s fastest inter-continental network for research and education.

ANA-200G is a fully resilient 100 gigabits per second (100 Gbit/s or 100 billion bits per second) network that traverses the North Atlantic Ocean and helps support today’s most advanced, data-intensive research and education applications.

“This announcement demonstrates the determination and commitment of our partners to ensure researchers have the infrastructure they need to leverage massive data sets to create new knowledge and apply it to our most pressing problems,” said Jim Ghadbane, president and CEO, CANARIE.

This network is funded by four national research and education networks (NRENs): Internet2, NORDUnet, CANARIE and SURFnet. ESnet says it provides scientists with access to unique U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research facilities and computing resources, and is funded by DOE’s Office of Science.

The agreement announced today enables reciprocal backup between ANA-200G and ESnet’s 340 Gbit/s transoceanic infrastructure.

“As our community makes the transition to fewer but faster transatlantic links, reducing the impact of link failure is critical,” said Greg Bell, ESnet director and Berkeley Lab division director. “This mutual backup agreement is a positive development for science, and for the growing spirit of collaboration among the world’s research networks.”

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