Project State: 
Project Manager: 
Tony Brock
IT Infrastructure Services
Friday, September 9, 2016

IS, in collaboration with the CGRB and College of Engineering, recieved an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2013 to build a "Science DMZ" . We are now in the process of designing and deploying a network that:

  • Is explicitly designed for high-performance applications, where the science network is distinct from the general-purpose network
  • Utilizes dedicated systems for data transfer
  • Implements performance measurement and network testing systems that are regularly used to characterize the network and are available for troubleshooting
  • Enables security policies and enforcement mechanisms that are tailored for high performance science environments

In support of these goals we are acquiring equipment that offers:

  • High capacity (40 Gbps) to facilitate the fast and efficient transfer of data
  • Next-generation management that focuses on service delivery rather than traditional networking nuts-and-bolts
  • Long term value driven by flexibility and vendor roadmap to stay ahead of curve.
  • A Clearly defined roadmap for expanding to 100 Gbps connectivity while protecting the existing investment

Finally, we will be working with various researchers and groups across campus to ensure successful adoption and integration once the environment and associated tools have been successfully deployed.

Status Summary: 

The core fabric is now carrying research traffic and we are collecting routing performance statistics. Steve Wolbers has started documenting the on-boarding process and is investigating how to approach additional research projects. The draft final report for the grant was accepted by the PI and has been submitted to the NSF.

Recently Completed: 
  • Grant Awarded (Oct 2013)
  • Initial equipment vendor evaluations (Oct – Jan 2014)
  • Narrowed candidates from 6 to 2 (Feb 2014)
  • On-site equipment evaluations (Mar – Jun 2014)
  • Stakeholder consensus meetings/initial vendor negotiations (Jul – Nov 2014)
  • Finalize vendor negotiations (Dec 2014)
  • Order placed with vendors (Jan 2015)
  • Received initial equipment (Feb – Mar 2015)
  • Install initial equipment in datacenters (Apr – Jun 2015)
  • Install additional fiber between datacenters and buildings (Aug - Sept 2015)
  • Finish fabric configuration (Nov -Jan 2016)
  • Install equipment in the buildings (Jul – Mar 2016)
  • Initiate training and workflow analysis of researchers (Jan – Mar 2016)
  • Collect and analyze feedback from various stakeholders (Jan – Jul 2016)
  • Submit final report to NSF (Aug 2016)
What's Next: 
  • Install and validate Data Transfer Node (Jan - Jun 2016)