10G Networking Technology Implemented at NCAR
||This map shows the sites and
connections of the National LambdaRail (NLR), a high-performance
network infrastructure totally owned, operated, and controlled by
the Research and Education Community. A primary goal of the NLR is
to bring together networking research communities to solve complex
challenges of network architecture, end-to-end performance, and
scaling. Having supported this project since its inception in 2001,
NETS applied this knowledge and expertise to several other major
There is tremedous activity in the national and global networking
environment moving to 10Gb/s connectivity. NETS has participated in
three major projects in this area. NETS formed a Front Range GigaPop
(FRGP) consortium to connect to the National LambdaRail (NLR) at
10Gb/s and successfully activated that service in FY 2006. Next, NETS
led the effort to connect NCAR to the NSF Teragrid at 10Gb/s. NETS
then upgraded the connectivity within the NCAR computer room to
10Gb/s, including the link from Boulder to the FRGP in Denver.
These upgrades will provide an order of magnitude improvement
in connectivity for UCAR scientists and users.
NETS will work with the FRGP and the NCAR/UCAR research communities
to expand and enhance the use of NLR by utilizing all of the advanced
capabilities available such as dedicated bandwidth.
These projects support NCAR's strategic priority of "Developing
and providing advanced services and tools." This work is funded by
the FRGP and through the UCAR Communications Pool indirect funds.