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10/31/2008 - WSU Researchers to Use High-Speed Fiber Optic

At the beginning of the new semester in 2009, Washington State University’s (WSU) research community will enjoy the benefits of high-speed fiber optic bandwidth. The university’s Information Technology Services division finalized a contract with 360 Network Inc. of Seattle to lease dark fiber optic cable access with 40 GBS capacity. The new fiber connection will give faculty and researchers the ability to rapidly conduct massive data computations and transfers, and to network efficiently with other universities and researchers nationwide and worldwide.

At a cost of $5 million over the next seven years, the fiber connection will be available at WSU in Pullman, Spokane, and Tri-Cities. Like Spokane’s VPnet, the fiber optic network will be restricted to specific academic activities such as research. The Spokane-based Applied Science Lab will use the new high-speed fiber optic cable to access national super-computing facilities, such as the DOE Science Grid (www.doesciencegrid.org/) and the TeraGrid (www.teragrid.org).

The DOE (Department of Energy) large-scale Science Grid involves many collaborators at multiple institutions, and supports advanced scientific applications and problem solving frameworks. The DOE Science Grid is making significant contributions toward the next generation of science.

The TeraGrid is an open scientific discovery infrastructure combining technology resources at eleven partner sites to create an integrated, persistent computational resource. Using high-performance network connections, the TeraGrid integrates high-performance computers, data resources and tools, and high-end experimental facilities around the country. Currently, TeraGrid resources include more than 750 teraflops of computing capability and more than 30 petabytes of on-line and archival data storage, with rapid access and retrieval over high-performance networks. Researchers can also access more than 100 discipline-specific databases. With this combination of resources, the TeraGrid is the world's largest, most comprehensive distributed cyber infrastructure for open scientific research.

The 360 Network fiber will connect the WSU Pullman campus to Spokane’s Riverpoint Campus, and to Seattle and University of Washington. The Inland Northwest GigaPOP system will be used to link to the other research networks.

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