ESnet’s Greg Bell to Discuss Networking, Cybersercurity at Centers for Disease Control  

ESnet Director Greg Bell will give an invited talk on “Cyber Security and Data Mobility in a World of Ultrafast Networks and Data-Intensive Science” to senior IT managers and security staff at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta on Wednesday, June 4. The CDC has just completed the first phase of its “Research Grade Network” upgrade project, which was significantly influenced by ESnet designs and recommendations. Because the CDC has staff in 50+ countries, effective use of global networks is key to its success.

Bell was invited to give the talk by CDC Chief Technology Officer Jaspal Sagoo after they met when Bell gave a keynote talk on “Networking for Discovery” at Scaling Networks Securely and Cost Effectively, a one-day program targeted at government network providers and IT staff on Feb. 20, 2014.


Announcing the Keynotes for the Focused Technical Workshop on Climate!

 We are pleased to announce three influential keynote speakers for the upcoming Focused Technical Workshop titled “Improving Data Mobility and Management for International Climate Science”, which will be hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, CO from July 14-16, 2014.

The first keynote will be delivered by NOAA’s Dr. Alexander “Sandy” MacDonald, Chief Science Advisor and Director of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), who is known for his influential work in weather forecasting and high performance computing at NOAA.

Also from NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) and Princeton University, Dr. V. Balaji, Head of the Modeling Systems Group, will share the importance of bridging the worlds between science and software with workshop attendees.

And finally, Eli Dart, a highly-acclaimed network engineer from the Department of Energy’s ESnet who is credited with co-developing the Science DMZ model, will wrap up the workshop with the final keynote focused on how to create cohesive strategies for data mobility across computer systems, networks and science environments.

Inspired by each of the keynote speaker’s integral roles in climate science, computing and network architectures, the workshop intends to spark lively, interactive discussions between the research and education (R&E) and climate science communities to build long-term relationships and create useful tools and resources for improved climate data transport and management.

We look forward to seeing you in Boulder!

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Register Now for Workshop on Improving Climate Data Management

Registration is now open for the Focused Technical Workshop on Improving Data Mobility & Management for International Climate Science to be held July 14 – 16 in Boulder, Colo. The workshop is part of a series sponsored by ESnet and Internet2 and is co-sponsored by Indiana University, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The workshop, hosted by NOAA, brings together network experts with scientists in the domain of international climate sciences to discuss their most pressing network-related issues and requirements. The format is designed to encourage lively, interactive discussions with the goal of developing a set of tangible next steps for supporting this data-intensive science community.

Workshop registration is limited to 100 participants. For registration information, go to: For more information about the

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ESnet’s Mike Bennett Retiring after 26 Years of Making Key Connections

Since he started working at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory back in 1988, Mike Bennett has found himself in the middle of a number of interesting transitions. But come April 30, he’ll make his last one – transitioning into retirement.
When Bennett started as an engineering technologist at the Bevatron, one end of the control room was filled with analog equipment featuring knobs, dials, oscilloscopes and other devices. At the other end was a computer powered by an Intel 286 CPU.  Since then things have gotten a lot faster and one of Bennett’s more recent projects was connecting Berkeley Lab to ESnet’s 100 gigabit-per-second network backbone.

Along the way, he’s also played a key role in establishing energy-efficiency standards for network equipment, earning recognition from IEEE for his contributions. »Read more.


               Mike Bennett

100 Gbps Test Link Sets Pace for Faster Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers


Data transfers from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland to sites in the U.S. have historically taken different paths – 15 in all – via 10 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) links separately managed by three research networks in the U.S. and Europe. So what would happen if those massive datasets were instead transferred using a single 100 Gbps connection?

 That was the thinking behind an experiment that began in early March as the Department of Energy’s ESnet, Internet2, CANARIE, GÉANT, NORDUnet and SURFnet — the leading research and education networks in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Scandinavia – collaborated with CERN to use a leased 100 Gbps connection between Amsterdam (Netherlight Open Exchange) and New York. The four-week test was conducted in collaboration with LHCONE, the LHC Open Network Environment.

The results of the initial test were impressive.

“Using test data, we ran a 10 minute saturation test at 99.9 percent utilization with no loss, no errors,” O’Connor said. “Then we ran a 24 hour test at 50 Gbps, passing over 540 terabytes of data with no loss and no errors. This successful testing will help pave the way to production use of the connection for data from LHC experiments.”

The 100 Gbps link, called the Advanced North Atlantic 100G Pilot project, was launched by the participating organizations last June with the first Transatlantic 100 Gbps demonstrations. The year-long project being used for engineering and testing applications, resources, monitoring techniques and advanced technologies such as software-defined networking.

Read the full story.


Submissions Now Open for Workshop on Improving Data Management for Climate Science

ESnet and Internet2 are now accepting submissions for the Focused Technical Workshop on Improving Data Mobility & Management for International Climate Science. The workshop, hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will be held July 14-16, 2014, in Boulder, Colo.

The program committee is seeking presentation proposals for these focus areas:

  • Technology Best Practices
  • Scientific Drivers
  • Facility Overviews

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please send an email to that includes the title, length of talk, abstract, name of speaker and contact information (title, organization, and email for any speakers other than the submitter).

Submissions are due by Wednesday, April 30. Accepted speakers will be notified by May 15.

ESnet and Internet2 – in collaboration with partners Indiana University (IU), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and NOAA – are hosting the workshop to bring together network, software and data management experts with scientists from the international climate community. The goal is to initiate a dialogue among climate scientists, climate data manager, and cyberinfrastructure engineers with the aim of building longer-term relationships. The workshop also seeks to provide climate researchers with immediately useful tools and resources for improved data transport and management.

The workshop will include a slate of invited speakers and panelists in a format designed to encourage lively, interactive discussions with the goal of developing a set of tangible next steps for supporting this data-intensive science community. The workshop intends to include breakout sessions as well as many opportunities for professional networking.

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ESnet’s Inder Monga Quoted in Gov’t Computer News Story on SDN

In a Government Computer News article on government agencies experimenting with Software Defined Networking, writer John Moore interviewed several experts from federal agencies, including ESnet Chief Technologist Inder Monga,

Moore writes “Science-minded government agencies and universities are exploring software-defined networking (SDN), an emerging field of technology research that seeks to liberate networking from its traditional hardware orientation.

“SDN could dramatically change the way governments deploy communications systems, say computer science researchers, who see networks lagging behind servers and storage when it comes to management control and other benefits of virtualization.

“Now agencies looking to upgrade their networks may have real opportunities to do so, given recent developments in using SDN to program and virtualize enterprise networks, experts say.”

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  ESnet Chief Technologist Inder Monga


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