A rising tide of scientific data is being produced by wide-scale research collaborations in scientific areas ranging from physics to climate studies, astronomy, and combustion research. Our mission at the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is to foster scientific discovery by connecting Department of Energy scientists at over 40 national laboratories via high bandwidth access to unique DOE facilities, computing resources, and collaborators around the world. We help scientists manage, analyze and exchange large data sets generated by powerful supercomputers, large-scale research collaborations and unique facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider. We also conduct groundbreaking research on the networking technologies and protocols that will make up the next generation Internet as well as explore ways to build networks that can keep up with the increasing torrent of scientific data, but at a reduced carbon footprint.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the current ESnet4 network comprises an IP network for daily use and a high speed Science Data Network (SDN) for large scientific data transfers. ESnet’s reliable scientific network efficiently transfers user data end-to-end, no matter how many miles, networks and continents it has to cross. We continue to improve our capacity with the Advanced Networking Initiative 100 Gbps prototype network. We offer our users the ability to schedule data flows with award-winning On-Demand Secure Circuits and Advance Reservation System (OSCARS), multi-domain, high-bandwidth virtual circuits that guarantee end-to-end network data transfer performance. We provide our users network visualization and troubleshooting tools such as perfSONAR. We are also constantly improving the roster of services we offer users to make it easier to use the network, such as a knowledge base, a user portal MyESnet, and an integrated kit of tools.
Check out this short intro to ESnet: http://www.youtube.com/BerkeleyLab#p/a/u/0/zVxsK83c9zk