100Gbps Prototype Network RFP is out!

All those cheers and whoops from the top of the Berkeley Hill would be us. ESnet just nailed another ANI milestone. We got out our RFP to vendors for the next stage in the nationwide 100Gbps prototype network.

The network will deliver data at scorching speeds and link three of the Department of Energy’s major supercomputing centers— NERSC at Berkeley Lab, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee— and MANLAN, the international exchange point in New York.

Your ARRA stimulus money is busy, this time building the infrastructure to help scientists communicate and deal with all that data proliferation from places like the Large Hadron Collider. We handle petabytes of data a month with our usual aplomb; but terabit networking is not far in our future. Good to get prepared.