Pacific Research Platform Awarded CENIC’s 2016 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental Applications

The Pacific Research Platform (PRP), an NSF-funded, science-driven, high-capacity data-centric “freeway system” linking universities, national labs and supercomputing centers on the West Coast, has been selected by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) as a recipient of the 2016 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental Applications.

ESnet is a key technical partner in the PRP, which integrates Science DMZs, developed by ESnet as secure network enclaves for high-speed, data-intensive science, thereby creating a secure, seamless fabric that will enable researchers worldwide to collaborate.

“ESnet is committed to working closely with the Pacific Research Platform to leverage the Science DMZ and Science Engagement concepts to enable collaborating scientists to advance their research,” said ESnet Network Engineer Eli Dart.

The PRP will enable fast and secure data transfers between participating campuses, which include all 10 University of California campuses, Stanford, Caltech, USC, and San Diego State University – all of which are connected via the 100 Gbps CENIC Network. The PRP extends to include the University of Washington, Montana State, the University of Hawaii System, Northwestern University, UIC, and internationally to the University of Amsterdam. Since the PRP was funded, other partners have joined, including the University of Tokyo, and Clemson University. The PRP provides high-speed links to five supercomputer centers (UCSD’s SDSC, LBNL’s NERSC, NCAR, NCSA, and NASA’s NAS) as well as the Open Science Grid and NSF’s Chameleon cloud.

The PRP includes science teams in five research areas, including Astronomy and Astrophysics Data Analysis. Peter Nugent, deputy director for science in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division, co-leads the team on telescope surveys.

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