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Southwest PA Connects to Advanced Internet2 Network

PITTSBURGH — Universities and research centers in the Southwest Pennsylvania region can now connect to one of the most advanced research networks in the U.S. Through a fiber connection implemented in December, the high-performance network hub at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, called a gigaPoP, is now linked to Abilene, an advanced research network that currently links over 90 U.S. universities and research organizations.

"We're proud to bring the advanced capabilities of Abilene to this region and to support these universities in their efforts to develop innovative network technologies," said Gwendolyn Huntoon, director of the National Center for Network Engineering, a PSC resource group.

Abilene is a backbone network of the Internet2(tm) project, a consortium of universities and corporations working to accelerate the next stage of Internet capabilities and applications. Abilene transmits data at 2.4 billion bits per second, 40,000 times faster than a typical modem.

The Pittsburgh gigaPoP, operated by NCNE, acts as a hub providing connectivity for Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University and PSC to advanced research networks, such as Abilene, and the Internet. The gigaPoP directs traffic onto Abilene at speeds up to 155 million bits per second.

Pennsylvania universities will use the Abilene network for developing new applications in research and education. "The Abilene network provides our faculty and students with a powerful new tool with which to develop innovative applications to enhance instruction and research," said James V. Maher, provost and senior vice chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.

Penn State, one of the charter members of Internet2, has been expanding its use of Internet2 backbone networks for the past several years. "We expect that our Internet2 backbone usage will continue to grow at a dramatic rate (more than doubling in less than six months) as new applications move from test environments into production," noted J. Gary Augustson, vice provost for information technology at Penn State. "Abilene is essential to this progress."

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is operated by Carnegie Mellon University in consultation with the University of Pittsburgh and with the assistance of Westinghouse Electric Company. It was established in 1986 and is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry.

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