Science DMZ Research Network


The Penn State Science DMZ Research Network is designed to enable secure, high-performance research data transfers. Primary use cases are for large-scale data transfers, low-latency data transfers, or other data transfers which demand high performance and active quality monitoring.

With a desire to remedy the location dependence of the existing Research Network, the following levels have been developed to scale out the network and make it more accessible to all researchers with large data sets:

  • Premium: At the premium level, a researcher, department, or College could purchase additional Brocade 6740 switches to expand the network out to their “big data” location. This option is the most similar to an edge connection of the existing Research Network. This 20­Gb/s option provides two (2), 10­Gb/s connections to the Research Network Core and up to 48, 10­Gb/s or 1­Gb/s connections to computer and equipment (these can be “mixed and matched”). 
  • Data Center: Researchers with equipment already in a Data Center are encouraged to connect to the Penn State Research Network via the RN aggregation switches in those Data Centers at 10­Gb/s. This will also provide that researcher with direct connections to ICS­ACI compute clusters and resources located in those Data Centers. Provisions can be made for those connections to comply with different levels of Federal and/or granting agency requirements. This option also includes the above mentioned advanced switching capability.
  • Ethernet Fabric:  Another high­speed option consists of a 10­Gb/s Ethernet Fabric Switch. This option provides one (1), 10­Gb/s connection from the switch to the Research Network, an additional 10­Gb/s fiber edge port, and either 24 or 48 1­Gb/s connections to individual research workstations or instruments. This option will provide faster access to other points on the Research Network including the ICS­ACI equipment and reduce network congestion on a department or College’s firewall and local area network (LAN). The existing building wiring plant should suffice to allow for 1­Gb/s connections over Category 6/5e, copper Ethernet connections and wall jacks. 

Getting Started: 

You can find out more about the Science DMZ Research Network by visiting the service's website or by requesting access to the service.



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