SBU offers 100 Gbps connection to Internet2 Research Network

Stony Brook University is the first higher education institution in New York State to offer a 100 Gigabit Per Second connection to the Internet2 Research Network. 

By: Michaela Christman
Last Updated: March 13, 2017

Stony Brook University is the first higher education institution in New York State to offer a 100 Gigabit Per Second connection to the Internet2 Research Network. 

This project commenced in February 2017 after beginning in August 2016 thanks to several teams, including NYSERNet, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Stony Brook's Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. 

What is the Internet2 Network?

The Internet2 Network provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges and develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2's 100 Gbps connection provides reliable production services for high-performance needs, which creates a powerful experimental platform for the development of new applications. 

How fast is 100 Gbps?

Using Stony Brook's new high-speed connection, researchers could:

  • Send 300,000 X-ray images in one minute
  • Transfer a complete copy of the human genome to a lab for testing in 90 seconds
  • Download one e-book for each Stony Brook student in only four seconds (6,250 e-books per second)

How does this benefit Big Data Research?

A faster connection means researchers spend less time transferring and receiving data, allowing for faster results and more discovery. This technology will also enable research activities that could not be done without a high-speed connection. 

Connect via SeaWulf

Students, faculty and staff who conduct research using the SeaWulf high-performance computational cluster, which is managed by Stony Brook's Institute for Advanced Computational Science, may access the new 100 Gbps connection. Up to 30 percent of SeaWulf's resources are also available for users across the SUNY system and regional industries. 

Looking forward

Stony Brook's 100 Gbps connection provides the necessary foundation to link additional research locations on the Stony Brook campus at high speed in the future. These locations include the Research & Development Park, which supports state economic development. 

(This fact sheet was created by Stony Brook University Marketing and Communications)

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