Network Services Support for Research

Examples of Research Projects

Internet2’s Network Services Provide the Infrastructure You Need for Your Research.

Internet2 partners with a number of high-profile research projects involving top research organizations. Here are some examples of recent research projects:

Open Science Grid

The Open Science Grid (OSG) provides common service and support for resource providers and scientific institutions using a distributed fabric of high throughput computational services.


StashCache is a major component of the Open Science Grid. It is a distributed caching federation that enables opportunistic users to utilize nearby opportunistic storage. StashCache is comprised of four components: data origins, redirectors, caches, and clients. StashCache has been deployed in the Open Science Grid for several years and has been used by many projects. Caches are deployed in geographically distributed locations across the U.S. and Europe.


GENI, the Global Environment for Network Innovations, is an open infrastructure for at-scale networking and distributed systems research and education that spans the United States. It started as an NSF Grant in 2007/2008. Internet2 has supported GENI, providing 10Gbps circuits in the early years along with hosting nodes that prototyped programmable switching and routing, eventually leading to OpenFlow-capable devices.


To quote the FABRIC website, FABRIC is Adaptive Programmable Research Infrastructure for Computer Science and Science Applications. It is an everywhere programmable nationwide instrument comprised of novel extensible network elements equipped with large amounts of compute and storage, interconnected by high speed, dedicated optical links.


BRIDGES, Binding Research Infrastructures for the Deployment of Global Experimental Science, is an NSF funded project (award no. 2029221) to build a high-bandwidth, fully virtualized infrastructure across the Atlantic connecting collaborative U.S. and European research programs. 

SC Conference Series

Internet2 has provided support for member demonstrations at SC, The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, every year since Internet2 instantiated a physical network in 1999. Internet2 connects its network to SCinet at the conference venue and provides access to all its network services, including R&E IP service, the Internet2 Peer Exchange (I2PX), the Advanced Layer 2 Service, Cloud Connect, and its wave service. Internet2 also has contributed personnel to SCinet to support measurement and WAN connectivity, specific prototype network connectivity for its members, and network performance diagnosis.


Internet2 supports XSEDE through Dana Brunson, Internet2’s Executive Director of Research Engagement. Brunson is co-manager of the XSEDE Campus Engagement program which includes the Campus Champions as well as carrying XSEDE traffic in a private VRF.


Moving 10-30 Gbps sustained traffic on average weekday to connectors, international transit peers, other partners. Participating in next generation routing/telemetry activities.


 Internet2 is collaborator with several awardees in IRNC programs and continues to support International transit across the US and to Internet2 points of presence in Europe.

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