NYSERNet's private research and education (R&E) network supports the development and testing of emerging network technologies and the deployment of leading edge network-based applications and network-enabled collaborations. The network enables research employing network-intensive applications like large-scale data transfers, distributed computing, distance learning, tele-immersion, remote research, remote equipment acquisition, virtual laboratories and digital libraries. Educational activities and opportunities such as videoconferencing, multicasting, remote visualization, interactive virtual field trips and interactive teaching are equally enhanced and enjoyed by the growing list of network participants.
An IP-based network built on NYSERNet's statewide DWDM transport infrastructure, the network offers redundant egress to Internet2 and peering with national and international R&E networks, including: National Lambda Rail, CA*net 4 (Canada's national R&E network) and ESnet (the U.S. Department of Energy's research network).
Institutions connect to the NYSERNet R&E network at POPs in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and New York City. These POPs are interconnected via multiple Gigabit paths, forming a virtual mesh that adds redundancy and enhances performance, reducing the number of hops between any connected institution and the nearest egress point. Further, this distributed POP architecture reduces the cost of connecting, since POPs are strategically located in population centers where potential connectors are concentrated.
Participating institutions generally connect to the network at speeds of 1 Gbps, primarily using metro or long-haul dark fiber or lit GigE services. But the minimum connection NYSERNet offers is 25 Mb, which is deemed the lowest practical connection rate that can support applications.
Institutions eligible to participate in the R&E Network include all not-for-profit and government entities, as well as for-profit research laboratories that have a research relationship with existing participants. Currently, the network serves nearly 50 universities, hospitals, museums, libraries and most of New York's elementary and secondary schools.
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