100G Ethernet bringing Large Hadron Collider closer than ever to U.S. researchers

ESnet builds on 100Ggps foundation with transatlantic links

ESnet
Credit: DOE Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Energy Sciences Network is gaining 340Gbps of connectivity to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and other research sites in Europe via 4 new transatlantic links. The network will be used by researchers on two sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

ESnet equipment in Europe will be interconnected by dedicated 100Gbps links from the pan-European networking organization GÉANT.

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ESnet, which supports U.S. national laboratories and supercomputing centers, is funded by the DOE's Office of Science and managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Particle physicists, astrophysicists and genomics researchers are among those expected to benefit from the ESnet upgrade.

ESnet historically has been one of the fastest networks in existence, demonstrating 100Gbps speeds domestically in the United States back in 2011.

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