The Next Generation ESnet5 Infrastructure
ESnet is a high-performance national network built and engineered specifically for the purpose of science data transport. ESnet connects more than 40 Department of Energy research sites, including the entire National Laboratory system, its supercomputing facilities, and its major scientific instruments. ESnet also connects to 140 research and commercial networks, permitting tens of thousands of DOE-funded scientists around the world to collaborate productively.
By the end of 2012, ESnet will upgrade its current fourth generation backbone (ESnet4) from a 10 Gigabit per second platform to a nationwide 100 Gbps network. Called ESnet5, the network is being built in collaboration with Internet2. Internet2 and ESnet are deploying an 8.8 Terabit network built on the Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform which the two organizations will equally share to serve their respective communities. To create the routing platform, ESnet is deploying the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router. The new network provides an immediate tenfold increase in bandwidth to DOE research sites with the ability to scale to 44 times the current capacity.