DOE Launches First Segment of its Next-Generation Nationwide Network to Support Scientific Research Efforts

May 30, 2007

Jeff Sherwood (DOE), (202) 586-5806
Lauren Rotman (Internet2), (202) 331-5345
Jon Bashor (ESnet), (510) 486-5849

WASHINGTON, DC- The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science and Internet2 announced today that the first segment of a next-generation, nationwide network has gone live, marking a key step in significantly upgrading networking services to thousands of scientific researchers across the country and around the world.  The first complete national ring of DOE's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet4) will be rolled out segment by segment from the east coast to the west coast and is expected to be fully operational by September, 2007.

"The launch of this first segment of ESnet4 represents a significant step toward a state-of-the-art optical network that is a critical component supporting the United States' scientific leadership," said Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, DOE Under Secretary for Science.  "Not only does this new architecture provide greater bandwidth and higher reliability for DOE researchers, but it also underscores the support of DOE's Office of Science to the entire U.S. university community."

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