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Weathering the Flood of Big Data in Climate Research

July 11, 2014

ESnet's Eli Dart moved 56 TB of climate data from 21 sites to NERSC, a task that took three months. ​In contrast , it took just two days to transfer the ​raw ​ dataset using Globus ​from NERSC ​ to the Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory. (Select image to enlarge.)Big Data, it seems, is everywhere, usually characterized as a Big Problem. But researchers at Lawrence…  Read More

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Computing Sciences Staff to Speak at Climate Data Best Practices Workshop

July 7, 2014

As climate models increase in resolution, the resulting simulations can generate terabytes of data. ESnet and Internet2 are co-organizing a Focused Technical Workshop (FTW) on Climate Science, in collaboration with Indiana University, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and hosted by NOAA in Boulder, Colo. The July…  Read More

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Confirmed: Stellar Behemoth Self-Destructs in Type IIb Supernova

May 21, 2014

For the first time, astronomers have direct confirmation that a Wolf-Rayet star died in a violent explosion known as a Type IIb supernova. Using the iPTF pipeline, researchers caught supernova SN 2013cu within hours of its explosion. These observations are providing valuable insights into the life and death of the progenitor Wolf-Rayet. These stars are interesting because they enrich galaxies with the heavy chemical elements that eventually become the building blocks for planets and life.   Read More

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ESnet’s Mike Bennett Retiring after 26 Years of Making Key Connections

April 28, 2014

Since he started working at the lab back in 1988, Mike Bennett has found himself in the middle of a number of interesting transitions. But come April 30, he’ll make his last one – transitioning into retirement. When Bennett started as an engineering technologist at the Bevatron, one end of the control room was filled with analog equipment featuring knobs, dials, oscilloscopes and other…  Read More

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100 Gbps Test Link Sets Pace for Faster Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers

April 4, 2014

Data transfers from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland to sites in the U.S. have historically taken different paths – 15 in all – via 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) links separately managed by three research networks in the U.S. and Europe. So what would happen if those massive datasets were instead transferred using a single 100 Gbps connection?  That was the thinking behind an…  Read More

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ESnet Staff to Present at Internet2's 2014 Global Summit

April 3, 2014

About 800 networking experts from across the country and around the world are meeting April 6-11in Denver for Internet2’s annual “Global Summit,” a weeklong series of presentations, discussions and meetings aimed at improving the performance of research and education networks. The name of the conference, formerly the Internet2 Members Meeting, was chosen to reflect the increasingly…  Read More

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Democratizing Science With High Speed Networks

March 17, 2014

For the first time, data collected and analyzed by a very remote user of National Center for Electron Microcopy (NCEM) via the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) has been published. As a result, many scientists are optimistic about the future of remote microscopy for DOE supported science.   Read More

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Deployments of Network Monitoring Software perfSONAR Hit 1,000

January 27, 2014

In January 2014, perfSONAR reached a milestone with 1,000 instances of the diagnostic software installed on networking hosts around the U.S. and in 13 other countries. perfSONAR is a joint effort between the ESnet, Fermilab and SLAC; and Georgia Tech, Indiana University, Internet2 and the University of Delaware.   Read More

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ESnet Co-Leads Washington Workshop on Developing Prototype SDN Network

December 18, 2013

About 100 networking experts from academia, industry, national labs and federal agencies met for a two-day workshop at the National Science foundation to plan a path forward to develop, deploy and operate a prototype SDN network. SDN, or Software Defined Networking, is an upcoming technology paradigm aimed at making it easier for software applications to automatically configure and control the…  Read More

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ESnet’s Michael Bennett Recognized by IEEE for Work in Energy Efficiency

December 12, 2013

 Michael Bennett, head of ESnet’s Network Engineering Group, has been awarded an IEEE-SA Standards Medallion for his work in helping to create energy-saving standards for devices with Ethernet connections. The standards are expected to help save terawatts of otherwise-wasted electricity by automatically switching networked components to energy-saving modes when not in use. The award was…  Read More