Network R&D

ESnet's research and development activities are integral to our mission of advancing the capabilities of today's networking technologies to better serve the science requirements of the future. We continually investigate and test the services, protocols, routing techniques, and tools necessary to meet the expanding needs of our user community of DOE scientists. 


FABRIC is a unique national research infrastructure to enable cutting-edge and exploratory research at-scale in networking, cybersecurity, distributed computing and storage systems, machine learning, and science applications.  Read More


The SENSE project is building smart network services to accelerate scientific discovery in the era of big data driven by exascale, cloud computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI).  Read More


EPOC provides researchers with a holistic set of tools and services needed to debug performance issues and enable reliable and robust data transfers.  Read More


This project explores using artificial intelligence to design and efficiently manage distributed network architectures to improve data transfers, guarantee high-throughput and improve traffic engineering.  Read More


NetSage is an open privacy-aware network measurement, analysis, and visualization service designed to address the needs of today's international networks.   Read More


GRETA is a new high-resolution gamma-ray detector system that will be used to study nuclear reactions in real-time and in unprecedented detail. ESnet is the primary architect and developer for two high-performance computing components of the system and ESnet staff are serving as networking consultants for the internal networking of the detector and its data acquisition systems.

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PANORAMA 360 provides a resource for the collection, analysis, and sharing of performance data about end-to-end scientific workflows executing on DOE facilities.  Read More


The Extreme-Scale Scientific Workflow Analysis and Prediction (X-SWAP) project is developing an integrated analytic performance modeling framework for distributed extreme-scale science workflows.  Read More

Optimizing Zeek for Maximum Performance

Using a combination of optimization strategies, ESnet researchers achieved a 42 percent decrease in runtime for the Zeek (formerly known a Bro), an open source network security monitoring tool.   Read More

Network Performance and Troubleshooting (perfSONAR)

perfSONAR is a tool for end-to-end monitoring and troubleshooting of multi-domain network performance. perfSONAR is currently deployed in over 100 locations around the world, and is extremely valuable when doing network troubleshooting.  Read More

Experimental Network Testbeds and Test Circuit Services

The objective is to provide network researchers with a realistic environment for testing. 100G SDN Testbed, Dark Fiber Testbed, Test Circuit Service.  Read More

Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

This page describes ESnet's research into software-defined networks, the multiple demonstrations and collaborations with industry and other research partners  Read More