CENIC Honors ESnet's 100G SDN Testbed with 2015 Innovations in Networking Award

February 26, 2015

Contact: Janice Cortese, CENIC,; Jon Bashor, ESnet,

LA MIRADA and BERKELEY, CA – The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is being honored by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) as a recipient of the 2015 Innovations in Networking Award for High-Performance Research Applications for their 100-Gigabit Software-Defined Networking (100G SDN) Testbed.

The ESnet 100G SDN Testbed provides network researchers with a realistic environment for testing 100G application/middleware experiments. It also supports several 10G paths for SDN experiments, and will be significantly enhanced this summer with new OpenFlow v1.3 hardware.

100-Gigabit per second (Gbps) networking is fast becoming the new standard for advanced networks like CENIC’s California Research & Education Network (CalREN), following the lead of ESnet, and a necessity for the kind of data-intensive collaborative research that networks like CalREN and ESnet support for their communities. With the advent of software-defined networking, these ultra-high-performance networks can become even more responsive and powerful, ultimately becoming not just means by which scientific instruments are accessed and connected but in the words of ESnet Director Greg Bell, “scientific instruments for discovery in and of themselves.”

 ESnet is a remarkable network and organization and their many contributions over the years – the On-Demand Secure Circuits and Advance Reservation System, perfSONAR, the Fasterdata Knowledge Base, the Science DMZ, to name but a few – have been major contributions to research communities around the world, and to research and education networks like CENIC. 

 “ESnet inspires us to do more for our communities and to be better at what we do. The ESnet team is remarkably talented and working with them is a joy and an honor,” said Louis Fox, President and CEO of CENIC. “I cannot imagine better collaborators to pursue our common work of providing the research community with the most advanced and robust network infrastructure available – what ESnet Director Greg Bell and his colleagues call a dynamic scientific instrument – to support the innovation and discovery missions of our community.”

The 100G SDN Testbed provides researchers with a rapidly reconfigurable high-performance network research environment that will accelerate the development and deployment of 100G networking through prototyping, testing, and validation of advanced networking concepts, as well as providing a stable environment for interoperability tests, prototyping, and more.  Furthermore, it frees network researchers from the need to obtain funding to build their own network testbeds or use a laboratory environment to prove the viability of their innovative ideas. More information on this and other projects can be found online at

Innovations in Networking Awards are presented each year by CENIC to highlight the exemplary innovations that leverage ultra high-bandwidth networking, particularly where those innovations have the potential to revolutionize the ways in which instruction and research are conducted or where they further the deployment in underserved areas.

About CENIC •
CENIC connects California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration and economic growth. The nonprofit organization operates the California Research & Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and other vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, and USC. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.

 About ESnet •
The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is a high-performance, unclassified network built to support scientific research. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science (SC) and managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides services to more than 40 DOE 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 DOE-funded scientists to productively collaborate with partners around the world.