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Award Abstract #1246187

CC-NIE Network Infrastructure: Improving an existing science DMZ

Div Of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
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Initial Amendment Date: September 12, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: September 12, 2012
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Award Number: 1246187
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Kevin L. Thompson
ACI Div Of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
CSE Direct For Computer & Info Scie & Enginr
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Start Date: October 1, 2012
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End Date: September 30, 2014 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $495,343.00
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Investigator(s): Thomas Hauser thomas.hauser@colorado.edu (Principal Investigator)
John Cumalat (Co-Principal Investigator)
Michael Stowe (Co-Principal Investigator)
Dirk Grunwald (Co-Principal Investigator)
Robin Dowell (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Colorado at Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Room 481
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 (303)492-6221
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Campus Cyberinfrastrc (CC-NIE)
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Program Reference Code(s): 1640
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Program Element Code(s): 1640, 8080


Research Computing has been a leader in deploying data movement services to research groups at the University of Colorado Boulder such as Globus Online on a separate network, the RC-DMZ, which is dedicated to high-performance applications and research data transfers. This project implements significant improvements to the RC-DMZ in order to increase the manageability, reliability and bandwidth. This has become necessary driven by the large amount of research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) that is highly data intensive, with observational and simulation data collections in the tens or hundreds of terabytes (TB), and soon growing to petabytes (PB). The recent "Campus Bridging" task force report also demonstrates the need for continued investment in campus networking capabilities. The upgrades to the RC-DMZ include:

* Physical separation between commodity and research traffic through two new border routers

* Improved network design by adding redundancy and bandwidth improvement to 20 Gigabit

* Active, integrated performance measurements

* Security and traffic monitoring

* Experimental software defined / OpenFlow Networking

Improving the existing RC-DMZ is a collaboration between Research Computing (RC), the departments of Computer Science (CS), Physics, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB), the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) in consultation with other departments and institutes. The network improvements enable better data sharing, and improved access to local, regional and national computational and data resources for all of CU Boulder's researchers.


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