The Current and Evolving Architecture and Operation of ESnet: A Very High Performance, Nation Wide Network

Wednesday, February 18, 2004 - 17:30
TH 331
William Johnston, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

The Energy Sciences Network, or ESnet, is a high-speed network serving thousands of Department of Energy scientists and collaborators worldwide. A pioneer in providing high-bandwidth, reliable connections, ESnet enables researchers at national laboratories, universities and other institutions to communicate with each other using the collaborative capabilities needed to address some of the world's most important scientific challenges. I will describe how such a network is architected and operated. I will then describe the evolution of network architecture that is intended to address the next generation of high-performance Gird applications such as the world wide distributed experiment event analysis of High Energy Physics.