UCI Lightpath: a High-Speed Network for Research

lightpathOIT has built a dedicated high-performance network infrastructure that can help meet the needs of researchers requiring the transfer of a large quantity of data within and beyond campus. This network is called UCI Lightpath which is funded by a Grant from National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Network Infrastructure Engineering Program (NSF CC-NIE)

UCI Lightpath is composed of a Science DMZ with a 10 Gbps connection to the science and research community on the Internet, and a dedicated 10 Gbps network infrastructure on campus.  A science DMZ is a portion of the network that is designed so that the equipment, configuration, and security policies are optimized for high-performance scientific applications rather than for general-purpose business systems or “enterprise” computing.

The initial infrastructure covers eight campus locations including the OIT Data Center where computing clusters, such as HPC and Greenplanet reside.  The UCI Lightpath network infrastructure is separate from the existing campus network (UCINet.)  The diagram shows the current status of the UCI Lightpath.

For more information of UCI Lightpath and its access policy, please refer to OIT website http://www.oit.uci.edu/network/lightpath/



Vice President Al Gore

Vice President Al Gore

Vice President Gore announced on May 20 that the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) will receive a grant of nearly $4 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will allow UCI and other California research universities (UC campuses, Cal TechStanford and USC) to connect to the very high-speed Backbone Network Service (vBNS). UCI will gain an “OC-12” (622 mega-bits/second) network connection to participating research institutions; this connection is expected to be in place during the summer of 1998. The award is part of the Federal Government’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative — a total of $12.3 million in grants to 35 research institutions across the United States was included in the May 20 announcement.

This grant will facilitate CENIC’s “CalREN-2” high-speed California network project, and will allow UCI to eventually take advantage of developments that result from “Internet-2”, NGI and other national initiatives. You may be interested in browsing some of the Web material cited below:

Network Initiative URLs:

May 20 Press release:

Federal Government NGI (Next Generation Internet):

CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California):

Very high speed backbone service: