Faster transfer of data in store with new science network

April 10, 2014 11:00 AM

Mary Ann Travis

Capacity and speed — that’s what Tulane University researchers are poised to get. In a major boost to computing power, a new high-speed research network is now being built, uptown and downtown. 

The enhanced computer capability will allow researchers to transfer data faster and more efficiently.

In September, Tulane chief technology officer Charlie McMahon was notified of the National Science Foundation’s decision to fund a grant of nearly half a million dollars to build a dedicated high-speed science network. It will increase bandwidth by 10-fold in some cases and by 40-fold in others, says McMahon, the principal investigator on the grant.

Nicholas Altiero, dean of the School of Science and Engineering, says, “State-of-the-art infrastructure is essential to attracting the best scholars to Tulane. And computing resources have become the most fundamental component of that infrastructure.

“This is a significant advancement in our computing capabilities, and it will pay great dividends for our current and future faculty and students.”

With the new network, Tulane campuses will be well connected to the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) and Internet 2. 

The infrastructure for the dedicated computer network has been installed uptown in the Israel Environmental Sciences and Richardson buildings; Blessy, Percival Stern, Goldring/Woldenberg I and II and Stanley Thomas halls; Science and Engineering Facilities and the Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology. Downtown, the School of Medicine at 1430 Tulane Ave., the J. Bennett Johnston building, 1440 Canal St. building, 1555 Poydras St. building and the Louisiana Cancer Research Center are all being hooked up.

The next step in the installation is to physically pull fiber optics from the mainframes to individual offices and labs in these buildings, according to Olivia Mitchell, technology licensing and grants specialist. 

Mitchell is the point person for scientists and researchers to contact about connecting their workstations to the network. She may be reached by email or through the Science DMZ website

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