UF Connects to Internet2, Expanding Power 10-fold


By: Chris Eversole

The University of Florida has activated an ultra-high-speed connection to the Internet2 Innovation Platform, expanding power 10-fold and offering a computing network found in only three other places in the United States.

UF activated its 100 Gbps connection Jan. 30, a move that is expected to unleash scientific discovery and collaboration on a scale not possible at 10 Gbps, the current research standard.

“This is a terrific milestone in our quest to be a top 10 public university. It puts us squarely on an even footing with other leading institutions by giving our researchers a great tool that accelerates their work exponentially,” said UF President Bernie Machen. “It’s good for the university, and it’s good for the State of Florida.”

The new research computing power represents an investment of $2.4 million, with $1.9 million from National Science Foundation grants and $500,000 in institutional funding.

UF is one of the pilot sites chosen to connect to the Internet2 Innovation Platform, designed to be the quickest and easiest way to move data from one research laboratory to another, even internationally.

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