Ohio State Leads Project to Develop “Science DMZ” on Internet

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sep 24, 2012) — 

COLUMBUS, OH (September 24, 2012)  – A $1 million federal grant will fund the construction of a unique computer network devoted to helping scientists collaborate over the Internet with minimal interference from security measures.

A research team comprised of members from The Ohio State University, the University of Missouri and the Ohio Technology Consortium will use the grant from the National Science Foundation to create a safe and resilient network architecture dubbed the “Science DMZ” – a play on the term “demilitarized zone.” In this case, instead of being a neutral area between warring nations, the DMZ will be a sub-network on the Internet where institutions normally protected by firewalls will be able to freely and safely share information with each other.

In addition to the campus network at Ohio State, the project will leverage the soon-to-be-lit 100-Gbps statewide network being deployed by the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), as well as the computational and storage resources of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). Both organizations are members of OH-TECH, the technology division of the Ohio Board of Regents.

“The project team will be integrating relevant advanced networking technologies, such as communications protocols, measurement tools, and transport services, and will allow for 100 gigabit-per-second (Gpbs) connectivity, said Prasad Calyam, research director for networking and virtualization for the Ohio Technology Consortium’s Research and Innovation Center and a co-PI on the project.

For more on this story, please visit: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/ScienceDMZ.htm.