Recent Collaborations

Kent State University

Kent State University (KSU) and OARnet successfully partnered on a $383,734 grant submission to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (NSF Award #1925678).

Kent State now has a ScienceDMZ connected to OARnet’s optical exchange, enabling 100 Gbps of uninterrupted transfer rate capacity. The teams at KSU and OARnet worked to construct a virtual DMZ perimeter over a highly responsive regional WAN. This implementation allows for researchers at regional campuses in Ohio to uniformly access this cyber infrastructure.

“The project enables Kent State researchers to enter a new era of big-data science. It will be available to all faculty and researchers across its eight-campus system to transfer very large data sets across other big-data sites,” said Javed Khan, professor and chair of computer science at Kent State University. “This national scale advanced next generation network could be implemented on schedule—thanks to the readiness of OARnet as one of world’s most sophisticated Research and Education Networks.”

Kent State also posted three separate stories regarding the Science DMZ:


OARnet was the recipient of a $150,000 grant from the NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (award #: 1440450), for a project titled “Transforming a Regional Network and the Regional Community to Serve Diverse and Emerging Research Needs”

The grant, which ran from September 2014 thru August 2017, allowed OARnet to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Host a series of workshops focusing on enabling Science and Science DMZ. Workshop series included perfSONAR (performance Service-Oriented Network monitoring ARchitecture), Operating Innovation Networks and a workshop creating OARperf, a regional forum to support advanced networking efforts.
  2. Deployed perfSONAR widely throughout OARnet at both backbone and campus locations.
  3. Build a network of a “Coalition of the Willing” to support ongoing community support of one another (OARperf).

Read more about one of the workshops.

The Ohio State University and University of Missouri

The Ohio State University (OSU), University of Missouri (UM), OARnet, and OH-TECH consortium member Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) partnered on a $987,000 grant from the NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (award #: 1246001), for a project titled “Innovations to Transition a Campus Core Cyberinfrastructure to Serve Diverse and Emerging Researcher Needs”.

The project team is integrated advanced technologies (e.g., 100Gbps connectivity, perfSONAR, OpenFlow, RoCE/iWARP) relevant to the use cases of diverse OSU researchers in a "Science DMZ" environment. A 100Gbps border router at OSU was setup to connect to the state-funded OARnet-Internet2 peered 100Gbps network in support of the use cases. The project, which ran from October 2012 to Setpember 2015, investigated the tradeoffs had to be balanced between researcher flow performance and campus security practices. Project activities also involved wide-area network experimentation to seamlessly integrate OSU's cyberinfrastructure and Science DMZ with a remote campus cyberinfrastructure (at UM).

You can read more about this project from OSC’s Research Report.