Juniper Routers and Switches Power the Core of ESnet4 Research & Education Network

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) ESnet4, a best-in-class research and education (R&E) network built with Juniper routers and switches, has won the highly coveted "" award from the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT/IAC) - one of the most prestigious awards given in the U.S. federal government arena. Juniper Networks MX Series Ethernet Services Routers and EX4200 Ethernet Switches comprise the entire core of the multiple-10Gbps ESnet infrastructure. ESnet4 was named the winner in the category of "Excellence in Leveraging Technology," one of five 2009 categories. More than 60 federal programs submitted projects for consideration.

Officially known as the Energy Sciences Network Fourth Generation, ESnet4 provides direct connections to more than 40 major DOE research sites, as well as fast interconnections to more than 100 other global R&E networks, allowing scientists to make effective use of unique DOE research facilities and computing resources independent of time and geographic location. ESnet4 allows the R&E community to access, share and analyze massive amounts of data being generated by large-scale scientific research projects around the world. These include the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland; the Earth System Grid II (ESG) for research in global climate change; and many other key research initiatives. The LHC alone is expected to deliver 100Gbps of data nonstop onto ESnet4 by 2010.

ESnet is a high-speed network serving thousands of DOE scientists and collaborators worldwide, funded by the DOE Office of Science to support the agency's mission to further energy and climate research. Managed and operated by the ESnet staff at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides high bandwidth network connections to all major DOE sites and, via comprehensive connections to the world's R&E networks, to essentially all U.S. and international R&E institutions. Juniper Networks announced its contributions to ESnet4 earlier this year.

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