Boston University is a member of Internet2, a consortium formed by over 200 US research institutions and their partners to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies in support of research and education. The University is also a founding member of the Northern Crossroads (NoX), an affiliation of approximately two dozen institutions with a common interest in facilitating advanced networking in New England. The NoX and Internet2 maintain regional and national networks that interconnect at 10Gb/s. The NoX serves as an even higher-performance regional exchange to New England participants and commodity Internet service providers (ISPs). Additionally, the University is connected to the Metro Ring – 144 optical fibers spanning a 7.4 mile radius through Boston and Cambridge. A vast and diverse array of optical fiber connections to the NoX, Metro Ring and commercial ISPs provide multiple Gb/s of bandwidth and afford scalable connectivity to regional collaborators, the Internet, Internet2, and international research networks as needs arise.
With the assistance of the Network Systems Group, SCV provides InfiniBand, Myrinet, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet networks to interconnect its computing systems and to connect to the campus core, which utilizes 10-Gigabit Ethernet.
The router depicted in the diagram is a Cisco 12400 series router. The Campus Network core, depicted by the Campus Network cloud in the diagram, is composed of Cisco Catalyst6509 layer-3 switches.
Boston University has been a leader for many years in major regional and national networking efforts, some of which are indicated here.
New England GigaPoP and High Bandwidth Networking Project