Boston University has a long history of running high-performance networks both within the campus and in connecting with the New England region and the world.
Researchers on both the Charles River and Medical Campuses are able to seamlessly use the Shared Computing Cluster (SCC) in Holyoke, MA via the campus’ and region’s high-performance networking infrastructure. The campus core utilizes 10-Gigabit Ethernet with multiple 10-Gigabit links to the Boston/Cambridge NoX node and two pairs of 10-Gigabit connections to the MGHPCC. InfiniBand, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet are used to interconnect the computing systems.
Boston University is a member of Internet2, which maintains national networks (100 Gb/s) in support of research and education. The University is also a founding member of Northern Crossroads (NoX), which maintains regional networks (10 Gb/s) and serves as a high-performance exchange for New England participants and commodity Internet service providers. The NoX operates a node at the MGHPCC and provides a Meet-Me interconnect for member equipment installed at the MGHPCC.
The University is connected to the Metro Ring—144 optical fibers over a 7.4-mile radius through Boston and Cambridge.