ESnet News


Winter 2012 Joint Techs Conference Announces Four Focus Areas

December 14, 2011

Ann Arbor, Mich. and Berkeley, Calif.—The Winter 2012 Joint Techs conference, the premier international conference of network engineers, will focus on software-defined networking (SDN), cloud computing, emerging technologies, and infrastructure support for data-intensive science.  The meeting, co-sponsored by the ESnet Site Coordinating Committee (ESCC) and Internet2, will be held…  Read More


New Scientific Networking Division Created as Home to ESnet

November 21, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network will become the core of the newest scientific division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laborator. The change comes as ESnet Department Head Steve Cotter announced he has accepted a position in New Zealand as Chief Executive Officer of REANNZ, the Research & Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd.  Read More


Three DOE Labs Now Connected With Ultra-High Speed Network That is 10 Times Faster Than Commercial Internet Providers

November 14, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now supporting scientific research at unprecedented bandwidth speeds – at least ten times faster than commercial Internet providers – with a new network that connects thousands of researchers using three of the world’s top supercomputing centers in California, Illinois and Tennessee. The new network will be officially…  Read More


Energy Efficiency Events at SC11

November 10, 2011

Visit ESnet at the Berkeley Lab booth #512 at the Supercomputing 2011 (SC11) conference in Seattle. Contact Inder Monga at to set up an appointment to talk about green networking collaboration ideas. SC11 Events ESnet is co-organizing an SC11 workshop: “Data Centers Have Gone Green (Or Haven't They?) When Will Networks Follow?” 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13Organizers:…  Read More


ESnet Celebrates 25th Anniversary at SC11

November 10, 2011

This SC is very special for ESnet as we mark a quarter century of serving science. Join us in the Berkeley Lab booth (512) as we celebrate our proud history and look forward to new horizons with demos, workshops, roundtables and a special toast. Sunday, November 13 “Data Centers Have Gone Green (Or Haven't They?) When Will Networks Follow?” Sunday, November 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Grand…  Read More


ESnet, Orange Silicon Valley, and Bay Microsystems Demonstrate the World’s First Long Distance 40Gbps RDMA Data Transfer

October 25, 2011

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, BERKELEY AND FREMONT, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2011) – Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Orange Silicon Valley and Bay Microsystems have collaborated to showcase the world’s first 40 Gbps (gigabits per second) wide area network demonstration of RDMA over InfiniBand. RDMA, or Remote Direct Memory Access, is an alternative model to TCP/IP…  Read More


ESnet and LGS Deploy Alcatel-Lucent Routers for New 100G Network

October 19, 2011

LGS Innovations today announced it is teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) to build a nationwide 100 Gigabit per second Ethernet (100GE) network that will accommodate ESnet's anticipated tenfold increase in science data traffic volume over the next four years and beyond. The network will support research efforts that will enable scientists to …  Read More


GreenTouch Consortium Passes 50-Member Milestone, Adds Seven New Members

October 4, 2011

AMSTERDAM ‒ Oct. 4, 2011 ‒ GreenTouch™, a global industry initiative dedicated to dramatically improving the energy efficiency of information and communications technology (ICT) networks by a factor of 1,000, today announced that seven new organizations have joined the consortium, bringing the total number of member organizations to 53, and involving more than 300 individual participants.  Read More


Found: 'Supernova of a Generation'

August 25, 2011

A supernova discovered yesterday is closer to Earth—approximately 21 million light-years away—than any other of its kind in a generation. Astronomers believe they caught the supernova within hours of its explosion, a rare feat made possible with a specialized survey telescope and state-of-the-art computational tools.  The finding of such a supernova so early and so close has energized the…  Read More


New ESnet Portal Provides Real Time Insight into Network’s Inner Workings

August 10, 2011

As science becomes increasingly data-driven and collaborative across geographic borders, researchers’ dependence on fast and reliable networks is growing. Until now, researchers as well as the IT staff that support their institutions have had limited ability to understand the performance of the various networks they rely on. Network performance issues can significantly impede scientists’…  Read More

Leading Network Lights Lend Expertise to DOE’s ESnet

July 14, 2011

Seven of the leading lights in the global networking community have accepted invitations to serve on a policy board for the Department of Energy’s ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network. Established in 1986, ESnet connects thousands of scientists at 40 DOE research sites, providing reliable networking and services in support of DOE’s science missions. The appointment of a policy board comes at an…  Read More


Moving Data at the Speed of Science: Berkeley Lab Lays Foundation for 100 Gbps Prototype Network

July 13, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory today announced a major step toward creating one of the world’s fastest scientific networks to accelerate research in fields ranging from advanced energy solutions to particle physics. Known as the Advanced Networking Initiative (ANI), the effort represents a $62 million multi-year investment by the DOE Office of…  Read More

ESnet & NEC Demo OSCARS and OpenFlow for End-to-End Network Virtualization at Summer 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs

July 11, 2011

Media Contacts:  John Wise, NEC Corporation of America, (214) 262-6384, Jon Bashor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, (510) 486-5849, FAIRBANKS, ALASKA-- ESnet’s Inder Monga and Dr. Samrat Ganguly of NEC Corporation of America (NEC) showed powerful and elegant new techniques for laboratories, universities, and industry to integrate end-to-end network…  Read More


ESnet’s Michael Collins Now Planning Next Stage--Retirement

July 6, 2011

In his 32 years with ESnet and its predecessors, Michael Collins said one of the most important things he’s learned is how important it is to carefully make a plan—and then follow it. That approach worked when ESnet was formed by combining two separate networks, when the national network was built, and each time a new technology was introduced to upgrade the network and related services. Job…  Read More


ESnet’s OSCARS Selected for Honorable Mention by U.C. 2011 Larry L. Sautter Award

June 14, 2011

Berkeley, CA —The University of California Information Technology Leadership Council has announced that ESnet’s On-Demand Secure Circuits and Reservation System (OSCARS) was selected for honorable mention in the 2011 Larry L. Sautter Award Program. The Larry L. Sautter Award was established in 2000 to encourage and recognize innovative deployment of information technology in support of the…  Read More


Kevin Oberman Engineered Engaging Career at ESnet

June 13, 2011

Fortunately, Kevin Oberman’s career path has been marked by surprising events trumping his expectations and plans, leading to a 37-year career in networking and engineering first at Lawrence Livermore and then at Berkeley Lab as a senior network engineer with ESnet. For example, he joined ESnet in 1994 when the network was still managed by NERSC and both were located at LLNL. The next year, DOE…  Read More

IEEE 802.3TM Ethernet Bandwidth Assessment Ad Hoc Group Launched

May 9, 2011

Contact: Shuang Yu, IEEE-SA Marketing Manager +1 732-981-3424, IEEE Standards Association Industry Connections program seeks contributions from across industries in appraising ongoing bandwidth needs for Ethernet wireline applications. INTEROP, LAS VEGAS, N.V., USA, 9 MAY 2011 – IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, today…  Read More


IEEE Communications Magazine Focuses on Hybrid Networking: Special Issue Features 3 ESnet Co-authored Articles

May 1, 2011

IEEE Communications Magazine's May issue focused on trends in hybrid networking. This special issue includes three ESnet co-authored articles, now downloadable from our website.   Hybrid Networks: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges from the ESnet4 Experience, shares lessons learned from operating a hybrid infrastructure consisting of separate IP-routed and dynamic circuit services. As …  Read More

OSCARS 0.6A Bandwidth Reservation Software Now Ready for Download and Testing

April 21, 2011

ESnet, the Department of Energy’s high-performance networking facility managed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, announced today that an alpha version 0.6 of its On-Demand Secure Circuits and Advance Reservation System (OSCARS) is now available for download and testing by the user community. OSCARS software allows users to make dynamic, guaranteed bandwidth reservations to create…  Read More


Patrick Dorn is New ESnet Network Engineer

March 28, 2011

Patrick Dorn has joined ESnet as a network engineer, and will be based in Illinois. His responsibilities within the Network Engineering Group will include configuration and management of ESnet devices, internal tool development, and general network engineering duties.  Read More


Gopal Vaswani Joins ESnet

February 28, 2011

Gopal Vaswani has joined ESnet’s Network Engineering Group as a computer systems engineer, where he will help conceptualize and develop tools and services for the network’s infrastructure.   Read More


Michael Sinatra Joins ESnet

February 1, 2011

Michael Sinatra has joined ESnet's Network Engineering Group. His mission at ESnet will be to help Department of Energy Labs transition to IPv6, work on ESnet’s Domain Name Security (DNS) and its extensions (DNSSEC), as well as perform general network engineering duties.  Read More