Internet2 is a “community of U.S. and international leaders in research,
academia, industry and government who create and collaborate via innovative
technologies.” The organization offers a broad variety of application services
with a robust high performance network to support them. The Internet2
consortium connects over 250 international research universities, affiliated
organizations, and corporate partners.
As a network, Internet2 is a national and international collection of
interconnected high performance networks that allow sites attached to these
networks to interact in ways that are not possible using the commodity
Internet. The Internet2 networks are a significant advance in networking
capability for the research and education community. The development of
Internet2 was partly driven by the shortcomings of the commodity Internet, but
also by a desire to allow the creation of new network applications that are not
possible on the regular Internet.
Washington University in St. Louis campuses has a 10G Ethernet connection to
University in St. Louis participates in Internet2?
Washington University in St. Louis participates in Internet2 as part of the
University’s commitment to research and academic communication. Internet2
gives researchers the ability to move massive amounts of data in a reasonable
and predictable amount of time. WUSTL’s membership both supports the
development of the Internet2 network infrastructure and provides immediate
access for its faculty, staff, and students to a broad scope of computing and
How does Washington
University in St. Louis use Internet2?
No special user action is needed to take advantage of this service. By
default, all connections to an Internet2 member will traverse the Campus
network and out to Internet2. Commonly accessed sites include but are not
limited to Amazon Web Services, Box.com online storage, and Hathi Trust digital
library. Below are some of the notable WUSTL research projects taking advantage
of this network capacity:
- The Human Connectome Project (NIH funded)
- National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
- The Cancer Imaging Archive
- Mars Rover Project
Washington University in St. Louis is always exploring new products and
services available via Internet2.
For information on the Internet2 organization and general
information about the Internet2 national network, see the Internet2 web page.