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NIH and George Washington University Tapping Internet2 for High-Speed Genomics Research

Scientists at George Washington University's Colonial One High Performance Computing Center are piloting ultra-high-speed 40 Gigabit per second data transfers from the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NLM), thanks to both organizations' links to the Internet2 network. GW researchers will use the high-speed data transfers to run faster genomic analyses, with the goal of speeding discovery and therapeutic decisions.

"Biomedical researchers need high-bandwidth access to the extremely large data sets used in today's medical research," commented Don Preuss, head of the systems group at the NLM's National Center for Biotechnology Information, in a press release. "Our new 100 Gigabit connection to the Internet2 backbone will provide researchers at GW and other research centers with state-of-the-art connectivity."

George Washington University connects to the Internet2 backbone network through its new research network, the Capital Area Advanced Research and Education Network (CAAREN), which provides high-performance research and education infrastructure to government, education and research organizations, as well as some private-sector organizations, in the Washington, DC area. CAAREN is partnering with DC-Net, a program managed by the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer, to provide public and private K-12 schools, public libraries, museums, hospitals and independent research organizations with access to Internet2.

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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