ESnet, NSRC Team Up to Produce Videos for Boosting Network Performance

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The Department of Energy’s ESnet and the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) at the University of Oregon are teaming up to create an extensive video training library to help organizations improve the performance of their networks by deploying the perfSONAR network measurement tools and the Science DMZ network architecture.

One of the first institutions to benefit from the project will be the University of Guam. NSRC staff are flying to the U.S. territory in the Pacific on July 25 to help the university improve its campus network and set up a high-speed link to the University of Hawaii. Prior to the weeklong workshop and perfSONAR installation, NSRC staff will have the six campus network engineers familiarize themselves with the toolkit via the video library.

ESnet is one of the original developers of the perfSONAR toolkit, which has provided the research and education (R&E) networking community with tools for end-to-end monitoring and troubleshooting of multi-domain network performance. Other current partners in the perfSONAR project are Internet2, Indiana University and GÉANT, the pan-European research network. The perfSONAR collaboration over the past 11 years has also included Fermilab, SLAC, Georgia Tech, the University of Delaware, the ATLAS Great Lakes Tier 2 team at the University of Michigan and RNP in Brazil.

“We’ve developed a good working relationship with NSRC over the past several years, and we started talking about this video project in early 2015 as a way to efficiently transfer ESnet’s expertise to anyone interested in network performance, from DOE scientists to other research organizations,” said ESnet’s Eli Dart, who developed the Science DMZ architecture and will appear in a series of related training videos. “They do a lot of good work in all corners of the world, helping research organizations in emerging economies around the world get up to speed fast and help them bootstrap the development of science networks where it was not possible before.”

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Inder Monga Named Director of ESnet

Inder Monga is the new ESnet director.

Indermohan “Inder” Singh Monga, an internationally recognized expert in advanced networking research, is the new executive director of the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network, better known as ESnet. He will also assume the role of director of the Scientific Networking Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which manages ESnet.

Monga, who joined ESnet in September 2009, is only the fifth person to lead ESnet since it was created 30 years ago. When Greg Bell announced he was stepping down as ESnet director in February 2016, Monga was named interim director. Since joining the organization, Monga has served as a software engineer, chief technology officer, group lead of the Tools Team and deputy of technology for the Scientific Networking Division. He provides research and technology direction, actively leads research projects and championed building a focused software engineering effort within ESnet. He is also a frequent invited/keynote speaker at industry and research and education (R&E) networking conferences.

“ESnet was very fortunate to have Inder join the organization in 2009 and I’m very pleased that he will now lead ESnet into the next generation of scientific networking,” said Kathy Yelick, Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab, in announcing Monga’s appointment. “As science has become increasingly science-driven, networking plays a critical role in giving researchers access to critical data, as well as supporting global collaborations.”

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Interactive Timeline Showcases ESnet’s 30 Years of Networking Leadership

ESnet_30year_r3_FinalIn observance of its 30 years of supporting Department of Energy sciences, ESnet is kicking off six months of activities highlighting the network’s accomplishments and contributions to the global networking community, starting with an interactive timeline highlighting ESnet’s networking innovations and milestones, and including extensive documentation of the network as it evolved.

In 1986, DOE merged the Magnetic Fusion Energy Network (MFEnet) with the High Energy Physics Network (HEPnet) to create the Energy Sciences Network, better known as ESnet.  But ESnet’s roots reach back to the mid-1970s when four dial-up modems connected the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab to the National Magnetic Fusion Energy Computer Center, which is today known as NERSC, DOE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.

In the coming months, watch for more posts marking ESnet’s 30th.

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