The University of Delaware’s networking infrastructure is getting an upgrade and it is coming just in time.

As UD builds major research initiatives focused on biotechnology, energy, biopharmaceuticals and data science, among others, the need for advanced cyberinfrastructure to support researchers, faculty and students working in these areas becomes increasingly critical.

While existing teaching, learning and operational needs are well supported through UD’s present cyberinfrastructure, current and emerging research needs related to data creation, transfer, archival and analysis are outpacing UD’s Internet connection and bandwidth capacity.

The project, funded through a $447,089 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), will expand UD’s network connection to the Internet2 Network and create specific networking configurations to enable researchers to access new high-bandwidth capabilities.

“UD faculty and students conduct high-quality research with national and global relevance,” said Sharon P. Pitt, UD vice president of information technology and chief information officer. “The much-needed boost in connectivity will ensure UD’s place among the top-tier research institutions around the country and offer a state-of-the-art capability to our researchers needing expanded architecture to support their research goals.”

The upgrades also underpin UD’s effective and continued participation in the national research community, which benefits society and improves U.S. competitiveness, Pitt said.


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