PennNet Border Router Upgrade - Spring 2014
Information Systems and Computing Networking and Telecommunications has been planning for and is about to embark on the next major part of the Next Generation PennNet (NGP) project which is to upgrade the PennNet border routers. Beginning on February 18th, ISC N&T will begin the process of upgrading the campus border routers. The new PennNet border routers will provide strategic IT value to the campus community for at least the next 5 to 7 years as it will position us with the latest features and interface technology to provide scalable bandwidth to support emerging high-end research needs, academic instruction, and cloud services. It will allow for 100 Gigabit per second connectivity with the PennNet core routers, Internet2 and up to 10 Gigabit per second connectivity with each of Penn’s Internet Service Providers, as well as high speed connections to the Advanced Layer 2 services network. This represents a 100x boost in speed and capacity over our existing network connection to Internet2. Penn is currently working closely with Internet2 to schedule and build out a new direct 100 Gigabit per second connection. Some additional benefits of the new Border routers will include:
- Scalability toward 100 Gb Internet 2 connection to put Penn at forefront of collaborative research
- Provide high-performance networking services designed to support a big data service model
- Meet the data transfer and collaboration needs of researchers and the requirements of grant-making agencies for Penn’s $1B annual research enterprise (High-Energy Physics, Genomics, Bioinformatics)
- Reliable, cost-effective network solutions that can be tailored to support specific research needs
- Provide high-speed off campus network access from campus labs and buildings though PennNet
- Prepare support for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow capability, an exciting and active area of current experimentation in networking
During February and March, we plan to upgrade one border router every other week, until both border routers are upgraded and we can begin the work of decommissioning the old border router equipment.
What To Expect
Since all core routers are linked to both border routers, there should not be any perceivable down time to the Penn community as connections will travel over the other path if a single border router is unavailable.