UC Merced’s Science DMZ, FIONA and perfSONAR make it possible for you to work faster, smarter and more securely. Operational requirements drive the need for simplicity, accountability, accuracy, and the easy integration of test and measurement services. Security requirements come from the need to ensure correctness, prevent misuse, and the avoid embarrassment or other negative publicity that can compromise the reputation of the site or the science.
The Science DMZ design is tailored to meet the needs of lab-based researchers, community HPC resources and visualization capabilities, but also scale to meet the future needs as we move towards 2020.
Our architecture meets these needs by instantiating a simple, scalable network enclave that explicitly accommodates high-performance science applications while explicitly excluding general-purpose computing and the additional complexities that go with it. We move data quickly and efficiently, so you can get more done in a day.
High-Speed Networking Specifications
- UC Merced's Science DMZ Network is a 1-10Gbps Layer 2/3 network to the lab or instrument, and which is connected across campus on a 40Gbps Network Science Core. All Science DMZ Network connections are linked directly to the dedicated 10-100Gbps Science DMZ router and from there to CENIC's High Performance Research Network.
- Pacific Research Platform (PRP) is an NSF-funded (Award #1541349) is a multi-institutional extensible deployment that establishes a science-driven high-capacity data-centric 'freeway system.' The PRP spans all 10 campuses of the University of California, as well as the major California private research universities, four supercomputer centers, and several universities outside California.
- Testing and Data Collaboration services using perfSONAR network test nodes and Fast I/O Network Appliances (FIONAs). FIONAs are capable of 10Gbps Big Data transfers to and from campus. Each FIONA is capable of holding nearly 100TB of fast-access data.