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OCTO, GWU Partnership Powers Internet2 Global Summit

Monday, May 4, 2015
DC-Net Network Meets High Connectivity Demands for Researchers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 5, 2015

CONTACT:
Michael Rupert, (202) 724-5178, michael.rupert@dc.gov


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nothing was going to slow down top research and education leaders at the 2015 Internet2 Global Summit at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. last week thanks to a partnership between DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and George Washington University (GWU).

Through the network capabilities of OCTO’s government-owned and operated DC-Net fiber optic network and GWU’s Capital Area Advanced Research and Education Network (CAAREN), summit attendees were able to fully utilize the power of high bandwidth applications and capabilities in an end-to-end ultra-high capacity networking environment.

DC-Net provided 10 gigabits per second local link connectivity from the Renaissance Hotel to CAAREN and the Internet2 core. During the five-day summit, a total of 258TB (terabytes) of data traffic was moved to and from the hotel – including a 4k super-HiDef video shown during Wednesday’s general session.

DC-Net Meets High Connectivity Demands

OCTO’s DC-Net engineering team leaders said today’s research and education applications demand the highest connection speeds available and were excited to partner with George Washington University to provide the world’s leading researchers and educators with this unprecedented level of connectivity.

Designed to spark innovation and collaboration, this year’s summit was themed “Community: Leading the Way” and showcased how the research and education community is transforming the way research is perceived, as well as expanding knowledge and promoting academic excellence.

CAAREN is designed to build a high-performance R&E infrastructure in the D.C. area to facilitate world-class research, and serves as an onramp to Internet2 as a member of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN). CAAREN offers research network services to organizations such as schools, libraries, hospitals, government institutions and some private-sector organizations.

DC-Net is the first 100Gbps capable municipal network in the U.S. In addition to bringing the power of the 21st century technology to government services, DC-Net connects schools and universities, health care providers and other community anchors throughout the D.C. region. DC-Net has partnered with CAAREN since 2013, enabling access to advanced research programming that is key for science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) and other school initiatives.

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