The National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment (NSCEE) provides primary support for research computing at UNLV.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) supports research through UNLV's membership in Internet2. OIT also maintains licenses and purchase agreements for software that is useful in research and data analysis including SPSS, SAS, ArcView and ArcGIS.
UNLV and Internet2
Internet2 is a not-for-profit advanced networking consortium comprising (as of June, 2011) 221 U.S. universities, in cooperation with 45 leading corporations, 66 government agencies, laboratories and other institutions of higher learning, 35 regional and state research and education networks and more than 100 national research and education networking organizations representing over 50 countries.
The Internet2 community has identified four goals that will serve as the means to fulfill their mission.
Goal I – Design, operate, and continually advance a leading-edge research and education network as a national asset.
Goal II – Provide researchers and scholars with the tools and support they need to envision and execute the next generation of collaborative discovery.
Goal III – Maintain vigorous partnership, outreach, and advocacy programs to jointly develop, promote, and share the transformational power of cyberinfrastructure throughout the communities in which we work and live.
Goal IV – Operate the Internet2 organization as an exemplary membership organization with empowered leadership, financial transparency and member engagement at all levels in order to achieve the membership's shared objectives as articulated through participatory governance and continuous assessment.
Internet2 Network Backbone
Often when people say that they want to use Internet2, they mean that they want to use one of the high-speed nation-wide networks connecting Internet2 member sites.
UNLV connects to other Internet2 sites automatically via its links the Advanced Hybrid Optical and Packet Network provided by Internet2. (Access to high bandwidth is provided whenever a user at one Internet2 site addresses a resource at another Internet2 site.) A map showing the infrastructure available at various locations is available here.
For a map of the Advanced Hybrid Optical and Packet Network backbone showing current traffic, see http://atlas.grnoc.iu.edu
UNLV is participating in Internet2 to allow our high-speed connectivity between our campus and other Internet2 sites to facilitate research and collaborative work that would not be possible at the transmission rates allowed by the commodities Internet. We also want to participate in the development of the next generation of Internet technology.
What do I need to do to use the high-speed Internet2 network?
You have been using the high-speed network whenever you connect to any of the over 200 universities and additional government agencies that are members of Internet2. Your use of these high-speed networks is automatic. You don't need to do anything different than you do to use the commodities Internet. In fact, you have no influence over how your transmissions are routed.
There is a belief in some quarters that there are places on the Internet that can only be reached via Internet2. This belief is unfounded. Sites on the Internet are identified by IP numbers or addresses. These sites can usually be reached by many different routes. When you access Web or other resources at, say, Indiana University from the UNLV campus you connect via the high-speed Abilene backbone. When you connect to the same site through your cable modem at home, you connect through the lower-speed commodities network.
What about my campus connection to the high-speed network?
Most places on campus provide 100Mb/s connections to the router that connects to the CalREN network. Those of you in buildings so configured should experience fast connections to I2 sites from your desktop computers. A few places on campus have only 10Mb/s connections. We are in the process of replacing network equipment on campus to provide reliable high-speed access to Internet resources from any point on campus.
A variety of utilities are available to test your connection to the high-speed network or Internet2 sites. A Web utility that will test your connection to a machine at the Argonne National Laboratory is available at http://ndt.anl.gov:7123/ Note: The applet requires Java to be installed on your workstation. It may not display properly on some browsers.
What kinds of resources are being developed for use on Internet2?
The Internet2 Web site contains an archive of resources developed as Internet2 initiatives at: http://www.internet2.edu/middleware/index.cfm.
Who can I contact at UNLV for more information on Internet2?
If you have a research or education application requiring the use of a high-performance network connection, please contact Bob Thorson, Senior Systems Analyst, ext 895-1493, bob [dot] thorson [at] nscee [dot] edu (subject: Internet2%20Inquiry) to find out more about the opportunities for using Internet2 networks.
What grant opportunities are available for Internet2-related projects?
Some grant resources:
- Internet2 Research Grants
- National Science Foundation, Information Technology Research
- National Library of Medicine's Telemedicine Initiative