CC* Networking Infrastructure: Science DMZ for Data-enabled Science, Engineering, and Health

Project: Research project

Project Details


Arizona State University (ASU) proposes "CC* Networking Infrastructure: Science DMZ for Data-enabled Science, Engineering, and Health" to deploy, operate, and maintain an advanced research network, employing the Science DMZ architecture. The overall project goal is to enable data-driven research and scholarly work at ASU, which will be realized by achieving the following broad objectives: 1) Improve campus network connectivity to enable high speed data movement for STEM research and education activities, by enabling friction-free access to wide area networks; 2) Ensure secure and performant data movement for STEM research and education activities; 3) Increase STEM research and education productivity. As laid out in the wider context of the ASU Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Plan, the proposed work incorporates national best practices in network architecture, security, and authentication. The proposed Science DMZ will be engineered following the best practices originally developed by the Department of Energys Energy Sciences Network and and will be operated by a partnership of campus-level CI experts. In support of the above objectives, ASU will replace the existing edge network equipment to provide a friction-free wide area network path for research data as well as install a Data Transfer Node (DTN) to streamline research data movement. The Data Transfer Node will employ the Flash IO Network Appliance (FIONA) architecture developed by the Pacific Research Platform. A strict router access control list and Intrusion Detection System will secure the Science DMZ, and end-to-end network performance measurement will be conducted by deploying perfSONAR to guard against issues such as packet loss. Finally, Science data flows will be supported by a process incorporating user engagement, iterative technical improvements, training, documentation, and follow-up. Specific guidance on leveraging the Science DMZ will also be included during existing user training sessions offered each semester. Year one comprises equipment acquisition and installation as well as an "early access" user on boarding pilot. During year two the data movement workloads of an initial user cohort will be migrated to the Science DMZ. Measurable expected outcomes of both scientific engagement and network performance will guide the implementation of the project and determine its success during the grant period and beyond. Network design and implementation will be advised by and external advisory board consisting of experts from ESnet, Internet2, the Engagement Performance and Operations Center (EPOC), The Quilt, and Arizona's Sun Corridor research network.
Effective start/end date7/15/206/30/22


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $494,273.00


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