CENIC, Link Oregon to establish high-speed Oregon-California network connection

An agreement between CENIC and Link Oregon establishes a unique regional partnership that allows both organizations to share resources and expertise in providing extended fiber broadband network capabilities and services to research, education, and other public-service organizations across California and Oregon–and eventually beyond, the companies said.

CENIC, established in 1997, is a non-profit organization that operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network of more than 8,000 miles of optical fiber across California. It supports over 20 million users including most K-20 students, as well as educators, researchers, and other vital, public-serving institutions.

Link Oregon–the newly minted non-profit consortium of Oregon´s four research universities (Oregon State University, OHSU, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon) and the State of Oregon´s Office of the Chief Information Officer–will provide high-speed, reliable, cost-effective fiber broadband connectivity to some 600 non-profit and public service organizations, including K-12 and other public education institutions, libraries, public health facilities, Tribes, and state government offices statewide.

The new agreement gives Link Oregon direct access to CENIC´s networks, supercomputing facilities, bundled peering, and participation in experimental network activities, initiatives, testbeds, technical support services, workshops, conferences, and other critical services. CENIC will benefit from closer collaboration in research, data-sharing, education support, and other service activities across a broader geography.

The agreement also builds on CENIC´s and Link Oregon´s existing relationships with key entities such as the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Internet2, an advanced technology community for higher education that will provide the 100 gigabit-per-second transport to connect the Link Oregon presence in Eugene, Oregon to the CENIC Network at the CalREN Sunnyvale node in Silicon Valley.

A second phase will establish a direct connection to CENIC´s Pacific Wave infrastructure, extending the reach across a distributed, international network-peering facility for the Pacific Rim via the Pacific Research Platform (PRP). The PRP allows large amounts of scientific data to be moved between labs, collaborators´ sites, supercomputer centers, data repositories, and the cloud.