University of Minnesota funded for dedicated campus research network

The University of Minnesota said that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded it USD500,000 to build a dedicated research and computing network enabling researchers on its Twin Cities campus to more easily collaborate and innovate with research institutions around the world in their pursuit of new knowledge.

The new network, called the Gopher Science Network (GSN), will link the University´s world-class physical and intellectual resources to state, regional, national and global research and education partners. The network will support efforts to advance the University´s strategic plan, which calls for the institution to harness its research breadth and depth to address society´s most complex and consequential problems.

The GSN ensures researchers have access to the high-quality, state-of-the-art systems and capabilities needed to support data-intensive research. It will have high-speed links to regional optical networks to address both capacity and capability requirements of two NSF-funded centers located on the U of M´s Twin Cities campus – the Polar Geospatial Center and the Minnesota Population Center – several core campus research facilities, and advanced research in dynamic networks and high-performance computing.