A project to support Research and Education Networking that has been in the works for over a year has finally come to fruition. Binghamton University is now connected to the New York State Education and Research Network (NYSERNet) and Internet2 networks at 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps), a 20X increase over our previous connection.
This begins to offer immediate benefits in the rates at which Faculty and Student researchers can exchange data and collaborate with peers at other institutions. It also allows for higher throughput when accessing educational resources, such as the MyCourses system as well as scholarly materials from organizations such as the Smithsonian and JSTOR.
To complete this project, Binghamton University ITS has been working closely with NYSERNet and fiber optic providers over the past year to put the essential components in place to complete this advanced connection. This involved NYSERNet obtaining fiber optic connectivity from New York City to the Southern Tier, and Binghamton University obtaining fiber optic connectivity from the main University campus to Henry St. in downtown Binghamton.