ESnet and LGS Innovations Deploying 100G IP Network Capabilities Nationwide
Posted on: October 19, 2011

Researchers to Benefit from Brand New Ultra High-Capacity Network that Will Help Fuel U.S. Innovation

HERNDON, Va.—October 19, 2011—LGS Innovations, The Network Experts, today announced they are teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) to build a nationwide 100 Gigabit per second Ethernet (100GE) network that will accommodate ESnet’s anticipated tenfold increase in science data traffic volume over the next four years and beyond. The network will support research efforts that will enable scientists to develop technologies and innovations that will address energy, climate, and other research challenges in the U.S. and abroad.

Managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and funded by the DOE Office of Science, ESnet is building a new 100GE network through its Advanced Networking Initiative (ANI). Under the agreement, LGS Innovations is providing the 7750 Service Router (SR) from its parent company, Alcatel-Lucent, for ten points of presence across ESnet’s national backbone as well as directly at select laboratory sites. LGS is providing this solution through a competitively awarded subcontract with Synchronized Networking Solutions, LLC.

Steve Cotter, ESnet department head, said: “Today, researchers partner in virtual collaborations spanning continents and must be able to share terabytes of data on a regular basis. An advanced, ultra high-bandwidth network is critical in this new data-intensive science age, and 100GE will provide a key enabling technology to facilitate U.S. scientific discovery.”

The new network will first be built as a prototype connecting the DOE Office of Science’s three leading computing facilities—the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in Berkeley, California, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility near Chicago, Illinois, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the MAN LAN international exchange point in New York. By the end of 2012, ESnet will transition the network to production, deploying 100GE connections across its entire footprint to provide these enhanced capabilities to researchers across the country.

Ronald Iverson, LGS Innovations Chief Executive Officer, said: “As a global leader in the development and use of advanced ultra high-capacity networks, our nation’s scientists and research facilities must be prepared for the future demands sharing increasingly large volumes of data. Building the 100GE network will enable the U.S. to maintain a scientific competitive edge globally, while fueling economic growth and job creation at home.”

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About LGS Innovations

LGS Innovations LLC solves the most complex networking and communications challenges facing the U.S. Federal Government. Building on its Bell Labs heritage, LGS Innovations delivers groundbreaking research and advanced networking and communications solutions that provide an information advantage and contribute to the mission success of its customers. An independent subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent dedicated solely to serving the U.S. Federal Government, LGS Innovations is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. To learn more about LGS Innovations, visit LGS Innovations: The Network Experts.


About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 12 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. For more information, visit

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