Research Networks


The Internet2 Network provides the U.S. Research and education community with a dynamic, innovative and cost effective hybrid-optical and packet network to meet the community's special needs.

CSSD connects Pitt's researchers and educators to Internet2 and its member communities through the Pittsburgh GigaPop. The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3Rox) is a regional network aggregation point, providing high speed network access to research and commodity networks.

Internet2 InCommon Federation/Shibboleth Communities

You can easily and securely access valuable information at other institutions using your primary University Computing Account username and password. This is made possible by the University's membership in the InCommon Federation and Shibboleth (a behind-the-scenes authentication and authorization mechanism). Anyone at Pitt can currently access resources from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and EDUCAUSE.

Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)

ESnet provides high-bandwidth connections to link scientists at national laboratories, universities, and other research institutions, enabling them to collaborate on scientific challenges including:

  • Energy
  • Climate Science
  • Origins of the universe

Funded by the DOE Office of Science, and managed and operated by the ESnet team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides scientists with access to DOE research facilities and computing resources.

Pitt is a sponsoring member of Oak Ridge (ORAU: Oak Ridge Associated Universities), which is one of 40 Energy Sciences Network sites.

CSSD can bring new connections and collaboration opportunities on the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) to Pitt's researchers and educators.

KINBER (Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research)

Pennsylvania Research and Education Network (PennREN) PennREN offers Pitt researchers strategic opportunities for collaboration and networking with:

  • Dedicated dark fiber
  • Connectivity to a shared, statewide research and education backbone
  • Dedicated ethernet connections (point to point, multi-point)
  • Access to other national research and education backbones

CSSD will bring new connections, communities and capacities to Pitt's researchers and educators through our Pittsburgh campus and regional campus PennREN nodes.

The University of Pittsburgh is a charter member of KINBER, the Keystone Initiative for Network-Based Education and Research, and is actively engaged in the establishment of the Pennsylvania Research and Education Network (PennREN).

PennREN will connect researchers, educators, and health care providers through affordable access to scalable high-speed broadband capabilities with connections to national research institutions and networks.


Tags: Research Computing Internet2 ESnet KINBER