For the last three years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a series of competitive grants to over 100 U.S. universities to aggressively upgrade their campus network capacity for greatly enhanced science data access. NSF is now building on that distributed investment by funding a $5 million, five-year award to UC San Diego and UC Berkeley to establish a Pacific Research Platform (PRP), a science-driven high-capacity data-centric freeway system on a large regional scale. Within a few years, the PRP will give participating universities and other research institutions the ability to move data 1,000 times faster compared to speeds on today’s inter-campus shared Internet.

The goal of this Workshop is to debate and discuss the goals of PRPv2. The technical design and build-out of the PRP project is being conducted in two phases with the aim of achieving the following goals:

Year Phase Goals
1-2 PRPv1 1 Create a scalable network design for optimizing data transfer
3-5 PRPv2 2 Evolve to IPv6 with Cooperating Research Groups
3 Create OpenFlow as a firewall and explore other trust and security features