The Science DMZ is a three year, $350k project to deploy 10 Gbps network speeds at Carleton for the first time, and take advantage of this massive bandwidth allowance to enable unprecedented collaboration between scientists at Carleton and other institutions. The project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Its goals are to:

  1. Provision 10 Gbps (‘10-gig’) internet transport to the Internet2 backbone in Minneapolis;
  2. Deploy a high speed data transfer node, or DTN, capable of saturating this link in order to transfer massive datasets to research partners around the globe; and
  3. Extend 10 Gbps connectivity to specific research computers at Carleton.

Getting Started:

  • The creation of a new, high-speed link between Carleton and our internet service providers in Minneapolis will have positive effects for everyone at Carleton, whether or not they are research scientists. While we will not purchase 10Gbps of commodity internet bandwidth immediately, many popular services, such as Netflix and Google, are available via Internet2 and should be noticeably faster once the new circuit is online.
  • Research scientists who are not currently part of the project but are interested should contact Chris Dlugosz (x4841.) It may be possible to include them in the project, depending on their research needs and office location.
  • The new 10Gbps circuit to Minneapolis will be live before the beginning of Fall Term 2015, and all internet traffic from Carleton will travel over the new circuit.  Over the next three to five months, ITS will deploy additional network hardware in the datacenter and across campus to extend 10G service to various campus locations.


Contact Chris Dlugosz (x4841.)