FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has increased its internet connection speed as a result of an upgraded link to a national higher education broadband network.

The university’s connection has been boosted from 10 gigabytes per second to 100 gigabytes per second, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2c14diS ) reports.

Steven Fulkerson, director of the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network, says the upgrade is meant to better connect the school to the nationwide supercomputing network called XSEDE, or Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment.

The network is run by the National Science Foundation.

“The reason why it’s so important for Fayetteville is that it allows them to get in the next level of supercomputing,” Fulkerson said. “We want to provide the level of connectivity to compete on the national stage.”

The increased internet speed will be used for faster data transfers to and from the campus.

Jack Cothren, executive director of the Arkansas Research Computing Collaborative, says the upgrade “speeds up our ability to collaborate.”

“The role of high-performance computing — and we’re talking about tens of thousands of desktop computers all strung together and working as one — means that we can allow researchers to run a model over a long period of time and watch, for example, how a material forms,” Cothren said.

Cothren said he wants to have all of the campus’ resources available through the XSEDE network within five years.

The university hopes to eventually connect its supercomputers to the network. The school has two supercomputers, Trestles and Razor.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com