UM Upgrades Internet Speed with Internet2 100G Connector

May 28, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana is now home to a 100-gigabit-per-second fiber connection as an Internet2 Network connector site in Missoula. The ultra-high-speed capability advances UM’s research efforts and expands opportunities to support educational, research and health care institutions across the state.

“The Internet2 Network connection provides great support to our researchers who collaborate with colleagues both nationally and internationally and, in particular, for those involved in big data initiatives and their entrepreneurial activities,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship.

The new capability, which is 10 times faster than UM’s previous connection, will further research efforts in the areas of ecosystems, climate change, environmental health, neuroscience, the search for Earth-like planets in nearby solar systems and more.

“This provides us with amazing opportunities to capture and transmit field sensor data from an array of Internet of Everything possibilities,” said Matt Riley, UM’s chief information officer. “Missoula’s connectivity to the Internet2 Network brings Montana’s research and academic programs to the forefront.”

Riley says network connectivity is key to education and economic development activities in rural states where communities are separated by vast distances. UM connects a portion of Montana’s higher education institutions, including four-year, two-year and tribal colleges, as well as the U.S. Forest Service. The new 100G connection provides an opportunity to expand connectivity to more higher education institutions, to the K-12 community, health care facilities, libraries and research laboratories across Montana.

“The University of Montana is a key institution in the northern United States, both for its research and education excellence and its leadership in connecting educational and public institutions in Montana,” said Rob Vietzke, vice president of network services at Internet2. “We are pleased to partner with UM to advance its work and provide better network access for Montana’s educational institutions.”

Contact: Gordy Pace, director of IT communications at UM, 406-243-2371, gordy.pace@umontana.edu; Angela Stark, Internet2, 202-803-8996, astark@internet2.edu.