AARNet is Australia's national research and education network, or NREN
AARNet's advanced research network infrastructure interconnects Australian institutions and organisations involved in research and education with the global research and education network community and resources across multiple 10 and 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) links.
A major driver for the very high capacities of advanced research and education networks such as AARNet is to meet the needs of data-intensive research across a wide range of research disciplines, in both the sciences and the humanities.
On a technical level the network is engineered with low latency, low contention and with sufficient head-room capacity to support bursts of intense use. These are some of the key features that set AARNet apart from other networks.
The AARNet national network spans the continent, from Perth to Hobart, Cairns and Darwin, with geographically diverse Network Access Point sites in all Australian capital cities. The network also delivers substantial capacity to rural, regional and remote locations.
Dedicated hIgh-capacity links to North America and Asia interconnect Australia's research and education communities to more than 120 other research and education networks worldwide.
We work closely with our global research network partners and continuously develop and expand the AARNet network to meet the future needs of the Australian and global research and education communities.
The AARNet national network provides multiple 10, 40 and 100Gbps links across Australia
The AARNet network spans the continent, from Perth to Hobart, Cairns and Darwin, with geographically diverse Network Access Point (NAP) sites in all Australian capital cities. The network also delivers substantial capacity to rural, regional and remote locations.
The national network is underpinned by a high-capacity optical backbone, (also known as the WDM Transmission network), built using industry standard optical transmission Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology and delivering multiple (up to 80) 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) wavelengths.
The optical backbone spans more than 20,000 kms, from Brisbane to outback Western Australia, making it one of Australia's largest high-capacity transmission networks.
Overlaying the optical backbone, and extending beyond using leased lines, is our IP routed network.
We use Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) to deliver a wide variety of network services over 10 and 100 Gbps links, including Internet services and virtual private networks, and to interconnect major scientific instruments and telescopes in remote locations to high-performance computing systems and researchers all over the world.
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AARNet interconnects with national research and education networks worldwide
AARNet's international network provides links to the research and education communities in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the South Caucasus, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific regions.
Our network architecture includes several international Points of Presence (PoP) sites in the United States and Asia. High speed links to the USA are provided by Southern Cross Cable Networks (SCCN), with dedicated 100 Gbps links for research and education across SXTransPORT, a joint initiative of AARNet and SCCN.
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