From “UC San Diego, UC Berkeley to Lead Development of West Coast Big Data ‘Freeway’”


August 4, 2015
News Staff

Pacific Research Platform principal investigator Larry Smarr / Photo courtesy of UC San Diego

Two of California’s premier public universities will use a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a high-capacity “freeway” capable of moving data 1,000 times faster than what can be done today on an intercampus shared network.

UC Berkeley Campus
UC Berkeley

UC San Diego Campus
UC San Diego


Featuring “end-to-end 10-100 gigabits per second (Gbps) connections,” the Pacific Research Platform established by UC Berkeley and UC San Diego will enable study of particle physics, cancer genomics and other data-intensive fields, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) announced Monday.

The data-sharing platform eventually is designed to securely connect the dedicated research networks used at 10 University of California campuses, Stanford, San Diego State University, Caltech and USC, as well as other universities outside California on the West Coast, and national laboratories.

The Pacific Research Platform was conceptually unveiled in spring 2015. The regional platform will link science researchers via three cutting-edge networks: CENIC’s California Research & Education Network (CalREN), the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), and Pacific Wave.

“Research in data-intensive fields is increasingly multi-investigator and multi-institutional, depending on ever more rapid access to ultra-large heterogeneous and widely distributed data sets,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “The Pacific Research Platform will make it possible for PRP researchers to transfer large data sets to where they work from their collaborators’ labs or from remote data centers.”