UO-based center is helping scientists in Bhutan connect to international networks

The Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), a non-profit based at the University of Oregon, has joined with the organization Internet2 to bring an ultra-high-speed Internet network to the research and education (R&E) community in the nation of Bhutan.

Internet2 operates the largest and fastest National Research and Education Network (NREN) serving 260 U.S. universities—including the University of Oregon—in addition to 65 government agencies, 40 regional and state education networks, 85 corporations and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.

National Research and Education Networks are dedicated internet service providers that support the needs of scientists, researchers, and educators. NRENs provide important connections to high-speed supercomputers and help foster the exchange of information between academic institutions.

Bhutan currently has a successful system, but it operates below the speed of other national networks. With support from the NSRC and Internet2, the engineers in Bhutan will be working to prepare their country’s network to connect at the higher speeds of other NRENs, ultimately matching the 100 gigabytes per second found on the Internet2 network in the United States.

The project is partially funded by a recent grant from the National Science Foundation to the NSRC in support of the center’s efforts to develop network communications infrastructure and local engineering capacity in regions of the world where inadequate connectivity poses a barrier to collaborations with U.S. scientists and educators.

Established in 1992, the NSRC has worked in more than 100 countries, often in collaboration with government leaders, university administrators and researchers. Through these partnerships, the NSRC has helped build some of the initial Internet infrastructure in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America.

For more information about the efforts in Bhutan, read the news release from Internet2.