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Internet2 at U-M

Getting Started

The University of Michigan appoints an Internet2 Applications Liaison to help the U-M community understand and use our membership in Internet2. This person keeps up with the various activities across campus involving leading edge and high bandwidth uses of the network, and helps to provide a bridge between them.

Tom Bray is the current U-M Internet2 Applications Liaison. He can be reached by email at tbray@umich.edu or by phone at 734-763-9949.


"Internet2" refers to both an organization and a network. As an organization, it's a consortium of over two hundred research universities, affiliated organizations (such as Merit), and corporate partners. For information on the Internet2 organization and general information about the Internet2 national network, see the Internet2 web page.

As a network, Internet2, is a national and international collection of interconnected high performance networks that allow sites attached to these networks to interact in ways that are not possible using the commodity Internet. The Internet2 networks are a significant advance in networking capability for the research and education community. The development of Internet2 was partly driven by the shortcomings of the commodity Internet, but also by a desire to allow the creation of new network applications that are not possible on the regular Internet.

The University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus has a 100G bps ethernet attachment that carries Internet2 traffic. The U-M Dearborn and Flint campuses have 10G bps attachments. All users on all three campuses who have access to the Internet have access to Internet2 as well.

Why is U-M participating in Internet2?

The quality and speed of the Internet2 is what we expect from future networks. Internet2 can provide immediate access to video resources and the ability to interact via video in real time with quality better than a television set. Internet2 will give researchers the ability to move massive amounts of data in a reasonable and predictable amount of time. Internet2 will allow for the real-time control or remote scientific instruments. Internet2 will allow clusters of remote computers to operate in "grids" as if they were a single computer from the users perspective. Internet2 gives this opportunity to those who need access to these capabilities now. It enables us to begin working with the network and applications we'll eventually have across campus.

Who is currently using Internet2 on the U-M campus and how are they using it?

These are some of the projects U-M is working on at this time. Note that not all of their web pages have information on Internet2 activities.

What can Internet2 do for me as a faculty member?

If you are a faculty member with a need for data communication with other Internet2 connected sites that is fast and predictable, this will be of use to you.

What can Internet2 do for me as a staff member?

Staff that work closely with faculty or graduate student researchers are the most likely to use Internet2 services, although Internet2 is available to all staff when they communicate with other Internet2 connected sites. Internet2 will impact staff as new tools are deployed into the commodity Internet which provide all users with high performance capabilities.

What can Internet2 do for me as a student?

All U-M students have access to Internet2 when communicating with other Internet2 connected sites. Graduate students doing their own research in collaboration with other students or faculty or who need access to specialized instruments, facilities or services at other Internet2 connected sites will make the most use of Internet2. Undergraduate students who are working closely with faculty researchers may also make extensive use of Internet2. Internet2 will also impact students as new tools are deployed into the commodity Internet which provide all users with higher speed access.

What kinds of applications will be possible with Internet2?

High quality interactive video, the remote control of scientific instruments, collaborative creation of music, dance or other performance art, shared distributed file storage, shared access to high performance computational systems and resources, data mining, and access to digital library resources including high quality graphics, audio and video are all applications that will be enhanced or made possible using Internet2. Many other applications are possible as well.

For many applications today, Internet2 simply means access to a much more capable network with fewer users and thus much more bandwidth available to the application.

Grant Opportunities

What grant opportunities are there for Internet2?

How can my department get an Internet2 connection?

All U-M campus users have access to Internet2 by default. In some cases, individual users may need to upgrade their workstations by adding a faster Network Interface Card (NIC) or a faster processor to take full advantage of Internet2 services.

There is no separate or additional charge for Internet2 access. See ITS Comm Rates for UM-Ann Arbor campus data network service rates.


Departments should contact their Telecom Project Manager with questions about support.

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