KINBER Increases Research and Education Network Peering and Capacity

KINBER Increases Research and Education Network Peering and Capacity


Second Dedicated 100Gbps Internet2 Connection and Enhanced 100Gbps Regional Network Peering to Support Research and Scientific Innovation in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (July 8, 2020) – The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) today announced it is establishing a new second dedicated 100 Gigabit Ethernet connection to the Internet2 national Research and Education (R&E) network out of KINBER’s Pittsburgh Point-of-Presence, located at Nova Place, 100 South Commons. In addition to this new second Internet2 connection, KINBER has also increased regional peering with the Research and Education network in the north at NYSERNet from 10Gbps to 100Gbps capacity.

This new second direct 100Gbps Internet2 connection is in addition to the 100Gbps Internet2 connection KINBER has in place in Philadelphia. It also adds redundancy and resiliency to the PennREN backbone and is part of KINBER’s continued investment in providing high quality R&E infrastructure and support.

This additional doubled research and education network capacity provides advanced network capabilities to support the increased requirements and network demands across the statewide KINBER membership, especially as educational institutions and community anchor groups have transitioned more online in recent months due to COVID-19.

“Adding this second dedicated 100G connection in the western part of the commonwealth further strengthens KINBER’s ability to serve the research and education community statewide and in the region,” said Nathan Flood, KINBER’s interim president and CEO. “Enhanced peering capabilities to other regional statewide advanced networks including NYSERNet in NY and the Internet2 national high-speed backbone is directly aligned with KINBER’s core mission in support of research and education today and in the future.”

The availability of the additional 100Gbps capabilities to the national Internet2 high-speed backbone is critical for Pennsylvania’s research and education organizations, including research intensive organizations, but also supports KINBER’s mission of connecting Pennsylvania’s community anchor institutions such as hospitals, health care entities, state and local governments, public libraries, community colleges, and museums and science centers. The second direct Internet2 100Gbps connection adds to the existing portfolio of network-based resources available to serve diverse community anchor organizations out of KINBER’s Pittsburgh Point-of-Presence at Nova Place.

“KINBER is committed to its mission of providing a robust research and education network in the commonwealth, while also investing in the underserved and underserved communities,” said KINBER interim president and CEO, Nathan Flood.

The new dedicated second 100Gbps connection to Internet2 is part of several network upgrades and enhancements KINBER has recently put in place to support increased research and education demand and interest, as organizations are increasingly engaged in large-scale collaborations, data-intensive research, rich interactive digital learning and global education, and are actively pursuing migration strategies for data and cloud access.

“We are very pleased to have KINBER be an early adopter of the new Internet2 Next Generation Infrastructure platform, which has focused on providing regional networks with added capacity and resiliency, as well as robust cloud connectivity and interconnections to myriad service providers, such as esports exchanges,” said George Loftus, associate vice president of network services at Internet2. “KINBER’s increased network capacity and regional peering will ensure that across Pennsylvania, research and education organizations, and community anchor institutions, will continue to have access to affordable, reliable, and scalable infrastructure, services, and support.”

The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network. The nonprofit organization is a trusted technology partner that provides a strategic and competitive advantage to more than 130 Pennsylvania-based organizations through high-speed broadband connectivity, collaboration and innovative use of digital technologies. KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable, and affordable digital infrastructure and tools to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens, and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy. For more information, visit or follow @KINBER on Twitter.

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