Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


Audio Spot: ORNL develops high-speed supercomputing link for DOE labs

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2005 — The new high-speed UltraScience Net supercomputer data transmission system that links a group of Department of Energy laboratories conducting sophisticated science research was developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

"This particular network enables you to have very high connections and also very stable connections to link up supercomputers and experimental facilities," says Nageswara Rao of ORNL's Computer Science Division.

UltraScience Net is not something one would use on their home computer.

"It is not meant for carrying traffic like e-mail and browsing traffic," Rao says. "It is meant solely for supporting large-scale science applications."

UltraScience Net connects national laboratories in Chicago, Oak Ridge and Richland, Wash., along with the California Institute of Technology. A link to Atlanta is scheduled to go online soon.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.