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The UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Computational Sciences—and UT’s Office of Information Technology—have announced final plans to upgrade the bandwidth of UT’s wide area network for research and education to 100 gigabit per second (100G) capability by July 2014. The upgrade project is titled Bandwidth for Leadership in Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) and will provide a bandwidth increase of ten times more than the existing network capabilities, positioning UT as an early university adopter of 100G technology.

The upgrade will also significantly improve a wide range of big data and other science data flows for the university and for national science and engineering research communities supported by OIT and JICS. The BLAST project is supported by UT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the National Science Foundation.

To read the entire story, visit the NICS website.