Network Connectivity Enables Climate Research

Summit® X650 40-GbEswitch
Extreme Networks
Santa Clara, CA

Some of the largest data sets in existence are related to weather research, and that data is used throughout the world. The ability to rapidly share data across faster networks enables advances in global climate research. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, is home to two of the world’s top climate modeling groups at the Greenbelt facility and at the Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York. Goddard is working with Extreme Networks to evaluate high-speed, standards-based 40-GbE connectivity in support of global climate research.


The planned networking experiments enable enhanced research capabilities through improved network performance using Extreme Networks’ Summit® X650 40-GbEswitch, which is built on the IEEE 802.3ba standard for 40/100G Ethernet. The High End Computer Networking (HECN) Team at Goddard is link-aggregating multiple 10-GbEs, but prefer to have the 40-GbE capability. The experiments involve the transfer of files that range from 32 gigabytes to 128 gigabytes. By implementing the 40-GbE in the core, network operators can realize reductions in cost, configuration, and cabling complexity.

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