NSW uni plugs in 10Gbps connection

New connection to be used to help cancer research

The University of NSW has upgraded its network connection to AARNet to 10Gbps with a view to enabling new projects that require high bandwidth or large amounts of data exchange.

AARNet’s recently launched 10Gbps customer access product is also aimed at allowing more collaborative research between the university subscribers.

Speeds of 10Gbps are associated with data centre fabric, but AARNet’s greenfield network allows for high capacity across a wide-area network.

Greg Sawyer, communication services manager at the University of New South Wales, said when the organisation was offered the opportunity to upgrade to 10Gbps connections from AARNet, it identified the potential to scientists and researchers to expand into new areas.

“The increased bandwidth capacity enables some of our research facilities and innovative techniques to no longer be restricted by bandwidth and will benefit the university’s progressive research community for several years,” Sawyer said.

“A key development where AARNet’s 10Gbps connection will make a significant contribution is in the new Lowy Cancer Research Centre that UNSW is opening later this year.”

According to UNSW, the new institute will be one of the largest dedicated cancer research centres in the southern hemisphere and Australia’s only fully integrated childhood and adult cancer research centre.

AARNet CEO, Chris Hancock, said AARNet’s mission is to provide Australia’s academic and research communities with access to the best possible network connections and to enable exploration into new areas of research and collaboration.

“The University of New South Wales now has the power to collaborate and conduct research on a scale like never before, which will allow it to help keep Australia at the forefront of international scientific and academic research,” Hancock said.

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