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100Gbps ring connection around the globe supercharges EU-Japanese science collaborations

Scientific communities across Europe and Japan are set to benefit from an interconnection upgrade from 20 to 100Gbps between the pan-European GÉANT network and the Japanese Science Information Network (SINET), operated by the National Institute of Informatics (NII).

The new GÉANT-SINET interconnection in Amsterdam is part of the deployment of NII’s globe-spanning ring of 100Gbps links from Tokyo to Los Angeles, across to New York, onto Amsterdam and from there back to Tokyo, which was announced by NII last Friday.

The capacity boost is set to accelerate in particular EU-Japanese collaborative scientific research on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments, the Belle II electron collider facility due to become operational next year at KEK in Tsukuba in Japan, with large parts of computation and storage resources being hosted in Europe, the ITER energy fusion reactor and the Hayabusa2 and BepiColombo satellite missions, jointly operated by the European Space Agency Operation Centre (ESOC) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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