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Doing data-intensive research or need high-speed networking to support your project? Need guaranteed bandwidth for a particular project?

NGN provides basic support for high-speed networking, such as 10G (10 gigabits per second), and has the flexibility to support special needs. Higher-speed service may be available where required.

Here's how to take advantage of UCSD's high-end network infrastructure services:

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10G Connections to Buildings

Most research buildings on the main campus, School of Medicine/East Campus and SIO are connected to the campus backbone at 10G or higher.

Although not part of the NGN effort, the UCSD Medical Center at Hillcrest will also connect buildings at 10G as needed. Open a Health System Telecommunication Service Request if you have questions about 10G availability at Hillcrest.

10G Connections to Research Labs & Individual Locations

NGN3 supports high-bandwidth connections for research needs. NGN3 pays for the switch port and the optic on the campus network equipment.

Researchers pay for a 10G switch and optics for their lab, and any needed high-speed cabling from the NGN switch.

In most cases, the total cost will be $2,000-$20,000, though needs for multiple 10G ports (if you have multiple 10G devices) may mean a more expensive switch is needed. Note: Administrative (not for research) connections have an additional per-port cost.

40G and multiple-10G connections can also be arranged, at higher cost, for special needs.

IT Services' Enterprise Network team will help you figure out what you need for 10G given your current equipment and your connection needs, what it will cost, whether you qualify for the RCI stipend, and how it can be supported. We can also help you get more out of the connections you have. Fill out a customer service request and select "specialized research networking" to arrange a consultation for your specific needs.

Although not part of the NGN effort, the UCSD Medical Center at Hillcrest is also able to accommodate researchers' high-speed networking needs. Health System installations are also eligible for the RCI stipend. Open a Health System Telecommunication Service Request if you have questions about 10G availability at Hillcrest.

Improving Performance on Connections

IT Services' Enterprise Network team can help you get the most out of your current connections. UCSD's network is generally uncongested, so when you see what looks like a slow connection, it is often related to software or protocols.

You can look at UCSD's network performance at the UCSD Network Weathermap.

You can peruse this highly technical document on TCP/IP connection testing and performance tuning on the syswiki.

For personalize assistance, contact servicedesk@ucsd.edu and ask for help diagnosing a network performance issue.

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