The foundations of the current campus research network (CRN) was established by the NSF INCUS grant. The networking requirements of the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) helped UIC expand its bandwidth from basic Internet2 connectivity (via MREN to StarLight) to high-performance connectivity to regional, national and international research networks (via StarLight). This has enabled advanced research partnerships with University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and other research institutions and facilities. ACCC currently provides routing and on-campus network segmentation to existing researchers on campus at 10Gb and, thanks to INCUS, to a few laboratories, including EVL, at 40-100Gb. ACER collaborated with campus researchers recently to win a NSF $500,000 award to build/extend Science DMZ network at UIC and to extend high-performance networking (10Gb-40Gb) capabilities to more researchers on campus.
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