University of Memphis Networks services supporting research
Infrastructure: The University of Memphis operates a state of the art communications network with
over 17,000 nodes which provides connectivity across the main and regional campuses
and facilities, on-campus residences, the Internet, and high-performance national
research networks (e.g. I2). The campus network infrastructure standard provides switched
100 Mbs service to the desktop. Optional switched 1 Gbs service to the desktop is
available to support specialized research needs. Wireless data service (currently
802.11N) is available in all buildings and public areas on the main campus, and in
all regional locations. The University of Memphis has dual redundant internet connections
through 2 different Tier 1 providers with a total of more than 11 gigabit per second
(Gbps) of commodity Internet service.
Research connectivity: The University of Memphis is the State of Tennessee Connector site for the Internet2 research network . Internet2 is a consortium of over 200 U.S. universities working
in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network
applications and technologies to support education and research. The University of
Memphis, in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Education Networks of America (ENA), and NetTenn, provides statewide access into Internet2 through Internet2's SEGP (Sponsored Education
Group Participant) program, to K-12 school districts throughout the state as well
as other higher education and research institutions in Tennessee.
The University of Memphis is a founding member of the Memphis Coalition for Advanced Networking (MCAN). MCAN is a regional optical network providing very high speed connectivity
at 10 gigabits per second among the researchers and facilities of its local members, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis BioWorks Foundation as well as to the Oak Ridge National Laboratories
MCAN is dedicated to the development of Tennessee's knowledge and innovation economy
by providing reliable and cost-effective very high speed communications for its members.
The organization plays an active role in developing research partnerships on behalf
of its members. MCAN serves education, research, public service, and economic development
initiatives. MCAN establishes communication connections with other initiatives in
Tennessee to form a statewide high speed research backbone. Further, MCAN connects
the Memphis region with national and international research and scientific networks,
enabling Memphis and Tennessee a significant competitive advantage in research-driven
economic development. MCAN is working with other regional research network partners
in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi to promote regional connectivity in the mid-south.