Internet2 High-Speed Networking
Internet2 is a consortium being led by more than 180 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 operates a national high-speed network referred to as the Abilene network, access to which is restricted to institutions supporting research and education.
University research and education missions increasingly require the collaboration of personnel and hardware located at campuses throughout the country in ways not possible over today's Internet. Universities are also a principal source of the demand for advanced networking technologies and the talent needed to implement them. Researchers, instructors and students at Internet2 universities are able to explore capabilities beyond today's Internet as they teach and learn and conduct science in disciplines ranging from the fine arts to physics.
Internet2 and its members are developing and testing new technologies that will enable revolutionary Internet applications. However, these applications require performance not possible on today's Internet. More than a faster web or email, these new technologies will enable completely new applications such as digital libraries, virtual laboratories, distance-independent learning and tele-immersion.
A primary goal of Internet2 is to ensure the transfer of new network technology and applications to the broader education and networking communities. MU's participation in the Internet2 community provides high-bandwidth networking services for applications that simply will not work on the "commodity" Internet.
Work was done in collaboration with the Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science in the MU College of Engineering, the MU College of Education and Washington University in St. Louis.
If you are connected to Mizzou TigerNet, the regular campus network, you have access to Internet2. All network traffic between the MU campus and other Internet2 institutions, from email to advanced networked applications, automatically routes through Internet2's Abilene network.
Find the answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Internet2 from the Internet2 Consortium. If you have other questions, call (573) 882-2000 and ask for Research Support Computing or send email to Research Support Computing.