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Bridging Open Networks for Scientific Applications & Innovations

The main goal of this project is to design and build a new dedicated network for scientific computing at UO campus called BONSAI.

The BONSAI project enables researchers across the campus (or even at other research institutions) to effectively access computational resources, storage space and visualization capabilities at UO. The BONSAI network will have high-bandwidth connectivity to Internet2 which enables UO researchers to effectively leverage the services offered by the DYNES project. In turn, this magnifies the value of significant investments in computing and storage resources UO, and significantly improves their research productivity. Our efforts to design, build and maintain the BONSAI network focus on the following five major tasks:

  1. Creating a Science DMZ platform among major computing facilities across UO,
  2. Adding a new 10Gbps network circuit between the UO and Internet2,
  3. Implementing and operating Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies throughout the network,
  4. Promoting the development of IPv6- and service-aware scientific applications, and
  5. Socializing the use of the UO’s membership to the InCommon federation.



  • Reza Rejaie (CIS)
  • Allen Malony (CIS)
  • Jose Domiguez (NTS)
  • Gregory Bothun (Physics)
  • Kimberly Espy (VP for Research & Innovation)
  • Eric Torrence (Physics)
  • William Cresko (Biology)
  • David Crowe (NERO)
  • David Meyer (NTS)
  • Dale Smith (NTS)


This project is funded by the National Science Foundation grant no. NIE 1246136. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.