On Campus Network Enhancements

Campus networking experts are constantly enhancing our on campus networks to improve speed and capacity needed by faculty, staff, students, and accommodate high end research needs. They are also working to enhance connections to other research and education networks to accommodate academic collaboration and improve high speed data transfer throughout the country and around the globe.

On campus enhancements often include:


ITS is consistently working on projects to maintain and enhance the network.

Current Projects

perfSONAR Expansion Project will include a fully instrumented perfSONAR deployment across the network, targeted meshes for schools/colleges, meshes for Dearborn and Flint, and multi-institutional meshes for specific research projects.

Upcoming Projects

Distribution Layer Switch Upgrade
The next systematic replacement of university building Distribution Layer Switches is scheduled to begin in 2017. Once a schedule is determined for this work it will be communicated and posted online. Building scheduling will be coordinated with unit leadership.


ITS also pursues network enhancement grants, often in partnership with campus networking faculty.

Past Network Grants

The 100 Gigabit (Gb) Innovation Project enhanced the core network capacity and increase speed between core network components and external research networks.

The University of Michigan Science DMZ was designed to optimize network performance for research applications by removing obstacles that traditional networks place on data transfer and other functions.