Networking for Researchers

Data intensive science requires a mix of compute, storage, and networking technologies, and, depending on your algorithm and funding, you may use a mix of on or off campus resources.

High Speed Networking Connections

The default networking connection for a wired connection is 1 Gigabit Ethernet, which should suffice for most networking needs.

However, ITS is committed that our network should never be the bottleneck to your research needs. Contact your ITS Project Manager to discuss options. 

Research Circuit Diagram

Research Network Diagram

Think You May Need Faster Network Connections?

If you believe you need higher speed connections than the options above, please contact our Network Service Owner and the ITS Director of Networks Eric Boyd. Eric will work with our Network Engineers to plan and architect our network in advance if you believe the volume of data you are sending across campus—or around the globe—will test our network capacity.

If you feel your building or lab needs a 40G or 100G connection, this is not currently offered as we are in the midst of building the next generation campus network. If you want to discuss this further, please contact Eric Boyd.

Think There Is An Issue With Your Network Performance?

If you believe the performance of the network is, or will be, impacting your research, contact our Network Service Owner and ITS Director of Networks, Eric Boyd. Regardless of who owns your network, ITS partners with all Units, Unit IT and Michigan Medicine to ensure your networking needs are understood so we can work together to get your needs met.

Recruiting for Advanced Networking Needs?

If you are a current Michigan researcher, Dean, or Academic Leader and have advanced networking needs to support recruitment, contact our Director of Networks, Eric Boyd, or our Director of Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services, Brock Palen. ITS and Unit IT will work together to create an IT environment that works for researchers.