Science DMZ: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight


Science DMZ provides a network-architecture approach optimized for high-performance scientific applications and the transfer of large research data sets over high-speed wide area networks. It supports big data movement by improving security, cost-effectiveness, and the nimble handling of large (mostly) scientific data sets. Science DMZ  works by “carving out a small part of the campus network”  to provide friction-free, high-performance networking in an environment separate from the business or enterprise systems that constitute the great majority of the campus local area network (LAN). This separate environment provides a relatively small space optimized for the wide area data-movement needs of systems whose effectiveness depends on high-speed flows of big data. It also gives researchers greater networking capacity to work with colleagues at other campuses, institutions, or national labs.

This bulletin is one of a series of papers from ECAR working groups designed to help institutional leaders learn about and understand the implications of emerging technologies in higher education. These technologies have been identified as the “Top 10 Confusing Technologies” in the ECAR report Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2015. Other papers and related resources are available at the research hub for Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2015.

CITATION FOR THIS WORK: Almes, Guy T., and Karen Wetzel. Science DMZ: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight. Research bulletin. Louisville, CO: ECAR, November 11, 2015. Available from


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