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Science DMZ

What is a DMZ? 

In the cyberinfrastructure context, a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a portion of the network designed to optimize high-performance for research applications. The Science DMZ enables researchers to disseminate terabytes or even petabytes of specialized data more easily and at speeds of 10 to 100 gigabits per second to other institutions and cloud providers. This ability to share data immeasurably increases its value, as the insights extrapolated from it by additional researchers have the potential to change society in significant and meaningful ways. 

What is the Science DMZ? 

A Science DMZ enables cyber-enabled big-data scientific research to be shared globally with ease. The Science DMZ at MSU will offer increased network speeds and reliability, broadly enhancing MSU’s research and education cyberinfrastructure. All campus network users will benefit from the high-speed network connections that will be used for sharing data already stored at MSU’s High Performance Computing System and on the NSF-funded OSIRIS storage infrastructure. 

The creation of a Science DMZ at MSU helps eliminate obstacles for better access to valuable data. By sharing resources and working together, researchers are better positioned to collaboratively find solutions to our biggest problems. This project also lays the foundation for a new relationship between MSU IT and the Office of Research and Innovation, strengthening collaboration and strategic planning as MSU develops cyberinfrastructure capabilities to enhance scientific research support.  

More general information on the Science DMZ at Michigan State University can be found at tech.msu.edu. 

How do I use the Science DMZ at MSU? 

Globus is the recommended method to transfer big data files using MSU’s Science DMZ. For a general overview of Globus and information on setting up a Globus account, see Transferring data with Globus For walk-through training on using Globus, please self-enroll in ICER's DMZ Globus Training D2L course.