MaineREN is a facilities-based Regional Optical Network (RON) servicing Maine’s Research & Education community.
MaineREN was created by the University of Maine System to deliver the cyberinfrastructure necessary to participate in, and be considered for, high-technology research. As the National Science Foundation has made the ability to demonstrate appropriate levels of Cyberinfrastructure a requirment for funding, it is crucial in Maine’s ability to attract and retain this high-technology research that our institutions have access to the national and international R&E community though a facilities-based RON.
This effort is similar to other regional networks throughout the United States.
Below is a map of the MaineREN network and primary institutions serviced.
Here is a listing of some of the institutions that are connected through MaineREN.
* Denotes third-party connection in path to MaineREN
MaineREN is linked to the rest of Internet2® through Albany, NY and the Northern Crossroads GigaPOP in Cambridge, MA. with a current operational capacity of 20 Gbps dedicated to R&E connectivity.
Networkmaine maintains a perfSONAR network performance testing server for MaineREN.
This performance testing server includes:
Network Diagnostic Tool
a Java-based bandwidth test that can detect local connection problems
Network Path and Application Diagnosis
a Java-based utility to test the path between you and MaineREN for throughput, latency, MTU, and TCP options for high performance applications. All tests are logged and publicly available here.