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Goddard GigaPoP

Goddard GigaPoP

What is the Goddard GigaPoP?

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Goddard GigaPoP in Worcester is one of only two major Internet2 access nodes in New England. The Robert H. Goddard GigaPoP offers Internet2 connectivity as well as regular Commodity Internet access to eligible participants in New England. By utilizing the higher-speed interconnections that the GigaPoP and Internet2 offer, participants can benefit from reduced usage of their higher-cost Commodity Internet links as well as improved internetworking with other participants of the Goddard GigaPoP and other Research and Education Networks (RENs) both regionally and worldwide. Participants may also gain access to advanced networking technologies such as IP Multicast and IPv6 which are not typically available via commercial ISPs.

Where is the Goddard GigaPoP?

The Worcester site is located in Lightower's Worcester Exchange Facility in downtown Worcester. The site links via Gigabit Ethernet over NEREN (Northeast Research and Education Network) to the Northern Crossroads (NoX) at Gigabit Ethernet (1 Gbit/s), which in turn has a connection to the Internet2 IP Network, other regional participants, and commercial ISPs. Being in the Exchange Facility, it co-locates with a host of voice and data network carriers which offer attractive ancillary connection options and benefits to Internet2 participants. Participants may choose to share their connection to the GigaPoP with their commodity Internet connection using one of these carriers or via direct fiber Gigabit Ethernet connections. Other connection options may be available as well.

Who can join?

Internet2 is a project operated by UCAID, the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development. Universities and colleges can become regular members of the Internet2, while Corporations that contribute to Internet2 can become corporate members, sponsors or partners, depending upon their level of commitment to the project. Institutions such as community colleges, libraries, museums and K-12 groups may join as sponsored participants.

For information about connecting, please contact Allan E. Johannesen at or 508-831-5434.

Why did WPI select the name Goddard GigaPoP?

Robert H. Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, was a Worcester native and a member of the class of 1908 at WPI. His relationship to Worcester and WPI and his leadership in technology led us to his name for this hub in the Internet2 advanced networking experiment. For more information about Dr. Goddard, visit the WPI Archives Web site.

Foundations of the Goddard GigaPoP

The Goddard GigaPoP was made possible by supporting grant 9975857 from the National Science Foundation, and partnership with NEESCom, a dark fiber provider in Massachusetts. WPI has since become the sole owner of the GigaPoP.

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