The Pacific Research Platform

The PRP is a partnership of more than 50 institutions, led by researchers at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley and includes the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and multiple research universities in the US and around the world. The PRP builds on the optical backbone of Pacific Wave, a joint project of CENIC and the Pacific Northwest GigaPOP (PNWGP) to create a seamless research platform that encourages collaboration on a broad range of data-intensive fields and projects.

The Pacific Research Platform (PRP) aims to achieve transparent and rapid data access among collaborating scientists at multiple institutions through an integrated implementation of data-focused networking that extends the university campus Science DMZ model to a regional, national, and, eventually, a global scale. PRP researchers are routinely achieving high-performance end-to-end networking from their labs to their collaborators’ labs and data centers, traversing multiple, heterogeneous Science DMZs and wide-area networks connecting multiple campus gateways, enabling researchers across the partnership to transfer data over dedicated optical lightpaths at speeds from 10Gb/s to 100Gb/s.

About the Pacific Research Platform

The leadership team includes faculty from two of the multi-campus Governor Gray Davis Institutes of Science and Innovation created by the State of California in 2000: Calit2, and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), led by UC Berkeley. “The Pacific Research Platform is an ideal vehicle for collaboration between CITRIS and Calit2 given the growing importance of universities working together for the benefit of society,” said CITRIS Deputy Director Camille Crittenden, co-PI on the PRP award. “The project also received strong support from members of the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, which includes chief information officers from the 10 UC campuses, five medical schools, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Office of the President.” Crittenden will manage the science engagement team and the enabling relationships with CIOs on participating campuses and labs.

Leadership Team

Larry Smarr, Director, Calit2
Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS
Philip Papadopoulos, Program Director, UC Computing Systems
Thomas DeFanti, Research Scientist, Calit2
Frank Würthwein, Physicist, UC San Diego; Program Director, SDSC