The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) now uses Yipes Communications Inc. for ultra-high-speed access to Internet2, which may facilitate applications such as tsunami and earthquake warnings. Yipes also connects a large server farm hosted at SGS to The National Business Center in the Department of the Interior.
Yipes provides USGS with a 250-Mbit/sec connection from its headquarters in Reston, VA to the Internet2 access point in College Park, MD. Internet2 is a high-speed national backbone open only to qualified research institutions. Using Yipes and Internet2, USGS will be able to share its databases more effectively with other government agencies, such as NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense.
"Putting our global earthquake and tsunami warning systems over Internet2 would improve our ability to handle life-critical data transfers in real time," says Patrick Murphy, Ph.D., senior network architect at USGS in Menlo Park, CA.
USGS also houses a large server farm used by the National Business Center, a for-profit public enterprise that provides outsourced financial, accounting, and payroll services to other government agencies. An additional 150-Mbit/sec Yipes MAN connection installed in March gives the National Business Center access to those servers and to Internet services hosted by USGS.
For more information about Yipes Communications Inc. (San Francisco), visit the company's Web site at www.yipes.com.