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Super-Fast Data Transfer PoP to be Located at JHU MCC

Imagine driving down the highway at 1 mph. Slow and agonizing. What if you could zoom down that highway at 1,200 mph instead?

That wouldn’t be safe, of course, but the concept illustrates the significant difference between transferring data at a standard Internet connection speed and transferring data at the speed of a new, high-performance point of presence located at Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus.

A newly minted partnership between Mid-Atlantic Crossroads, or MAX, and Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus will enable researchers to transfer data at super-high speeds. A point of presence, or PoP, is being located in the campus’s Academic and Research building.

“Mid-Atlantic Crossroads  is excited to establish the GigaPoP at JHU MCC to meet the ever-expanding needs of the research community,” said Tripti Sinha, executive director of MAX.  “The PoP’s location in the epicenter of Maryland’s biotechnology and life sciences business corridor will allow the MAX to fulfill its mission of providing cutting-edge, high-performance networking services to facilitate critical research and innovation.”

The PoP will provide high-speed, high-capacity data transfer in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center area and a connection to Internet 2.

“The ability to move large amounts of data quickly and efficiently is a great benefit for the researchers on our campus,” said Elaine Amir, campus executive director. “Computer science is an ever-evolving field. We are committed to staying up to date with the latest technology and offering our scientific, research and education community the very best in high-speed data transfer services.”

MAX already collaborates with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions thanks to financing provided by a National Science Foundation grant.

MAX, which is led by the University of Maryland, recently located a PoP at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research in Rockville.