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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 21:06
The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX) is a regional network aggregation point, also called a GigaPoP, providing high speed commodity and research network access to sites in Western and Central Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The GigaPoP is based at Carnegie Mellon University and is operated and managed by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. While the primary focus of 3ROX is to provide cost effective, high capacity, state-of-the-art network connectivity to the university community, this infrastructure also provides well defined network services to both community (K12, government) and commercial entities in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. University member sites currently include: Carnegie Mellon University, the Pennsylvania State University, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University and West Virginia Network (WVNET).


PSC's 3ROX Upgrades Bandwidth and Connectivity in West Virginia


PITTSBURGH, June 5, 2012 — The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX), the high-performance Internet hub operated and managed by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has significantly upgraded the link between PSC and West Virginia University (WVU). At the same time,WVNET (West Virginia Network), a network organization that serves schools, government and non-profits in West Virginia, has joined 3ROX, which gives West Virginia clients of WVNET a significant bandwidth upgrade as well as access to expanded research and education resources.


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 June 2012 14:04

3ROX Upgrade Improves Network Reliability

The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX) high-speed academic network has improved its reliability by upgrading its connection to Cogent. The connection with the commodity network provider has increased from 1 to 2 Gigabits per second (Gbs).

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 19:14

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Provides Direct Link from Galaxy to the XSEDE Backbone

PITTSBURGH, 29 May 2012—Mountains of genomics data that had to work their way through a bottleneck of network connections now have a direct, high-speed link to the world’s most powerful data-processing resources — thanks to network engineering at the Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX).

3ROX, a high-performance Internet hub operated and managed by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has put into place a high-bandwidth link from Galaxy, a data-intensive bioinformatics program at Penn State, to the network backbone of the National Science Foundation’s XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) program. This link opens the high-performance computing (HPC) resources of XSEDE to a research community that has not traditionally been a big user of HPC but, with emerging genomics technologies, will benefit greatly from using it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 19:29
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