USC's University Technological Services and Office of Research have provided funding and resources to establish a 10 GigaBit Campus-Wide Research Network to foster collaborations and connectivity to high performance computational resources. This critical, forward-looking investment of more than $2.5 Mln was initiated in 2010 to upgrade connectivity bandwidth for USC's backbone and research buildings to 10 Gbps. The Cyber Infrastructure project lays the foundation necessary for effective tera/peta-scale computing collaborations and is currently nearing completion under the direction of Kyle Heron and Todd McSwain.

USC Columbia Campus Network Infrastructure for Research Units PDF

Dr. Bill Hogue of University Technological Services was the lead investigator of a 2010-2013 EPSCoR South Carolina "Inter- and Intra- Campus Cyber Connectivity" grant from the National Science Foundation and directs a heterogeneous consortium of the state's colleges and universities in building necessary cyber connectivity for meaningful research collaborations. The project's objectives included (1) increase bandwidth and establish distance learning classrooms to more efficiently share knowledge in the fields of tissue biofabrication and cell biology; and (2) broaden the engagement of research centers, community colleges and minority-serving institutions in RII Track-1 and Track-2-supported activities. Institutions include 3 HBCUs (SCSU, Claflin University and Benedict College), a PUI (USC Beaufort (USCB),
and a rural research and education center (Edisto REC).

The funds also provide network 10 Gbps bandwidth for collaboration with XSEDE institutions and national research laboratories.