Northern Wave

Northern Wave is a network facility supporting expanded network interconnectivity, interoperability, and collaboration for researchers and research universities in Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Idaho, and Washington. The National Science Foundation ARRA ARI awrd to North Dakota State University and Pacific Northwest Gigapop funded the deployment of the Northern Wave network facility.

Northern Wave is fully operational as of July 1, 2012.

Northern Wave has connection nodes in the following locations:

  • Seattle, WA
  • Missoula, MT
  • Bozeman, MT
  • Billings, MT
  • Fargo, ND
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Madison, WI
  • Chicago, IL

Organizations connected to these facilities can establish direct network paths between each other. By doing so, their network traffic will be on an express path dedicated to research and education use. This express network path brings value to the researchers on a number of fronts: increased efficiency with which the traffic is exchanged; exchanges the traffic faster; costs less than using use-based network services; has flexible bandwidth capabilities up to 10 Gigabits per second.

Northern Wave will have interconnections in Seattle to Pacific Wave and in Chicago to Starlight. Pacific Wave and Starlight are international research and education network peering exchange facilities. Through these interconnects, researchers on the Northern Wave facility will have opportunities to network directly with research organizations around the world.

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