ERN Projects

As the ERN has evolved, it has executed a series of collaborative projects.  We started with proofs of concept that tested our ability to work together, then graduated to more ambitious and longer-lived efforts.


With support from the National Science Foundation, ERN is hosting a series of six virtual workshops, with the goal of building new (and sustaining existing) regional partnerships and collaborations in support of the ERN vision and mission. The workshops will also gather information in preparation for a 2021 NSF Mid-Scale RI-1 implementation proposal.

Resource Sharing Proof of Concept

The ERN Resource Sharing Proof of Concept implemented a user-friendly method for launching high performance computing jobs on different clusters at multiple campuses.  The prototype implementation enabled launching jobs across federated clusters at 9 cooperating campuses plus the Google Cloud Platform. It is now being put into production use for a cooperative effort between Rutgers and Penn State.


ERN Members are collaborating on two programs that aim to improve access to research computing resources for small and mid-sized institutions by building a regional pool of Research Computing Facilitators that can be shared across institutional boundaries.  Research Computing Facilitators combine their knowledge of computing and domain science to help researchers and educators make efficient use of available research computing resources.  

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perfSONAR Mesh

The ERN perfSONAR mesh is a tool for identifying and diagnosing network throughput and delay issues between research research and educational institutions in the Northeast. The mesh currently includes more than 25 perfSONAR nodes spanning nine states