OU connects to OneNet, Abilene
OU recently became one of 50 universities connected to the most advanced research and education network in the nation.
OneNet, Oklahoma's telecommunications and information network, operated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, started its work as a major access node on the Abilene Network.
Abilene operates at 2.4 gigabytes per second, which is 45,000 times faster than a 56K modem. OU and OSU are in the first group of 50 research universities to receive this service, including such universities as Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley and Harvard University.
"This is a monumental day in Oklahoma history," said Chancellor Hans Brisch in a statement. "Thanks to the involvement of OneNet and OU and OSU in the Abilene Network, our state has gained access to a whole new world of resources and opportunities."
T.H. Lee Williams, associate dean of geosciences, said the Abilene Network got started much like the Internet.
"Because of the Internet's success and growth, we need to move on to the next level, which is why 150 universities got together to develop a prototype for the next generation," Williams said. "It will be like the Internet, only a lot faster."
Abilene Network is set up as a research tool for both students and faculty. Williams said students can access it from their residence hall rooms without signing up for it. Students probably won't even know they are using it because a router will automatically find the best route available.
"Using regular e-mail is very fast in Oklahoma already, but if you want to access a large database, it usually takes a long time to pull it across. Abilene will make it a lot faster -- the images will come down almost instantly," Williams said.
Management information systems sophomore Canesia Mims said it will help the university and students a great deal.
"I do a lot of research, and it's frustrating whenever the downloading process is so slow," she said.
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