From its beginnings at the dawn of the Internet era, Princeton’s now-150,000-Mbps network has well served the demands of our growing campus community. Built, safeguarded, and continually enhanced by a dedicated, cross-functional team, that network has also grown markedly, encompassing an order of magnitude bandwidth increase every five years.
As we look toward the horizon, new IT developments, emerging research techniques, and fast-evolving campus needs have inspired an ambitious network redesign. Dubbed the “Next Generation Network,” and outlined in the Campus Master Plan, the initiative complements the recent overhaul of our data centers and ongoing classroom-technology upgrade. Central to Princeton’s plans to grow an increasingly robust innovation ecosystem, the project echoes the motives that drive all of OIT’s work: supporting faculty innovation, delivering world-class education to world-class students, and meeting the technology curve across disciplines.