Networks and IT Security
Sciences and Exploration Directorate - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

High End Computer Networking (HECN)

The High End Computer Networking (HECN) Team manages the GSFC Science and Engineering Network (SEN) as a non-mission-dedicated high-end computer network at GSFC. The SEN services GSFC projects and users who have computer network performance requirements greater than those baselined for GSFC's general-use campus-wide Center Network Environment (CNE). The HECN team also conducts network R&D and testbed evaluations with advanced network technology. This research contributes to the next generation high-end computer networks at GSFC.

High End Computer Networking Team

High End Computer Networking Projects

The HECN R&D Network is a test bed for the next generation of high-end computer networks at Goddard Space Flight Center.
The Science and Engineering Network (SEN) serves users with performance requirements that exceed the capabilities of the general-purpose Center Network Environment.

Awards and Recent Significant Efforts


NASA and Partners Attempt to Demonstrate 400 Gbps iWARP at SC17 (DRAFT)


NASA and Partners Demonstrate 178 Gigabit Per Second Data transfer at SC16. (DRAFT)


NASA and Partners Demonstrated 40- and 100-Gigabit Network Technologies at SC13


NASA and Partners Demonstrated 40- and 100-Gigabit Network Technologies at SC12


NASA and Partners to Demonstrate 40- and 100-Gigabit Network Technologies at SC11


NASA and Partners Demonstrated 40- and 100-Gigabit Per Second Network Technologies at SC10

NASA and Partners to Demonstrate 40- and 100-Gigabit Network Technologies at SC10

New Throughput Performance Transmissions Achieved Via A Single Workstation With a Single 6x10-Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Card

On September 9, 2010, the National LambdaRail (NLR) posted a press release that features the GSFC High End Computer Network (HECN) Team's end-to-end throughput performance benchmarking over a 4x10 gigabit per second (Gbps) lambda pathway between Chicago and McLean, Virginia, that the NLR enabled for the HECN Team. The HECN Team is using that pathway as part of its High-End Computing 20, 40 & 100 Gbps Network Testbed initiative efforts to assess the throughput performance of wide-area file transfer applications and emerging 40 and 100 Gbps network technologies, and will further use this pathway in support of NCCS' Earth Science Grid Data Node and wide-area file transfer experiments during the SC10 conference to be held in New Orleans, LA, during November 15-18, 2010. A copy of NLR's press release is available here.

17.8-Gbps Disk-to-Disk File Copies Achieved Via Workstations Costing Less Than $9,000

HECN Team Enhances Partnership With Northwestern University's International Center for Advanced Internet Research

GSFC's HECN Team Demonstrates "Live" High-Definition Video-Conferencing With A Roll-About HD VC Station Connected via GSFC's Wireless Guest Network.


Optimizing Wide-Area File Transfer for 10-Gbps and Beyond -- Demos at SC09

Outstanding technical engineering exhibited in developing and maintaining GSFC's multi-10-gigabit-per-second Science and Engineering Network


Outstanding teamwork and technical expertise exhibited during the HEC WAN Transition pre-acceptance checkout, formal acceptance testing, and user transitions activities.


NASA 2006 Group Achievement Award
On June 21, 2006, GSFC's High End Computer Network (HECN) Team was presented a NASA 2006 Honor Award -- Group Achievement at a NASA awards ceremony hosted at the Martin's Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD. Read more