Data Flow Through Bridger

Bridger Data Flow 

Bridger Infrastructure Hardware

FIONA Specifications

Dell T630
Chassis & Motherboard Dell T630 
CPU E5-2620v3 (12 HT Cores)
GPU  Nvidia GTX 980Ti
SSD 2x 960GB, 4x 480GB
HDD 6x 6TB 7.2k 12Gbps SAS
Operating System Linux, 4.0+ kernel, with domain-specific Virtual Machines for custom workloads
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Science DMZ

A Science DMZ is a Department of Energy specification for a dedicated research network to enable high-speed research data transfer without impacting campus infrastructure. MSU implemented a Science DMZ as part of the Hyalite HPC Cluster project. More information about the Science DMZ architecture is available at the ESNet website, here: https://fasterdata.es.net/science-dmz/.

The Bridger Research Network connects to the existing MSU Science DMZ.  Since this network is dedicated to research traffic, it can in some ways be considered an extension of the Science DMZ, though it is a separate logical network with no outside access (unlike the DMZ which by definition mediates research data flow between different network locations, and as such, is accessible to them).  

Building Lab Locations and Connected  Speeds

Building Room Science Driver Research Lead Speeds
AJM Basement


Core Science DMZ

Sheehan  10GbE, 1GbE
Cheever Hall 103a Life on TERRA Aig  1GbE
Chem/Biochem 43 Virology Lab Young  10GbE, 1GbE
CFT5 248 Big Sky Carbon / UIT Bridger Access Spangler / Sheehan  10GbE, 1GbE
Cobleigh Hall 521a Optical Sensor Lab & Acoustical Biome Shaw & Snider  1GbE
Barnard Hall (EPS) 289a  Center for Biofilm Engineering  Stewart   10GbE, 1GbE
Leon Johnson 736 Spatial Science Lab  Young   1GbE
Lewis Hall 15  Optical Sensor Lab & LabDSV  Shaw & Roberts   1GbE


Bridger Network Policy

All researcher-provided devices on the internal Bridger Network must be approved by Research and Cyberinfrastructure and be in compliance with MSU Policy including:

  • Using only supported Operating Systems with patches being tested and applied in a timely manner 
  • Using only supported software applications with vendor supplied patches being tested and applied in a timely manner 
  • Registering all devices with the MSU Server Inventory Application
  • Running McAfee Antivirus

The usage policies of the Bridger Research Network are still being determined based on our engagement with the Science Driver labs.