Network Services

A list of the current MAGPI Network Services


AL2S – Advanced Layer 2 Service

Advanced Layer 2 Service (AL2S), delivers a strategic advantage for leaders in research and education (R&E) by providing effective and efficient wide area 100G Ethernet technology. AL2S allows users to create their own VLANs on the Internet2 AL2S backbone. Static or Dynamic, point-to-point or multipoint, intra-domain or inter-domain, AL2S puts control of the backbone VLANs into the users' hands for the creation of purpose-built private circuits using infrastructure already in place.

AL3S – Advanced Layer 3 Service

MAGPI extends Internet2's IP Network to its member institutions to deliver a strategic advantage for leaders in research and education (R&E). We participate in a community based operations system with constant collaborative evaluation and optimization. The Advanced Layer 3 Service offers leading edge network characteristics to meet the constantly evolving needs of high-speed research and collaboration.

TR-CPS – Transit Rail – Commercial Peering Service

MAGPI provides the no-fee option for utilizing Internet2’s TR-CPS service with a bandwidth subscription. This provides strategic connectivity to portions of the public Internet and peering relationships through over 80 select entities. MAGPI members have commercial traffic needs, too, and Internet2's commercial peering service offers a low cost path with higher performance goals than commercial alternatives. TR-CPS provides high performance, low latency, and efficient (1 hop) access to some of the top content destinations in the world including: Google, Yahoo, NetFlix, and other commercial content providers. The service supports IPv4, IPv6 and multicast and allows members to leverage their existing Internet2 Network connection investment to help serve their commercial Internet needs, with substantial savings on commodity Internet charges.

Advanced Routing Core

MAGPI’s upgrade from a Juniper M320 to a 100G capable MX480 in June, 2015 provides our members with the growth path needed for a constantly changing network environment. In addition to its 100G capability, the high speed backplane, VLAN features, and SDN/Openflow capabilities make MAGPI’s routing core state of the art. Details on our progress with the complete upgrade process, including the optical hardware are shown on the project dashboard page. Please use the contact page on this site if you have any questions or comments.

Optical Network

The MAGPI Regional Optical Network (RON) was created in 2008 through a joint venture of the Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, Princeton University, Internet2 and the University of Pennsylvania. The network when it was first installed provided 10G waves for MAGPI members who use the service. This upgrade, when completed later this summer, will provide a multiple 100G waves between each of the node locations in Philadelphia, PA, Princeton, NJ, and 32 Sixth Ave in New York City. MAPGI is one of 41 private, non-profit networks in the United States dedicated to the research and education community and deploying dense wave division multiplexing across its own fiber.

MAGPI procured a 20-year Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) for dark fiber with access points in Philadelphia, Princeton and New York City. There are two distinct dark fiber segments; one between Philadelphia and Princeton, and one between Princeton and and 32 Sixth Ave, (Formally the AT&T Long Lines facility) in New York City. Member participants share the operations and maintenance costs of the dark fiber reducing the total cost of ownership fir each institution. Participants must be MAGPI Members in order to use the dark fiber.

To become a MAGPI member and take advantage of low cost circuits, contact a MAGPI staff person for assistance and more details.


MAGPI provides a range of consulting services designed to assist members and potential members with their data communication needs. Skills and expertise include; infrastructure design for campus, regional, and extended wide area networks, technical grant writing involving big data transmissions, video networks, international collaborator connections, and more.

For more information and to set up an introductory meeting, contact a MAGPI staff member.