The Northern Crossroads (NoX)
is an informal affiliation of over two dozen institutions
with a common interest in facilitating advanced networking in
New England. Participants
include institutions of higher education and partner organizations
that support research, education, and economic development. The
goals of the NoX are to:
NoX participants meet regularly at Boston University to consider
issues at hand and to hear from and talk with advanced network
advocates, manufacturers, and service providers about their efforts,
products, and services, as well as their commitment to advanced
networking initiatives such as Internet2.
In October 1999, the NoX established a robust service platform
to support the goals of its participants under a colocation arrangement
with Qwest at their point-of-presence (PoP) in Boston at 230 Congress
Street. Over the years, the NoX has expanded to 300 Bent Street
in Cambridge under a colocation arrangement with Level 3 and to
1 Summer Street in Boston. These service points are interconnected
by a vast array of optical fiber, offering virtually unlimited
bandwidth to serve the growing needs of our community. The primary
purpose of these facilities is to share the cost of a connection
to the Internet2 network and to establish a high-performance
regional exchange for participants & commodity Internet service
The NoX distributed exchange consists of an array of high-performance
routers and switches interconnected to each other, to subscribers,
and to regional and national network service providers. When subscribers
connect to this exchange, local traffic remains within the exchange,
improving performance and reducing demand on more congested and
costly backbone neworks.
NoX-AP participants connect to the AP in various ways, including
dark fiber and metro and regional managed services. Through our
ongoing partnership with NEREN,
the NoX fosters the design, development, and distribution of regional
optical networking throughout New England.
In 2000, the NoX joined forces with other R&E
regional network service providers to form The
Quilt, a forum where leaders throughout the
regional networking community build on the intellectual capital
and best practices of network service providers worldwide.
If you have an interest in the activities of the NoX
or you wish to contact your institutional representative, please
Information Services & Technology
A consortium led by over 200 US research institutions and their
partners to develop and deploy advanced network applications and
A dynamic forum where leaders from throughout the regional networking
community build on the intellectual capital and best practices of
network service providers worldwide.
The NorthEast Research and Education Network fosters the development
of a regional optical network in New England.
The Northern Crossroads facilitates advanced networking and collaboration
among research institutions in New England.