Science & Network Requirements Review

Determining Requirements

Research & Education (R&E) networks perform an essential service by providing connectivity and services for a variety of user communities.  A necessary step in supporting the mission of scientific research is to determine usage requirements from end user activities.  ESnet conducts regular reviews of network requirements ( to determine the current and future science communication and collaboration needs for numerous communities. The purpose of these reviews is to accurately characterize the near-term, medium-term and long-term network requirements of the science being performed.  This approach brings about a network-centric understanding of the science process used by the researchers and scientists, without asking technical questions directly, and derives network requirements from that understanding.

ESnet has distilled the lessons from this multi-year process into a series of lessons.  These materials have been successfully used by Universities, Regional Networks, National Laboratories, and at community events, to gain a better understanding of a scientific process and institute realistic changes to improve the end-user experience.  

Material Goals

The presented materials are a part of a highly interactive workshop, which outlines a process that can be adopted by members of the R&E networking community (regional and state networks, campuses) to advance the mission of science engagement and fully realize the investments made in networking and personnel by agencies such as the Department of Energy Office of Science and the National Science Foundation.


The topics of this event focus on the intersection of research and technology, specifically use of high speed networks. Specifically:

  • The purpose of science engagement
  • Overview of an outline for a case study approach to gather scientific requirements (documentation, meeting preparation)
  • A live example of how to conduct an in-person review to characterize needs with a visiting scientific group


Regular participants in cyberinfrastructure engineering community are encouraged to adopt a similar strategy that can be used to encourage growth of scientific understanding and support.


The materials for these events consist of a series of presentations, and template documents to be filled out by the research and technology representatives.

Lecture Presentations


Previous Events

These materials have been successfully used at a number of community events.  

2016 Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC) Symposium

2016 Technology Exchange

2017 Quilt Winter Member Meeting