Pacific Northwest Gigapop

Network Services

Advanced Networks for Research & Education


The Core service allows an organization or network to become a member of the Pacific Northwest Gigapop wide area-network (WAN), which is comprised of all PNWGP participants. As a member of this regional wide-area network, traffic between your organization and any of the other PNWGP participants (including Pacific Wave participants) passes over PNWGP's high-speed and low-latency backbone rather than over a paid commodity connection. By keeping this critical traffic local within the region there will be a savings in time (the packets get to their destination more quickly) and money (fewer packets crossing paid commodity ISP connections).

Pacific Wave

Enabling National R&E Networks and U.S. federal agencies to engage in best-in-class research, the Pacific Wave International Peering Exchange is a joint project of the Pacific Northwest Gigapop and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).

Pacific Wave's wide-area advanced networking facility is designed to provide research and education networks throughout the Pacific Rim and the world with access to separate but interrelated state-of-the-art peering exchange, Science DMZ, Software Defined Exchange (SDX), and Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities.

Pacific Wave

Commercial Internet

The Commercial Internet services delivered by the Pacific Northwest Gigapop are designed to offer exceptional availability and performance to complement the high speed research and education network connectivity.

Supporting each commercial internet connection delivered by PNWGP to our participants are multiple tier-one, international internet carriers, peering capacity, and interconnects at points around the Pacific Northwest and the U.S., all leveraging PNWGP's ongoing load-balancing, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.


Internet2 is a high-performance, next-generation, testbed and research network created, managed, and operated by Internet2. Entities qualified by Internet2 may connect to the network through Pacific Northwest Gigapop or other regional connectors. Participants connecting to Internet2 with PNWGP benefit from our multiple physically diverse 100 Gbps interconnections to the backbone.


To learn more about any of our services, or inquire about colocation for participants, please contact us.