PerfSONAR is a widely-deployed test and measurement infrastructure that is used by science networks and facilities around the world to monitor and ensure network performance.

PerfSONAR is designed to tell you how certain use cases on the network (e.g. bulk data transfer, video and audio streaming) will perform between your site, and those of collaborators, aggregation networks, backbone networks, exchange points, or content providers.

If you don’t know what your network is capable of doing, you may not know when it is underperforming. We work with members to better characterise their networks and measure performance to more effectively root out incipient problems that can impair performance.

There are thousands of perfSONAR instances deployed worldwide, many of which are available for open testing of key measures of network performance. This global infrastructure helps to identify and isolate problems as they happen, making the role of supporting network users easier for engineering teams, and increasing productivity when utilising network resources.

Capabilities and features

  • Scaleable.
  • Exposes underlying behaviour of network.
  • Diagnoses common network problems, isolates them and aides in the correction.
  • Helps provide a deeper understanding of the performance a user can expect to reach others around the world.
  • Translates performance measurements into an expectation for other activities, i.e. data mobility.
  • Ensures friction-free network use for scientific applications.

Who can use this service

PerfSONAR is a tool that is available for REANNZ members. In order to deploy these nodes your organisation must have access to the REANNZ network. Read more about our membership.

Technical info and support

PerfSONAR was developed in the United States. Have a read through our support section for more technical information on how the nodes work. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your organisation's connection and have not received an email from us to advise of a known fault, please contact call our 24/7 service desk on 0508 466 466 or complete the report a fault form.