The  Saclay 2 high performance Research & Education network is a cooperative
effort of research and higher education institutions located in France's largest
science and technology area.

Saclay 2 uses 72 pairs of fibers, each of them supporting lightwaves operating
today at speeds of 2.5 Gbps and 10 Gbps, evolving toward higher speeds such as
40 Gbps in the near future.

Launched by HEC School of Management, Paris,  
(HEC),  affiliated to the Paris
Chamber of Commerce & Industry  (CCIP), Ecole Polytechnique
(X), Université
Paris-Sud (
UPS), research labs from the Ile-de-France South unit of the National
Center for Scientific Research (
CNRS), and  Institut d'Optique Graduate School
(
IO),  Saclay 2 enjoys strong support from the Paris Ile de France Regional
Council
.

The Saclay District Authority (DIPS), which has since changed into a Community of
Towns  (
CAPS),  has voted to support the network, while the Association of
telecommunication users in the Paris-Ile de-France region (
AURIF) brings its
technical expertise
.

In February 2006, the founding members created the Association Réseau Haut
Débit du Plateau de Saclay,
and they have since been joined by the National
Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3) of CNRS
and Ecole Nationale
Supérieures de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA ParisTech).
Saclay 2
High performance Research & Education network