The UAB Research Network is a dedicated 10GE optical connection between the Shared HPC Facility and Computer Science HPC Lab and can expand to connect all HPC facilities on campus. The research network allows direct connection to the high-bandwidth regional networks of Ala-RON and NLR. UABgrid will leverage the network for staging grid-based compute jobs. This network allows very high speed secure connectivity between HPC clusters and will allow high speed file transfer of very large data sets, between clusters, without the concerns of interfering with other traffic on the campus backbone. This dedicated connection also guarantees low latency between the clusters.