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Internet2 CEO Dave Lambert is featured this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education's Tech Therapy podcast, a series which explores the latest developments in technology and their impact on higher education. The interview and discussion centers on Lambert's vision for the future of Internet2 and U.S. UCAN, as well as the leadership role the higher education community has played, and continues to play, as pioneers in networking.
We at Internet2 would like to extend our warm wishes to you and yours for a joyful holiday season. Though 2010 held its share of challenges, the work we’ve produced together is already making a difference, and setting the stage for some exciting opportunities to unfold over the coming months and years. We look forward to all that our shared journey will bring in 2011!
Internet2 is donating bandwidth on the Internet2 Network to support GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) subcontractors and the GENI Project Office. Sponsored by the NSF, GENI is a virtual laboratory for exploring future internets at scale, now rapidly taking shape in prototype form across the US. Internet2’s connections will support the emerging meso-scale prototype with direct connections at ten backbone locations. Building on Internet2’s previous network investment in the GENI community, this agreement will provide donated network resources through July 2012.
At the Fall 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting, participants heard Internet2 CEO, H. David Lambert, describe how the forces and opportunities facing today's research and education community are aligning Internet2's vision and mapping its path forward. As members struggle to respond to the impact of globalization and other significant challenges, Lambert explores how we can together unleash the considerable forces of our research and education networking ecosystem to make a difference. Presentation slides and netcast archive now available.
A groundbreaking collaboration between Internet2 and 15 other research and industry partners is enabling the first-ever multi-network, multi-vendor 100GigE wide area network circuit between the StarLight Communications Exchange in Chicago and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, site of the SC10 conference. The demonstration represents a one-of-a-kind collaboration between three optical vendors—Ciena, Cisco and Infinera—and provides one of the most comprehensive 100GigE transport interoperability tests to date. If you're at SC10, stop in at booth #3539.
The Internet2 Security area will be holding several sessions at the upcoming Internet2 Spring Member Meeting, including a Disaster Recovery and Planning BoF. Also featured will be a Security Incident Response for Federated Identity session, as well as a DNSSEC panel discussion featuring panelists with significant experience in overcoming deployment hurdles, along with a representative from EDUCAUSE who will be discussing ramifications of the upcoming signing of the .edu TLD.
The InCommon Cert Service, EduRoam, InCommon Silver, identity proofing of remote students—those are just a few of the InCommon-related sessions at the 2010 Internet2 Fall Member Meeting. For the first time, InCommon will host two forums - one for technical issues and one for policy issues. Three InCommon sessions will available to remote participants via Netcast.
Get ready for some exciting Middleware and Focus on Federation sessions at Internet2 Fall Member Meeting, on topics ranging from The Bleeding Edge of Identity Management to Frontiers of Federation. In addition to the track sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the working group sessions on Monday will give attendees a chance to provide input and/or get involved in several ongoing projects.
The perfSONAR-PS project is pleased to announce the availability of version 3.2 of the pS Performance Toolkit. New features include adoption of the CentOS Linux platform; improved admin GUIs to guide the user through setup and maintenance of the host; updated versions of perfSONAR-PS monitoring software; updated versions of performance software including OWAMP, BWCTL, NDT, NPAD, Cacti, and Iperf; stability and bugfix based improvements; ability to install directly to the hard disk. See the release notes for more information.
At the Fall 2010 Member Meeting (November 1-4) in Atlanta, there are several performance-related sessions of interest: DYNES BoF, HENP SIG, and Network Tools Tutorial on Monday and the R&D Update on Tuesday morning will be of wide interest. Stop by the GLIF Task Force meeting (Monday afternoon) and the CI-related sessions (Tuesday lunch and Wednesday afternoon). All Performance Sessions.
If you're planning to attend SC10 in New Orleans this November, make sure to stop by the Internet2 booth, #3539. This year, Internet2 will be showcasing network services like ION and prototype services like Phoebus, while highlighting Internet2 Network upgrades and planned 100G capabilities needed to support the extreme scale future. Staff from Internet2's Network Services and R&D groups will be available on site to answer your questions and to discuss Internet2 support for research and science. To set up a meeting with a staff member, please contact Elaine Lauerman.
Need training on Shibboleth installation and support? Interested in getting the most out of your InCommon participation? The latest sessions in the Shibboleth Workshop Series, to be held at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, will provide technical installation and configuration experience. The identity provider workshop will be held on November 9; service provider will take place on November 10. Get full details.
Planning to attend the upcoming Winter 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs? Several travel alerts to be aware of: (1) the lodging block closes Monday, November 29! (2) Flying to GSP can be cost-effective if booked early. (3) Several hands-on and in-depth tutorials are planned for Sunday (one full-day, one half-day, and two 90-minute offerings). (4) And, finally, a tour of the BMW factory/track is planned for Saturday, January 29.
A Call for Proposals has been issued for the upcoming Winter 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs, hosted by Clemson University (January 30-February 3). The event will focus on Advanced Infrastructures, Emerging Technologies, and Convergence on campuses; a few talks on performance, security, and IPv6 also will be included. Proposals for
EDUCAUSE, Internet2, National LambdaRail and The Quilt join research and education networking organizations across the U.S. in commending the FCC decision to expand broadband options for schools and libraries under E-rate rules. Under the new rules, announced September 23, 2010, these institutions will now be able to use E-rate funds to acquire network dark fiber as well as lit services from nonprofit R&E networks and local governments as well as designated commercial providers.
The E2Bconnect Virtual Leadership Summit, co-produced by Polycom and Internet2, presents gifted speakers via live interactive videoconferencing to motivate and inspire business and higher education leaders. The Fall Speaker Series continues on Thursday, November 11, 11:00 a.m. Eastern, with acclaimed motivational speaker and organization consultant, Dave Carey, former prisoner of war and author of The Ways We Choose. Be sure to participate in this inspiring event.
InCommon has rolled out the InCommon Cert Service, providing unlimited SSL certificates – and soon unlimited personal certs – for one low annual fee. This service was developed by, and for, the research and higher education community. The program includes certs for all of your domains, including professional societies, athletics sites, and others. If you own the domain, it is included. For details on the InCommon Cert Service, see www.incommon.org/cert. InCommon is an operating unit of Internet2.
The U.S. UCAN BTOP award efforts are moving forward and are now focused on two parallel initiatives in coordination with councils, Board and award partners. Rob Vietzke, Internet2 Executive Director of Network Services, is leading the implementation of the Internet2 network upgrade and NTIA compliance. Gary Bachula, Internet2 VP of External Relations, with staff and collaborators, is reaching out to leaders of organizations that represent K12 schools, libraries, health care IT, emergency management, community colleges, and other anchor community groups with a focus on bring all of the anchor institution representative groups to a common table for discussions on how to build and sustain a U.S. UCAN organization. Documents that detail the Internet2 activities are available to Internet2 members in a new BTOP Award Info Space which includes “members-only” and public content. The space can be accessed using InCommon credentials. Follow the instructions page to create an account and gain access to the members-only content on the site.
Registration is open for Day CAMP: Getting Started With InCommon, to take place November 4–5 in Atlanta, Georgia, immediately following the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting. The program is designed for those considering joining InCommon as well as new participants that need some help getting to the next step. Attendees will discuss the value proposition, learn what it takes to begin accessing federated services, link up with consultants, services and experienced colleagues, and leave with concrete, practical information.
The new InCommon Cert Service provides unlimited SSL and personal certs for one low annual fee, serving the research and higher education community. The InCommon Online Forum, Tuesday, September 14, at 1 p.m. EDT will provide information about this service, drawing on the implementation experience of the University of California Berkeley.