Internet2 regularly showcases our members' efforts on behalf of advanced research and education networking. We not only encourage Internet2 members to share their achievements with the community, but also the interesting people, events, developments and collaborations that make those achievements possible. If you have suggestions for news, events, projects or people that might be featured, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include a brief description, appropriate links and images and contact information. Thanks for helping us spread the word.
On August 12, the National Science Foundation awarded a three-year $2.65 million grant to the Internet2 Middleware Initiative to develop a toolkit to ease access management of distributed resources for the science and research communities. The toolkit will combine foundational authentication and authorization tools developed by the Internet2 community over the last decade, such as the Shibboleth Federated and Single Sign-on System, Grouper Groups Management Toolkit, and COmanage Collaborative Management Platform.
Internet2 held a successful and well received invitational workshop on "Collaborative Data-Driven Security for High Performance Networks" at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) on August 17 and 18, 2010. This was a follow-on to a similar workshop held in May, 2009. The fundamental challenge addressed was: how can we better work together to share data and make a difference when dealing with operational cyber-security issues? Presentations are available on the workshop website.
Time is running out! September 24, 2010, is the deadline for demo proposals and poster session proposals for the Fall 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting. We hope to feature demos that use the available 10G circuit to showcase how advanced networking is enabling new methods of scientific communication, collaboration and visualization in the research and education community—often through international partnerhips. Applications from all disciplines are welcome!
Registration is now open for the Fall 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting, scheduled for November 1-4, 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia. Internet2 Member Meetings bring the member community together for interactive discussions about new and ongoing work and provide a venue for members to make connections and form new collaborations.
Grouper version 1.6.0 is now available for download. The Grouper Groups Management Toolkit enables project managers, departments, institutions, and end-users to create and manage institutional and personal groups. The new version features web services enhancements, a new provisioning connector, ESB integration, and integration with Kuali Rice. Read about how University of Pennsylvania plans to use the integration in this new version of Grouper to leverage Kuali Rice workflow capabilities.
Internet2 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have announced a partnership to deploy a highly reliable, high-capacity network to significantly enhance the capabilities of NOAA researchers and their connections with key high-performance computing sites across the nation. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new "NWave" network will be built on a set of 10 Gbps dedicated waves on the national Internet2 Network and support 80 terabytes of climate research data per day.
Internet2 announced on July 7 the appointment of H. David (Dave) Lambert as president and CEO. Lambert brings over 30 years of distinguished experience in the advanced research and education networking and information technology fields. Lambert replaced Douglas Van Houweling as Internet2's president and CEO effective July 13, 2010. Lambert previously served as VP for Information Services and CIO at Georgetown University where he successfully moved the university forward in the strategic application of information technology across a wide range of programs and services.
The NTIA has awarded $62.5+ million in stimulus funding to Internet2, NLR, Indiana University, the Northern Tier Network Consortium. Together with their vendor partners Ciena, Cisco, Infinera and Juniper Networks, the collaborators propose the construction of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN), an advanced network that will link regional networks across the nation, including other projects funded through ARRA. U.S. UCAN’s advanced infrastructure will—in partnership with regional and state research and education networks—connect America's community anchor institutions. For more info, www.usucan.org.
The first perfSONAR Workshop, co-sponsored by NSF and DoE, will be held in Arlington, VA on July 8-9, 2010. This 1.5-day workshop will bring together researchers, applications developers, network operators, network managers, and others with an interest in network research and network performance monitoring and measurement. The goal of the workshop is to use perfSONAR as a focus to cross-fertilize ideas from the network research community and the needs of the research and education networks around the world, fostering wide-spread deployment, and documenting best practices.
On June 21, IEEE, the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology, announced the ratification of IEEE 802.3ba, a new standard governing 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet operations. IEEE 802.3ba is expected to trigger further expansion of the 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet family of technologies by driving new development efforts, as well as providing new aggregation speeds that will enable 10 Gbps Ethernet network deployments.
Suppliers and consumers of identity services are gathering at Advance CAMP: The Second Identity Services Summit, June 23-25 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Building on last year's Identity Services Summit, participants will discuss specific steps in moving towards de facto identity standardization, particularly with open source software, services and frameworks. Advance CAMP is sponsored by InCommon, in partnership with Internet2, Jasig, Kuali, and the Internet Society.
InCommon and Internet2 are going CAMPing the week of June 21. CAMP (Campus Architecture and Middleware Planning) focuses this year on Exploring and Supporting Federated Identity Management. More than 150 CAMPers will meet in Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn more about InCommon and to share the latest developments in federated IdM. CAMP is sponsored by InCommon in partnership with Internet2 and EDUCAUSE.
The Shibboleth Workshop Series will kick off at Northwestern University July 28 and 29. Attendees will leave with the installation and configuration experience to deploy the Shibboleth web single sign-on system and leverage it to access resources and contracted services through the InCommon Federation. These are two separate workshops, with the identity provider session on July 28, and the service provider session on July 29.
The Call for Proposals for the Fall 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting is now open! The Internet2 community will be treated to a dose of southern hospitality when the annual fall meeting heads down to Atlanta from November 1-4, 2010. This meeting is hosted by Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and FLR/SoX. Submissions are due by July 30, and full details—including the submission form—are available online.
InCommon has announced the launch of a new trust service that will offer unlimited server and personal certificates to U.S. colleges and universities. The project is in beta testing right now, with the plan to roll out unlimited server certs by the end of the summer, then roll out personal certs. To stay apprised of the progress, subscribe to the announce-only email list email@example.com. Go to www.incommon.org/cert for more information.
As teams from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) respond to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) is providing NOAA teams with access to high-speed networking connections. Without LONI's connection to the national Internet2 Network, NOAA would have had to rely on the low-bandwidth connections available in public places to send large data files and coastal aerial imagery to coordinate response efforts between federal and on-site teams.
There is still time to register for the Summer 2010 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs! Hosted by OARnet on July 11–15, focus areas for this summer’s edition will feature talks on Campus Networking, Performance Measurement and Monitoring, and Emerging Technologies (Cloud Computing, Network Testbeds, and more!), in-depth tutorials, side meetings, and co-located hands-on workshops. The full meeting agenda is now available online.
Chris Hancok, CEO at AARNet, Australia's Research and Education Network, recently provided a briefing [video | pdf] on Australia’s National Broadband Initiative. The initiative seeks to upgrade Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure in order to deliver high speed broadband fiber to 90% of Australian household, and AARNet is playing a key role, both in leading the development and serving as a test bed for this network. Hancock shared AARNet's experiences– a valuable perspective for our community as we look to undertake similar initiatives in the U.S.
Internet2's Spring Member Meeting transported attendees 4,850 feet underground to explore America's newest networking frontier. The live HD videoconference showcased how the former Homestake gold mine in South Dakota is being transformed into a high-tech national Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds also joined via videoconference from his office in Pierre, SD. Watch the webcast archive of the event
Congratulations to the four winners of the 2010 Internet2 IDEA Awards: EchoDamp, a multi-channel audio mixer and echo controller for videoconference-based musical and other collaboration; the Research and Education Data Depot network (REDDnet) Data Logistics Toolkit and model for storage facilities supporting data-intensive collaboration; Worldview, a real-time 3-D network monitoring and visualization system; and Shibboleth, a federated Web-based single sign-on software that manages authorized access to protected online resources.