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.
Be sure to catch the Internet2 Update at EDUCAUSE 2009 on Wednesday, 4 November. The Update will provide an update on the Internet2 community involvement in the Rural Health Care Pilot Project, the ARRA stimulus activity, and support of international programs, as well as how the community is developing, deploying, and using various technologies to enable research, education, and collaboration. In addition, the EDUCAUSE 2009 conference features numerous sessions on identity and access management and InCommon.
The annual Winter Joint Techs will be held from 31 January to 4 February in Salt Lake City, Utah, hosted by the University of Utah. The meeting's focus areas are Performance Measurement & Monitoring, Support for Big Science/Computing, and Campus Networking. Registration is live and a general schedule of events has been posted from the event home page along with detailed descriptions of the focus areas and a link to the online proposal submission page.
Thank you to all who attended the Fall 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Be sure to fill out the meeting evaluation for an opportunity to win either a $200 Best Buy Gift Card, or a $200 Amazon Gift Card. Winners will be selected on 6 November. If you presented at any session during meeting, please send your slides for posting to the event website to: email@example.com. Finally, if you were unable to attend, please visit the Netcast Archive to see some of the outstanding program.
Internet2 is pleased to announce our newest international partnership with the Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN). NREN was established as a knowledge center to support advanced research and education in Nepal. The network covers challenging terrain and extreme temperatures, and is already assisting in research such as the monitoring of glacial lakes and altitude sickness. We look forward to future collaborations between our organizations!
Internet2 Congratulates New NLR CEO
Internet2 would like to congratulate Glenn Ricart on his recent appointment as the new CEO of National LambdaRail. Glenn's long history in pioneering the development and advancement of higher education Internet networking make him an excellent choice for this important position. Internet2 looks forward to working with Glenn and National LambdaRail and is excited by the potential for collaboration.
The theme for the Fall 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting is: “Collaborations and Resource Sharing in Research and Education: How the economic crisis is fueling the expansion of networking technology, fostering global communities, and driving social change.” Internet2 welcomes General Session speakers Gary Forsee, President of the University of Missouri System and former chairman and CEO of Sprint Nextel, and Gwen Jacobs, Professor and Assistant CIO at Montana State University and Board chair for the iPlant Collaborative.
The new late-breaking topics track at the Fall Member Meeting will include one “Lightning Round” session where presenters provide short talks on timely topics. Submissions for these talks will be accepted through Wednesday; please submit topics and speakers to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Each submission will be reviewed by the Program Committee, and submitters will be notified within 24 hours if their topic has been accepted. Each slide-free Lightning Round topic will last 5 minutes; handouts are permitted.
The pS-Performance Toolkit, now available as a live CD download, can be used to turn any Intel-based computer into an active network performance node. Researchers and network engineers can both monitor and debug their own networks, and access information from external networks. For more information, come to the pS-Performance Toolkit session at the Fall Member Meeting on Wednesday, 10:30 am CDT in Maverick A.
Discover the rich selection of identity-related sessions at the upcoming Internet2 Fall Member Meeting. The Middleware Track topics range from campus experiences with vendor solutions to identity in the cloud. Learn about work with NSF and NIH and new developments with InCommon. And don’t miss the Middleware working group discussions on Monday.
The Chinese-American Networking Symposium is celebrating its 10th anniversary and we would like you to celebrate with us. Whether you have participated in past events, have a campus in China, or are just interested in learning more about the state of research & education networking in China, CANS 2009 is the place to be!
Internet2, in partnership with CSTNet, our host, CERNET, and CAST-USA, is pleased to announce this year’s Chinese-American Networking Symposium to be held 3-5 December in Beijing, China. Networking experts from both China and the United States will gather at CANS to discuss new ideas and advancements in networking technologies. In keeping with our focus on working together to promote interoperability, the 2009 Symposium theme is A Decade of Collaboration: Looking back, looking forward.
A network test project involving Internet2, MCNC, DANTE and corporate member Xena Networks showcases how a team of network test engineers successfully tested and characterized various combinations of network equipment used to terminate transatlantic OC-192 circuits with 10GbE interfaces at a reasonable cost. MCNC has published a report detailing this community collaboration and providing benchmarks for future testing.
At the recent Joint Techs, more than 1/3 of the attendees participated in the IPv6 Challenge demo by accessing a v6-only website. The Challenge draws attention to the difficulties faced by those who which to convert to IPv6 in that few commercial sites are v6-enabled, making web-browsing and mail reading impossible. Other meeting highlights include a series of NOC Tours, extended tutorials on network-related topics, and a demonstration of a new network-usage visualization method being piloted by the GlobalNOC.
The perfSONAR-PS development team has released an enhanced version of the pS-Performance Toolkit. The pS-Performance Toolkit is available as a live CD download, which can be burned to disc and used to turn any Intel-based computer into an active network performance node. The latest release bundles the suite of recommended network performance tools in an easier-to-use package with new functionality. With these tools, researchers and network engineers can not only monitor and debug their own networks, but access information from external networks.
As part of the Summer 2009 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs, the Internet2 IPv6 Working Group is running an IPv6-only Hour to challenge attendees. This summer’s Challenge, sponsored by HP/Matrix, highlights the need for public awareness of the coming crisis in routing and networking: IPv4 addresses are running out and U.S. industry and higher education are not prepared to switch to the new Internet Protocol. The IPv4-blackout on July 21 is the third such demonstration at ESCC/Internet Joint Techs events. More information.
Three in-depth tutorials are scheduled on July 19 as part of the Summer 2009 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs. Sunday Afternoon Tutorials, a tradition at Joint Techs, allow experts in the community to share their knowledge with their peers in an informal atmosphere. This year's tutorials are: a) the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) – given by John Graham of the Indiana University GRNOC; b) Performance Tutorial – given by Rich Carlson of Internet2 as a hands-on “mini-NPW”; and c) The State of Edge Virtual Networking – given by Paul Congdon, CTO of HP-ProCurve. Learn more or pre-register.
As part of the Summer 2009 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs, the Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC) is providing an opportunity for small groups of registrants to tour the facility. The 30-minute tours will highlight the networks (campus, state, regional, national and international) managed by the GRNOC, as well as the integration of software and monitoring tools into NOC operations, and the “customer services aspects” of NOC operations. Tours will provide ample opportunity to ask questions. Registration can be made in advance – especially important for those with limited availability – and at the registration desk.
The U.S. Departments of Commerce and Agriculture have released their Notice of Funding Availability under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and Rural Ultilities Services (RUS) programs. Both have received multibillion dollar investments as part of the ARRA to support the expansion of broadband services to underserved areas, improved broadband access by public safety agencies, and upgrades to public computing centers to support economic development.
The Summer 2009 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs is hosted by Indiana University in Indianapolis from July 19-23. The agenda features talks on Security, Campus Networking, and RONs-to-Campus Issues in addition to the usual BoFs, Working Group meetings, In-depth Tutorials, Industry Updates, and Side Meetings. An added feature of this event is the opportunity for registrants to go on a small-group tour of the Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC) Register NOW; fees increase on July 4!
Randy Frank, formerly the Vice President for R&D and Chief Architect, Fidelity Investments Center for Applied Technology, has been named Internet2's new CTO. In his new role, Randy will help set and manage the overall direction of advanced technology plans for Internet2 including the early identification and development of emerging technology directions in areas like high-performance networking, end-to-end performance, security, middleware, and applications. More info.
As the R&E community expands use of advanced applications to enable breakthroughs in scientific discovery, Internet2 is exploring 100 Gigabit technology to support this growth in network use and to facilitate decisions for its nationwide network. Internet2 has released a RFI to identify potential partners to deploy optical transport and Ethernet switch/router capabilities at the leading edge of 100Gbps product availability. It will help Internet2 analyze product roadmaps and identify partners who could deploy end-to-end solutions in 2010. More information.