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 email@example.com and include a brief description, appropriate links and images and contact information. Thanks for helping us spread the word.
The Strategic Planning and Execution Committee has developed a document that outlines a lightweight framework for implementing the Strategic Plan. The implementation process is consistent with the interplay between Internet2 staff and governance used throughout the strategic planning process, and incorporates efforts of numerous groups already at work in the related communities. Please review this document in advance of the Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting, where there will be numerous opportunities for discussion.
September 10 marked the first-ever success in circulating a beam of subtomic particles around the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. When LHC experiments begin in October 2008, terabytes of data will flow over networks such as Internet2 to thousands of researchers around the globe, including over 1700 in the United States.
Ray Ford is a professor of Computer Science and the chief information & technology officer at The University of Montana. He serves as chair of the Internet2 Applications, Middleware, and Services Advisory Council, co-chair of the Strategic Planning Execution Committee, and on the Internet2 Board of Trustees. Previously he served on Internet2’s Network Policy & Planning Advisory Council and Campus Expectations Task Force, and is the past chair of the Northern Tier Networking Consortium.
Internet2 has partnered with the 100x100 Clean Slate Project to provide dedicated nationwide network facilities that will enable researchers to re-examine the basic building blocks of the Internet. Utilizing this national testbed network designed by Rice University and Stanford University, project researchers will work to develop new networking technologies that aim to address the Internet's current challenges including scalability, security, and access.
Does your institution have a campus in China? Are you interested in learning more about the state of research & education networking in China? Then the 2008 Chinese-American Networking Symposium is the place to be!
Internet2, in partnership with CAST-USA, CERNET, CSTNet, and host site Indiana University, is pleased to announce this year’s Chinese-American Networking Symposium will be held 20-22 October 2008 in Indianapolis, IN. 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 the 2008 Olympic Games being hosted in Beijing, this year's CANS theme of One World One Network focuses on working together to promote interoperability along with seamless networking and collaboration. Click here to register for CANS 2008.
perfSONAR is an infrastructure for network performance monitoring involving an international consortium of organizations. Deployment of the perfSONAR architecture/tools is worldwide, including but not limited to ESnet, GEANT2, Internet2 and RNP.
Internet2 is pleased to be a participant in APAN 26: Sustainable Networking held in Queenstown, New Zealand 4-8 August, 2008. This event will feature a half-day workshop designed to showcase the purpose, benefits, and required resources of the perfSONAR framework when used for measuremet and monitoring across R&E networks. The global impact of performance problems and the methodology that leads to faster solutions will be demonstrated using presentations and real-life examples of monitoring on the networks of current perfSONAR participants. In keeping with the theme of the conference, the collaborative nature of perfSONAR will be highlighted, with special focus placed on the reduced time and resources required to solve cross-domain performance issues and how this advantage directly translates into environmental and operational sustainability.
George Loftus is the executive director of OSHEAN, Inc., which serves Rhode Island's institutions of higher education and members in the health care and K-12 communities. He is also the chairman and president of the Northeast Research & Education Network. George serves as vice-chair of the Internet2 Architecture & Operations Advisory Council, is a member of the Strategic Planning Execution Committee, serves on EDUCAUSE’s Network Policy Council, and was the past chair of The Quilt.
Register now for the Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting is now open! The meeting will take place 13-16 October in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Sheraton New Orleans. Please plan on joining your colleagues in the advanced networking community to discuss research, collaborations, and initiatives in New Orleans this October.
At its July 8 meeting, the Internet2 Board voted to adopt the Strategic Plan. Now that the plan has been formally approved, the Internet2 Strategic Planning and Execution Committee (SPEC) looks forward to working with members, partners, staff and management to move Internet2 into the implementation stage. As a part of this process, the Advisory Councils will soon identify working teams to coordinate with Internet2 staff on developing plan tasks.
The Internet2 SPEC released a new version of the Strategic Plan, which is being submitted for discussion and adoption by the Internet2 Board at its 8 July meeting. This revised document incorporates substantial comments, insights and suggestions received during extensive consultation with Internet2 members and Board. A “town meeting” is being planned with the community to discuss the transition from strategy to execution.
David E. Jent is the associate vice president, networks at Indiana University. He manages the Global Research Network Operations Center Engineering team and is the managing director of operations for the Indiana GigaPop. As chair of the Internet2 Architecture & Operations Advisory Council, Dave serves on the Internet2 Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.
The Internet2 Emerging Research & Education Network Special Interest Group (NREN SIG) is pleased to announce the formation of a new regional interest group focusing on the Middle East, and to welcome Johnathon Chapman, CIO at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, as its Chair. The regional interest group met for the first time during Internet2's Spring 2008 Member Meeting, and has begun to exchange information via the Middle East Interest mailing list.To learn about advanced networking activities and challenges in the Middle East and to contribute ideas, please visit the regional wiki at https://wiki.internet2.edu:443/confluence/x/8Q
Internet2 is collaborating with ProCurve Networking by HP, an Internet2 Corporate Partner, to upgrade the Internet2 Observatory in conjunction with the deployment of the Internet2 Network. The Internet2 Observatory provides real-time data on the performance and network status information researchers a view of a nationwide high-performance, operational network not possible in a laboratory environment or on the commercial Internet. The upgraded Observatory, one of the ways Internet2 works to support network researchers, is being deployed on the Internet2 Network's hybrid optical and packet infrastructure. The new Observatory will allow researchers to study data covering not only the IP network, but also the Dedicated Circuit Services, which provides dynamically provisioned optical waves.
Internet2 Support for Network Research - Martin Swany, Ph.D., from the University of Delaware [view video]
Our Approach: Today, building high performance networks can not be about providing capacity alone. Internet2 believes that progress in advanced networking requires a systems approach which integrates each layer of the network model to create a cohesive, scalable, and secure system from the ground up. The systems approach is critical to our community's ability to conduct science, to engage in research, to educate, and to bring diverse communities together in rich new ways.
The Call for Participation for track sessions, side meetings, poster sessions, and demonstrations at the Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting hosted by Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) is now open. The submission deadline is extended to 18 July. Also, Internet2 is calling for volunteers to work for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, 11 October.
InCommon, the first nationwide U.S. identity management federation for higher education, is the preferred verification method for U.S. students to access software in Microsoft's DreamSpark program. Announced by Bill Gates at a special event held at Stanford University in February, DreamSpark provides professional development and design tools free of charge to students in ten countries around the world.
Peter M. Siegel is chief information officer and vice provost for information and educational technology at the University of California, Davis. As chair of the Internet2 Research Advisory Council, Pete serves on the Internet2 Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.
Just released by the Internet2 community, Shibboleth 2.0 greatly enhances the interoperability and security of the most widely-deployed federated authentication platform. Shibboleth 2.0 also includes improvements that ease installation, management, and operation processes. These features will help catalyze the worldwide growth of education and research federations such as InCommon.
Try the Internet2 Commons video conferencing for free during May 2008. The community-supported Commons offers Internet2-connected video conferencing and related services to any educational or non-profit organization. In addition to video conferencing, the Commons provides high-performance and cost-effective IP-based video streaming and archiving services that enable and enhance collaboration.