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.
The National Science Foundation recently announced the availability of funding for its CISE Research Infrastructure: Mid-Scale Infrastructure (CRI: NSF Cloud). This solicitation builds upon NSF’s focus on campus-level network service improvements to support data transfer and movement and envisions a new set of cloud infrastructure services to support future programs. Internet2 staff stand ready to assist you in preparing your proposal.
Attending the EDUCAUSE 2013 Annual Conference? We hope to meet you there. You will hear members of our community address moving to the cloud from both a university and provider points of view. To arrange a meeting with NET+ leaders or staff at EDUCAUSE, email us at email@example.com. Check out the cloud sessions and attend with your colleagues, http://bit.ly/EDU13_agenda. Also, follow our EDUCAUSE tweets at #EDU13 and @Internet2.
Internet2 is installing a new "front door"! Come September, you'll notice quite a few changes, including a new menu where you'll find consolidated information on all Internet2 products and services. The design, evaluated by community members, uses a system of subject tags to make content truly dynamic—and relevant to each user context. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we make the jump to light speed! The new website platform will allow us to more efficiently deliver and maintain the content you most want to see and share. We will make every effort to ease your transition to the new information scheme. We hope you will find our new front door a welcoming one, and that you'll return to visit often in the coming years.
Registration is now open for Identity Week, November 11-15, 2013, held in Burlingame, CA. The event, led by Internet2, will bring together the InCommon community, identity management technical implementers and architects, and U.S. and international leaders in the field of identity and access management. Each of the three meetings that are included in Identity week has a separate registration, so you can choose the one(s) right for you. Please visit www.incommon.org/idweek.
Stephen Wolff, network pioneer and Internet2 CTO, has been named as 2013 inductee into the Pioneer Circle of the Internet Hall of Fame. The Internet Hall of Fame celebrates Internet visionaries, innovators, and leaders from around the world who believed in the design and potential of an open Internet and, through their work, helped change the way we live and work today.
Internet2, Juniper Networks, Ciena, and Brocade announced at the US Ignite Application Summit eight proposals selected for the 2013 Internet2 Innovative Application Awards program. Each finalist is building an application using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to solve the challenges faced by research, education and business networks today.
Is your research ready for an international challenge? The Enlighten Your Research Global (EYR-Global) program, an international competition that invites researchers and their collaborators to submit proposals that highlight how access to world-class research networks would significantly improve their research and discovery process, is now accepting proposals. Visit the official site for more details.
What are the benefits? The competition winners will have access to:
- World-class network infrastructure operated by the NRENs and their partners.
- Support and advice on end-to-end network connectivity.
- NREN commitment to an agreed level of network resource provisioning and support during the competition period.
Visit http://www.enlightenyourresearch.net to find details of the competition, its timeline and the procedure for submitting a draft proposal.
The recent Focused Technical Workshop on Network Issues in Life Sciences Research features outstanding speakers including Dan Maltbie (Annai Systems), Michelle Munson (Aspera), Martin Swany (Indiana University), Steve Tuecke (Globus Online), and Jason Zurawski (ESnet), all part of a panel discussing Data Movement Architecture and Tools for Life Sciences. Check out the agenda and session details and get in on the ground floor of the next developments!
World's first intercontinental 100 Gbps link for research and education was demonstrated at TERENA Networking Conference in The Netherlands. The 100 Gbps link, called the Advanced North Atlantic 100G Pilot project (ANA-100G) will be used for engineering and testing the new transmission link, applications, resources, monitoring techniques and advanced technologies such as software-defined networking.
Internet2 establishes direct peering to Microsoft Cloud Services. Students, staff and researchers at college campuses throughout the nation, and participating institutions through regional, national and global research and education partner networks will benefit from a faster and more secure connection, thanks to a new peering arrangement between Microsoft Corp. and Internet2, the nation’s premier research and education network.
IAM Online, the monthly webinar series sponsored by InCommon, Internet2, and EDUCAUSE, has scheduled a special series of virtual working group meetings, May 20 and May 21, 2013 to showcase key identity and access management tools and services. All are invited to join us to hear the very latest on Grouper, CoCoA, Social Identity, Shibboleth, Directories, Interfederation, CIFER and more. See the full schedule.
Internet2 and Networking Industry Partners Juniper Networks, Ciena and Brocade, have announced the 2013 Innovative Application Awards. Launched in 2012, the new Internet2 Network is the first open, national-scale 100G network employing software defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow standards. The awards program will grant cash prizes of up to $10,000 to the best open source, end-user applications that make use of the OpenFlow-enabled SDN capabilities of switches and controllers like those found on the new network. The desired outcome of the awards program is the creation of production-quality software that can operate on Internet2’s Advanced Layer 2 Service and take advantage of the SDN and 100G capabilities of the Internet2 Innovation Platform. The program complements application development efforts by US Ignite. Follow the contest on Twitter at #innovativeappaward.
An advanced data and communications network facility in Singapore has been unveiled by Internet2, global networking partners and several leading Internet2 member universities. The new facility promises advanced network and computing services and applications for research and education. It also adds to the regional network hub serving Asia-Pacific locations operated by Internet2 partner SingAREN, and serves as a connection point for Internet2’s advanced video services.
Thanks to all the R&E leaders, members, partners, guests and sponsors who helped to make the 2013 Internet2 Annual Meeting one for the record books. We are gathering presentations and highlights from the meeting to share with you in the days ahead. Attendees, please fill out the evaluation so we can continue to make sure our meeting meets your needs! We look forward to your input.
On Wednesday, April 24, at the 2013 Internet2 Annual Meeting, Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, chief science advisor for NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, discussed advances in climate change research and efforts to predict and explain climate change. Dr. MacDonald holds the patent for Science on a Sphere®, a luminous, animated globe installed in museums around the world to educate the public about Earth and other planets. The globe was on display for demonstrations and media interviews.
On Tuesday, April 23, at the 2013 Internet2 Annual Meeting, G. Wayne Clough, Smithsonian Institution secretary, provided new details about the Smithsonian's amazing effort to digitize and share its treasures with scholars, researchers and others around the globe. Secretary Clough also announced the Smithsonian’s work to leverage the Internet2 Network and Smithsonian expertise to provide exceptional educational programming to diverse and expansive audiences, especially students.
On Monday, April 22, at the 2013 Internet2 Annual Meeting, John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University President, Samia Melhem, World Bank lead information communication technology policy specialist, and Peter Balleis SJ, Jesuit Refugee Service’s international director, spoke about "education at the margins." They described how technology, volunteers and advanced networks are enabling organizations to deliver education to students in areas at the margins of society, such as refugee camps, remote villages, war zones and areas lacking civil society.
The Internet2 NET+ SIP Program has been gathering no moss lately. SIP services powered by Aastra and Level 3 are in the Early Adopter phase, and there's plenty of excitement about this cost-effective alternative to traditional voice services. Visit the SIP Program's homepage to listen to a recent webinar recording or view the presentation slides. You'll also find a recent ROI case study and white paper and the latest news.
EDUCAUSE and Internet2 have announced that Courseload, CourseSmart, McGraw-Hill Education and more than 50 publishers will participate in a Fall 2013 pilot to give campuses nationwide a further opportunity to explore, evaluate, and advance the transition from traditional media models, including textbooks, to electronic platforms. A webinar will be held on March 4 with more details.
TIP2013 netcast presentations have been posted, so if you couldn't attend, now's your chance to catch up on these glimpses into advanced research and education technology. Attendees who had trouble deciding between sessions can now take in all the ones they missed—or watch the most thought-provoking ones again. Many thanks to our hosts and all the community members, sponsors and staff who helped make TIP2013 a resounding success!