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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.
Rob Carter of Duke University, is an active member of the Internet2 MACE-paccman group. One of Rob’s crucial contributions was coordinating, with Duke Assistant Vice President Klara Jelinkova, a survey that examined privilege management needs of over twenty higher ed institutions. Rob recently led an Identity and Access Management Seminar in Philadelphia, directly preceding the Internet2/EDUCAUSE CAMP, which Rob helped plan as a program committee member.
Register now for the Fall 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting, 5-8 October in San Antonio, Texas. The theme for this fall's 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.”
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently joined the InCommon Federation to provide NSF’s research and education community simpler and easier access to online services. Principal Investigators and Sponsored Projects Office officials from InCommon member institutions will soon be able to access NSF’s online services such as Research.gov and NSF’s site for submitting and reviewing proposals, FastLane, using their unique IDs and passwords from their home institutions.
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Offered twice per year, CAMP workshops provide guidance on identity and access management topics. CAMPs feature case studies and discussion sessions for the purposes of informing practical campus implementations. Advanced CAMPs are futures-oriented discussions on emerging trends. Register now for CAMP: Practical Building Blocks for Access Management, 15-17 June, and Advanced CAMP: Identity Services Summit for Higher Ed Open/Community Source Projects, June 18-19. Both will be held in Philadelphia.
Internet2 is pleased to announce a new international partnership with the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN). The partnership was made official in a signing ceremony during the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting when Doug Van Houweling, President & CEO of Internet2, and Kenneth Sylvester, CEO of CKLN, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. CKLN is working toward establishing C@ribNET, a unified research and education network which will connect more than 15 countries in the Caribbean region. This advanced, high bandwidth, backbone network will bridge the digital divide that currently exists in the region. We look forward to future collaborations between our organizations!
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) was recently honored with an Excellence.Gov award for its achievements in leveraging technology. The Excellence.Gov awards are sponsored by the Industry Advisory Council’s (IAC) Collaboration and Transformation Shared Interest Group and recognize the federal government’s best information technology (IT) projects. ESnet was honored for ESnet4, its next-generation nationwide network infrastructure - recently completed in collaboration with Internet2 - which provides highly reliable, high-bandwidth connectivity to support and advance the United States’ scientific competitiveness and capabilities by linking scientists at national laboratories and universities across the country.
On April 29, 2009, Internet2 together with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provided a live demonstration at the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting to showcase how telepresence technologies can help support important telehealth initiatives. The demonstration leveraged the Cisco TelePresence platform to connect a psychiatrist located at the conference hotel in Arlington, Virginia with a remotely located “wounded warrior” veteran patient in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a simulated psychiatric diagnosis session. The demonstration represented the first Cisco TelePresence session held over the Internet2 Network and spotlights how telepresence technologies can revolutionize health services for patients that do not have direct access to quality specialists.
The InCommon Federation has seen significant growth in the last year and a new community-driven three-year plan will help drive future strategy and development. Those attending the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting, and those dialing in from around the country, can participate in the first public discussion of the draft report from the InCommon Future group. The InCommon Future report takes place 27 April at 5 p.m. EDT. Details and screencast login are available online. Additionally, the meeting will feature ten sessions on federation building -- at the state, higher education system, regional, consortial and national levels.
Internet2 hosts its 3rd Health Network Initiative Workshop on April 30 in Arlington. This meeting will convene participants in the FCC Rural Healthcare Pilot Program, government agencies, state and regional networks, leading technology companies, and health IT professionals. The workshop will feature discussions of the latest developments in initiatives like the FCC RHCPP and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. We thank the workshop's sponsors, ADVA Optical, Ciena, Fujitsu and Level 3, for their generous support.