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.
Designing and Engineering Dynamic Circuits: A Hands-On Workshop for the R&E Networking Environment
At this 2-day workshop, attendees design and implement a real layer 2 (Ethernet) Dynamic Circuit Network (DCN) Testbed. Via lectures and four structured exercises, participants gain an overview of GMPLS architecture, RSVP and OSPF protocols, control plane design concepts, and specifics of DCN engineering as relates to campus, regional, and national network facilities in the R&E community, and construct a working DCN that allows end systems to allocate dedicated VLAN network resources across multiple administrative domains. Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to design and implement a GMPLS-based DCN. For more information, click here >>
The Educational Webinar, Delivering Intelligent Ethernet Service to the Research and Education Community, took place on 19 September 2007.
Brian Cashman, Internet2 Network Planning Engineer served as moderator and Fred Ellefson, ADVA Optical Vice President, Etherjack Alliances, discussed delivery of Intelligent Ethernet Service.
As Ethernet services scale, the requirement for demarcation devices between end users and research and education national backbone networks is key to providing intelligent Ethernet services that support remote testing, monitoring and service level agreements (SLAs). Fred's presentation discussed new standards, technology and operations methodology that many service providers are using to roll out their carrier Ethernet services with an emphasis on Ethernet operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) capabilities, their use in demarcation devices and how they can migrate to the research and education environment.
More than 60 organizations encompassing over one million students, faculty and staff now use InCommon to enable cost-effective, privacy-preserving collaboration. InCommon, the first nationwide U.S. identity management federation for higher education, recently added six major content and service providers and 18 universities to its growing online trust community. Since its inception in 2004, InCommon has seen exponential growth in its participation and anticipates this trend will continue as more and more universities and their resource provider partners see the benefits of leveraging federated identity management to ensure easy, scalable and secure access to protected online materials.
Registration for the Fall 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting is now available! The meeting, which is being hosted by the University of California, San Diego, will take place October 8 - 11 in San Diego, California, at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. In addition to taking advantage of reduced "early bird" registration rates, which will be in effect until September 10, please consider making your room reservations early as the only rooms available at the Town and Country are those in the member meeting room block. Once those rooms are all reserved, there will be no rooms available at the resort. Hotel reservation information is available online.
By leveraging settlement-free connections between the Internet2 Network, and major content providers and Internet Service Providers, the Internet2 Commercial Peering (CP) Service enables members?on an opt-in basis at no additional charge?a cost-effective way to meet their community's commercial Internet needs. Several Internet2 regional network connectors have already taken advantage of a CP service trial through their existing connections to the Internet2 Network and have reported many benefits to the campuses and institutions they serve, including immediate month to month cost savings, enhanced network performance, as well as additional opportunities for collaboration with partners and content providers connected via the commercial Internet. An in-depth case study provides more details on the Internet2 CP service.
The Winter 2008 ESnet Site Coordinating Committee (ESCC)/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop brings together more than 300 thought leaders in the research and education community to explore and discuss important technology issues and the latest advancements in next-generation networking. The main plenary sessions held on January 21-23 will be netcast live and archived for worldwide viewing. The four-day conference is part of the Techs in Paradise 2008 event hosted by the University of Hawaii.
The Summer 07 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop will bring together more than 100 leaders in advanced networking from 15-19 July. Hosted by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) in Batavia, Illinois, the Summer 2007 Joint Techs will focus on Hybrid Networking, Campus Networking, Security, and Measurement/Performance. The agenda includes presentations about: 40 and 100 gigabits per second transport technologies, the Internet2 Network, updates on Internet2 FiberCo and Internet2 WaveCo, National LambdaRail, heterogeneous dataplane testing on ESnet and Internet2 Networks, and the Federated Model for Cyberinfrastructure.
40GE Optical Transport in the WAN Environment
During a webinar that took place on 12 July 2007, Dr. Vassilieva discussed solutions to transport 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and 100 Gbps over hundreds of kilometers in regional and backbone networks. The webinar archive and Dr. Vassilieva's slides are available online.
The Open Student Television Network (OSTN) and Internet2 hosted the OSTN-Internet2 Film Festival, which showcased student work from the 2006-2007 school year over three nights of screenings from July 19 through July 21. The even took place at Cleveland State University during the Ingenuity Festival. Student directors and producers participating in the festival used Internet2 technologies to submit and screen their films for the festival. In doing so, the OSTN-Internet2 Film Festival demonstrated the true viability of Internet technology to deliver high quality digital entertainment.
Register today for the Summer 07 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop and join more than 100 leaders in advanced networking from 15-19 July. Hosted by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) in Batavia, Illinois, the Summer 2007 Joint Techs will focus on Hybrid Networking, Campus Networking, Security, and Measurement/Performance. The agenda includes presentations about: 40 and 100 gigabits per second transport technologies, the Internet2 Network, updates on Internet2 FiberCo and Internet2 WaveCo, National LambdaRail, heterogeneous dataplane testing on ESnet and Internet2 Networks, and the Federated Model for Cyberinfrastructure.
Elections for representatives to new Advisory Councils are now open through Thursday, June 28. Based on input from members, the Governance and Nominations Committee created ballots that reflect the diversity, needs, and expectations of the Internet2 community. Ballots, based on membership category, have been sent to the designated Executive Liaisons from each Internet2 member organization. The four councils are the Architecture & Operations Advisory Council (AOAC), Applications, Middleware & Services Advisory Council (AMSAC), Research Advisory Council (RAC), External Relations Advisory Council (ERAC). Each Council has three seats from each of the following constituency groups: CIO Representatives, Regional Network Representatives, Researcher Representatives, and Industry Representatives For more information about the nominations and elections process, please refer to the Internet2 Governance and Nominations Wiki.
The Internet2 2006 Annual Report is now available. The annual report provides a summary of some of the Internet2 community's significant accomplishments during 2006. These include the development and initial deployment of the Internet2 Network, the updated membership and governance structure developed through the Governance and Nominations Committee, increased engagement with state and regional networking organizations, and a number of new developments in middleware. The annual report also provides updates on areas of activity such as cyberinfrastructure, security and the healthnet initiative.
Manhattan Connects: An Internet2 Conference for New York's Cultural Institutions
On April 18, the Manhattan School of Music, in collaboration with NYSERNet, Internet2, and Columbia University, hosted a conference on the creative uses of Internet2 for New York City's cultural and arts community 'Manhattan Connects'. The event featured demonstrations that illustrated the versatility and importance of Internet2 within New York City's cultural and arts community, including a jazz master class and chamber music coaching with a demonstration of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, both utilizing Internet2 networks, and a case study from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Learn more.
(Photo by Andrew Lepley)
perfSONAR-PS is an implementation of the perfSONAR framework in the Perl programming language. This implementation still relies on the underlying perfSONAR specifications and protocols, and is fully compatible with deployed instances of perfSONAR. Current deployment of perfSONAR-PS focuses passive network monitoring (SNMP-based measurements) with active monitoring services under development (i.e., OWAMP, BWCTL). A visual demonstration of the Measurement Points (MPs) and Measurement Archives (MAs) can be seen at http://packrat.internet2.edu/gmaps/index.cgi via a Google Maps demonstration, courtesy of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). Development of perfSONAR-PS has been a cooperative effort between Internet2, SLAC, University of Delaware, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Fermilab engineers.
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. View the video, "Internet2 Support for Network Research."
Deployment of the Internet2 Network passed another milestone as the fifth span?from Houston to El Paso, El Paso to Denver and Denver to Kansas City?of the dedicated 100 gigabit per second wave system was delivered on time. This span adds another ring to the network and marks the fifth wave segment turned over to Internet2 by Level 3 on or before the scheduled date. Work is also moving ahead on deploying Internet2 networking equipment in the collocation facilities along these routes. Traffic from Internet2 network connectors is flowing over the new network as this equipment is brought online. Slides and video from an update presentation at the recent Spring Internet2 Member Meeting are now available.
The recent announcement by Jeff Lehman and Tracy Futhey of the intention to bring Internet2 and NLR together into a single organization included a commitment to adopting the governance structure recommended by the Governance and Nominations Committee. To that end, nominations of individuals to serve on each of four new councils are now being accepted.
The Internet2 community is gathered this week in Arlington, Virginia for the Spring 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting. If you can't join your colleagues in Arlington, you can still share in the meeting by watching the numerous sessions that are being netcast. In particular, don't miss the first General Session, where the Internet2 and NLR Board Chairs, Jeffrey Lehman and Tracy Futhey will provide a community update. This year's Internet2 IDEA Award and Land Speed Record winners will also be announced during this session. In the second General Session, Internet2 is pleased to host speaker Bruce Cole, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Chairman Cole will outline the potential for digital technology in enabling increased access to humanities resources, increased collaboration, and new approaches in the practice of humanities scholarship, in addition to specific examples of how digital technology is being applied across the humanities.
On 2 February 2007, the New World Symphony in Miami rehearsed pieces by French composers Mr. Henri Dutilleux and Marc-André Dalbavie, while the composers participated live from IRCAM Paris. This transatlantic rehearsal, a -virtual concert room,- enabled live exchanges between musicians in Miami and the composers in Paris via RENATER-4 in France, GEANT2 in Europe, and Internet2's Network. These advanced reasearch and education networks provided the bandwidth and quality of service to ensure high quality audio and video using DVTS (Digital Video Transport System) technology. The DVTS software is maintained by the WIDE Project - a Japanese research consortium and Internet2 international partner. DVTS is not based on data compression, which means it is a key technology when both low latency and CD audio quality are required, in applications like distance music learning or a distributed rehearsal involving different regions of the world.