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Spring 2007 will be a pivotal time for the Internet2 community: the new Internet2 network with its 100 Gbps capacity and dedicated circuit services will be nearing full implementation, middleware-based capabilities such as federated authentication will be reaching critical mass, transition to a new governance structure will be underway, and major new advanced research and education partnerships and initiatives encompassing cyberinfrastructure, the TeraGrid, rural health networks, and more will be underway. Registration is now open for the Spring 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting, where the program will focus on these many and varied activities.
Internet2 extends a New Years greeting to you with wishes for an inspired and innovative 2007. We also invite you to share an advanced networking project, event, or collaboration with the Internet2 community as a showcase. The showcase archive for a wide variety of past examples.
Nearly 700 participants are expected to gather at the Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting, taking place 4-7 December in Chicago, Illinois. The Fall 2006 Program Committee put together an outstanding program as Internet2 members gather to celebrate ten years of community achievement. General sessions will feature an update on the new Internet2 Network and a presentation by Charlie Catlett, Director of the NSF-funded TeraGrid initiative. The meeting program includes an additional 67 sessions and 75 side meetings, including several Special Interest Groups, and Working Group meetings on Shibboleth, Grouper and Signet. Other meeting highlights include live demonstrations of advanced network applications. Selected sessions will be netcast live and available for on demand viewing.
High-Performance Data Transfer for Hybrid Optical/Packet Networks
Phoebus is an environment for high-performance optical networks that seamlessly creates various adaptation points in the network to maximize performance. By splitting the network path into distinct segments, Phoebus minimizes the impact of packet loss and latency by leveraging the best performance attributes of each network segment. Using an end-to-end session protocol, transport and signaling adaptation points can be controlled and better performance is possible. The Phoebus adaptation library allows existing applications to take advantage of advanced networks with little or no modification. The Phoebus project brings revolutionary networks like Internet2's HOPI testbed to users. For more information, click here.
In late July, MYREN, the Malaysian educational network with a current membership of fourteen universities and institutions of higher learning, became an international partner of Internet2. This partnership was announced on 8 August during Malaysia's first MYREN Open Day, focusing on collaborative research in tele-surgery and e-culture. Through the agreement, MYREN looks forward to increased collaboration and networking opportunities with Internet2’s membership. Institutions connected to MYREN are already reachable by institutions on Internet2's Abilene network, through the NSF funded TransPAC2 link to the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) and the Trans-Eurasia Information Network 2 (TEIN2) link largely funded by the European Commission.
There are currently five Research Areas / Working Groups within MYREN which function to focus the consultative and collaborative efforts of various researchers in the MYREN community. They are: 1) Network Research, 2) IPv6 Research, 3) e-Research comprising of eCulture, Bioinformatics, Medical Informatics, Software Engineering, 4) Multimedia comprising Virtual Reality, Immersive Technology, E-Learning, Interface Design & Ambient Intelligence and 5) Knowledge Management & Information Retrieval.
If you are interested in collaborating in one of these areas, please contact Heather Boyles.
Internet2 affiliate member United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, with assistance from Internet2 corporate sponsor VBrick Systems, is presenting a live webcast, "What Will it Take to Stop Genocide in Darfur?" on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 7:00 pm EDT. An excellent panel has been assembled for the event: Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power; Michael Ranneberger, Senior State Department Representative for Sudan; Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, Sudanese Human Rights Defender; and award winning journalist Jon Sawyer. The panelists will respond to questions posed via an online discussion board that is open to all participants.
Samantha Power is a Lecturer in Public Policy. Her book, "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide," was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger is the Special Advisor for Sudan at the U.S. Department of State. He previously served as Ambassador to Mali and as Coordinator for Cuban Affairs. Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam is the founder and Chairperson of the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO), and independent non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights, peace-building, and development. Jon Sawyer is director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that funds independent reporting with the intent of raising the standard of media coverage of global affairs.
The discussion will be netcast on both Internet2 advanced networks and the commodity Internet. Anyone is welcome to participate in this event, and the museum encourages students to organize groups on their campus to view the presentation. For updated information about the program and the panelists, visit the program website. To view the program on April 17, see the webcast site.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is hosting the first in a new series of campus events focusing on the impact of cyberinfrastructure on faculty and researchers. This five-location, videoconferenced symposium is entitled “Information Technology for Research: The Impact of National Directions in Cyberinfrastructure.” With presenters and attendees located throughout the country, Rutgers has enlisted support from technical staff on all three of its New Jersey campuses—located in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick—as well as staff from Internet2 and statewide NJEDge.Net organizations for this April 4th event. Additional technology support for the event is being provided by InSors, Lifesize, Polycom, and VBrick, which will also be presenting information about their products during the symposium.
According to Tom Grzelak, Rutgers’ associate director for research technology in the Office of Information Technology (OIT), “By having each campus as an origination point for part of the program, our goal is to increase the participatory nature of the event and thereby improve the experience faculty and researchers will have no matter which campus location they attend.” Three federal agencies—the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and Department of Energy—will participate in the day's activities via the the Internet2 office in Washington, D.C.
As a follow-up, organizers for the Rutgers event are planning to hold a BoF at the Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting and share their insights on “How to Host an Internet2 Cyberinfrastructure Event” with member meeting attendees.
The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX) is a regional network-aggregation point providing high-speed commodity and research network access to sites in western and central Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 3ROX is operated and managed by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. While the primary focus of 3ROX is to provide cost-effective, high-capacity, state-of-the-art network connectivity to the university community, this infrastructure also provides well defined network services to both community (K12, government) and commercial entities in western Pennsylvania. University member sites currently include: Carnegie Mellon University, the Pennsylvania State University, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University.
On March 29, 2006, a total solar eclipse will occur when the new moon moves directly between the sun and the earth. The moon’s shadow will fall on the eastern tip of Brazil, speed eastward across the Atlantic, through northern Africa, across the Mediterranean, and into Turkey, where a team from San Francisco's Exploratorium museum will be waiting.
The Exploratorium crew will transmit a live eclipse webcast and a telescope-only feed from a second-century Roman amphitheater in Side, Turkey. The live feed will be sent via satellite from Turkey to London, and then via fiber-optic cable to the U.S., where an Internet feed will be generated. The Exploratorium’s eclipse programming will be broadcast over Internet2's advanced networks via the Exploratorium's connection to the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). Additionally, the feed will be webcast on the Internet at up to 512 Kbps, broadcast live to community centers, NASA learning centers, and museums in the US, Mexico, Egypt, and Europe, and archived on the Exploratorium’s website.
Four telescopes will be used in the field: two in white light (1/4 disc and full disc) and two with hydrogen-alpha filters (1/4 disc and full disc). The white light telescopes capture a magnified version of what the human eye sees. The hydrogen-alpha telescopes filter out a significant amount of light from the sun’s surface. They will be used before and after totality to provide a dramatic view of sunspots, prominences, and other solar features.
This program was planned with a group of educators and scientists from NASA’s Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum (from the University of California at Berkeley and Goddard Space Flight Center), other NASA groups, and staff at the Exploratorium.
Image courtesy of www.exploratorium.edu.
Representatives from Internet2 and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) this week announced that Alaska's statewide education network, AK20, will become the 35th state education network to connect directly to Internet2's nationwide high performance network. Leveraging this connection, AK20 will participate in the Internet2 K20 Initiative which will give Alaska's students access to cutting-edge, Internet-based educational opportunities not available today on the commercial Internet.The announcement was made during a special ceremony held at UAF's Internet2 Day. Participants included, Douglas Van Houweling, Internet2's president and CEO; Louis Fox, Internet2's director of the K20 Initiative; Steve Smith, UAF's CIO; and Scott Christian, executive director of the Alaska Distance Education Consortium.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) will host an Internet2 Day on March 23, 2006. This day-long event will feature demonstrations, presentations and concerts which highlight new and innovative uses of the Internet via Internet2's advanced networks. The event will feature welcoming remarks by UAF Chancellor Steve Jones, a speech by Senator Lisa Murkowski, and a Keynote Address by Internet2 President and CEO Doug Van Houweling. In addition, Internet2 and UAF will be making an important announcement about extending the reach of Internet2's network in Alaska.
Internet2 Arts and Humanities program manager Ann Doyle will host a session that provides an overview of Internet2 initiatives and applications, and throughout the day attendees will have opportunities to learn about Internet2-based applications that span arts, sciences, humanities, and engineering disciplines. Discussions will be held on topics as varied as telematic performances and college theater using the web; natural resource management methods based on high quality digital data; a web-based tsunami computational portal; Internet-based forecasts of space weather; and digital audio archives for Alaska Native Languages.
The capstone to the day’s events will be a special musical presentation titled "Performance Beyond Space: Music and Dance on Internet2." This session will include a masterclass demonstration and two world premiere performances. The concert will feature musicians from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, the New World Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more details about the high-quality music capture and delivery, please see the performance webpage.
Another Language Performing Arts Company and the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing are presenting their fourth InterPlay performance "Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek," to be performed March 31-April 2, 2006. InterPlay is a multimedia, multi-artist, telematic, and collaborative art form that is performed and transmitted over Internet2 advanced networks utilizing Access Grid technology. Another Language is an interdisciplinary performance company that is devoted to the creative merging of art and technology. The company has been researching the technology of the InterPlay art form for over ten years and has been performing in this format for four years. Its most recent InterPlay, Loose Minds in a Box, premiered in April 2005 and was performed at ACM SIGGRAPH 2005 and SC Global 05.
Invited national and international institutions, artists, scientists and technologists collaborate and participate with Another Language in the InterPlay form. "Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek" will be an exciting blend of images using the Access Grid Video Conferencing Technology into a Real-time Collaborative Surrealistic Cinematic Performance. Local live performers will be joined in this performance by ArtGrid participants from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Boston University, University of Maryland, University of Montana, Purdue University, Ryerson University-Toronto, Ontario Canada, as well as the host site for this performance, the University of Utah. As an Internet2 member connected to the Abilene Network, the University of Utah provides the network infrastructure and computing facilities that make the InterPlay process possible.
On Friday, March 10, 2006, Michèle Boccoz, Director of International Affairs of the Institut Pasteur, will discuss the recently announced partnership between the Institut Pasteur and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of this collaboration is to strengthen the global capacity to detect influenza viruses that could potentially trigger a human pandemic. The Institut Pasteur is a private, non-profit research foundation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases and improving worldwide public health.
The presentation will be held over Internet2's advanced networks, via the Internet2 Commons, and moderated by Lafayette College biology professor, Robert Kurt, a specialist in immunology. Joining Ms. Boccoz and Dr. Kurt will be the Executive Director of the Pasteur Foundation in New York, Caitlin Hawke, who will talk about research funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduates and scientists at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Audiences from Lafayette and Wheaton Colleges will follow-up in French and English in an Internet Question and Answer session with the panelists. Anyone is invited to access the live webstream of this event, which will be available here.
This event is sponsored by Lafayette College Departments of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Biology, the Pasteur Foundation, NITLE, and MAGPI. Additional support for the event is provided by Columbia University, NYSERNet, GEANT, and Renater. For additional information, please contact the Pasteur Foundation. An archive of the videoconference will be online until the end of March.
Internet2 has formed a partnership with ERNET and C-DAC, the leading research and education networking organizations in India. The partnership was made official February 18 in an MoU signing ceremony at a Mumbai workshop titled "Moving India into the Global Community through Advanced Networking: Science, Education and the Knowledge Economy."
The new partnership will enable wider collaboration between ERNET, C-DAC and the global research and education community. In particular, the agreement is a step toward high-performance Internet connectivity between the US and India. C-DAC (the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) and ERNET (Education and Research Network) are also working toward establishing a single, unified national research and education network (NREN), in accordance with the growing international consensus that creating NRENs is key to the development of research and education networking worldwide. C-DAC's GARUDA initiative is a major step in this direction.
On February 14, 2006, Internet2 member the University of Delaware held its first UD Computational Science Day. This one-day conference covered a broad range of scientific, engineering, and information science research. Its goal was to bring together the University of Delaware's computational science community to meet, share experiences, and find opportunities for new research collaborations.
More than 100 interested faculty, staff and students attended the event and participated in this interdisciplinary discourse. Among the diverse fields of research represented were biotechnology, chemical engineering, physics, mathematical sciences, geology, animal sciences, computer and information sciences, mechanical engineering, food sciences, chemistry, geography, and electrical and computer engineering.
Talks and poster presentations focused on research involving high-performance, distributed, grid and parallel computing, underlying scientific applications and their mathematical modeling issues, scalability issues, and related UD courses. Presenters were encouraged to discuss a challenging problem whose solution requires advanced computational science techniques, along with how or why it involves these techniques and technologies. Internet2 Faculty Fellow Martin Swany, an Assistant Professor in the UD Department of Computer and Information Sciences, discussed the evolution of distributed computing in his talk, "Distributed Computing Comes of Age: From the Grid to PlanetLab (and BOINC (Back)) Again)."
Internet2 members OARNET, the Ohio State University (OSU), the World Bank and Internet2 Commons staff worked together to deliver a three hour Internet2 Commons Site Coordinator videoconference training course to 43 individuals in seven African countries. Individuals from Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast received virtual instruction from OSU staff Megan Troyer and Bob Dixon, with technical support by Gabe Moulton, also at OSU. The training itself was conducted via high-quality video conferencing, with participants joining in-country via the World Bank's Global Distance Learning Network (GDLN) centers. Thanks to the World Bank's connectivity to Internet2's Abilene, Ohio State was able to directly link with the African GDLN centers on the World Bank's VSAT network.
The course covered the basics of videoconferencing, including an overview of the components of an H.323 network, guidance on setting up equipment, instruction for participating in a conference, and appropriate videoconference etiquette. Both trainers and trainees alike learned from the experience, sharing information about technical and societal challenges. Given the success of this initial training, a second is being planned in French. According to Dixon, "The audience was very serious, of varying knowledge levels and backgrounds (managers and technicians), and asked many questions. The course went very well, and was much appreciated."
ImagiNations: Remote Electron Microscopy
Lehigh University's ImagiNations program is bringing research quality science to middle and high school students by offering them live remote access to a near-nano scale microscopy lab from their classrooms. This virtual lab includes full control of an XL30 scanning electron microscope, an energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer, an infra-red chamber camera to monitor the specimen, and simultaneous videoconferencing with researchers and scope technicians assisting at Lehigh. Students are able to analyze their own specimens, creating a highly personalized and unique experience in biology, chemistry or physics.
This project is the result of a collaboration between programmer George Motter of Lehigh’s Library Technology Services and Andrea Harmer, Director of Web-based Education at Lehigh's Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (CAMN). Using Internet2 advanced networks and remote access software provided to trained teachers, students are connected to the lab where they explore controversial and relevant problems such as the West Nile virus and environmental pollution. Students can interact with scope technician and researchers through videoconferencing while looking at specimens, which they personally collected and sent to CAMN, magnified to as much as 200,000 times their normal size. Video from the electron microscope is encoded as MPEG-4 video and transmitted to the classroom. Using the remote access software, students can operate the microscope and view live video of the samples.
Lehigh is also active in the development of curriculum and teaching materials related to nanotechnology and the science behind electron microscopy and x-ray analysis. Teachers are trained to operate the Microscopy Lab for use in their classrooms through the ImagiNations Program, and CAMN provides open source remote access software free of charge to trained teachers. Additionally, the ImagiNations website offers an introduction to nanotechnology and an overview of electron microscopy for students.
Meriton Networks, a leading provider of optical networking technologies, has become an Internet2 Corporate Partner. Meriton will work with the Internet2 community to develop and deploy leading-edge network services and capabilities that will contribute to the creation of next-generation Internet architectures and enable the most advanced network applications. Meriton Networks' focus on breakthrough technologies to support high-performance networking will play a key role in Internet2's Hybrid Optical and Packet Infrastructure (HOPI) project by providing the capabilities that enable revolutionary network architectures. HOPI is providing the Internet2 community with the experience in deploying scalable networking capabilities that advanced network applications.
On 17 January, 2006, Internet2 members and staff participated in a National Science Foundation sponsored workshop, "A Digital Library of the Middle East," hosted by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.
Participants worked collaboratively to discuss issues and identify processes, requirements and actions needed for the development of a large-scale, dynamic, distributed digital repository of resources on and about the Middle East, with a focus on cultural heritage. A primary goal of the workshop was to develop a vision and mission statement for a digital library of the Middle East and to identify key constituents in a community of practice that can ensure realization. Findings will be incorporated in a report that can inform grant-making agencies and other potential funders of a variety of interrelated activities that will develop and sustain the digital library, including content development, management structures, networked infrastructure, research and educational applications, and education of digital managers and users.
Internet2 partners and members involved in this workshop included: the U.S. Library of Congress; the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Johns Hopkins University; UCLA; Sun Microsystems; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Pittsburgh; Yale University; Florida International University; Harvard University Art Museums; University of Oregon. Internet2's international partners in Egypt - the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Egyptian Universities Network (EUN) and the Egyptian National Science and Technology Network (ENSTINET) participated in the meeting as well and will be improving connectivity for the Bibliotheca and other research and education institutions in Egypt through their 155Mbps link to New York. Other event organizers include the US/Egypt Joint Fund, the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Pathologists at the University of Pennsylvania Health System have been experimenting with Digital Video Transport System (DVTS) for high-quality video telepathology and telemicroscopy over Internet2 advanced networks. This simple and inexpensive method of transmitting high-quality video and audio enables doctors to perform consultations at remote hospitals where there is no pathologist on site, to offer second-opinion consultations, and to provide education at a distance. In Philadelphia, it is used by pathologists at the three hospitals that comprise the University of Pennsylvania Health System to perform real-time clinical case consultations.
DVTS uses 30 Mbps uncompressed video to provide high-quality images with low latency. DVTS can also be used in multicast mode to allow three or more sites to participate in a single conference. DVTS is one of the principal areas of activity of the Internet2/ResearchChannel Working Group's BigVideo project group, which explores high-quality on-demand and streaming video applications.
Telepathology -- the use of computer-based imaging technology to view diagnostic pathology images over a distance -- has its beginnings in the early 1990s. From the first static-image transfer systems, the technology has evolved to support telemicroscopy, which integrates a remotely-operated robotic microscope and videoconferencing system. These telemicroscopy systems allow a remote pathologist to control a microscope through a computer interface, while discussing the samples with the on-site doctor. In the future, researchers predict that "virtual slide" technology will improve to the point where a database could be built to offer image-guided decision support, a tool that could enhance diagnostic accuracy. A computer would compare a slide with similar specimens in the database, and flag areas that require closer attention from a pathologist.