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.
Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Learning for the Future: A Vision and Research Agenda
The Computing Research Association and the International Society of the Learning Sciences, with support from the National Science Foundation, an Internet2 Affiliate member, convened a series of workshops that explored the current and future roles of computing and technology in education. A report based on these workshops outlines a vision and research agenda for the future of computing in education. In particular, the intent was to develop a map of where the NSF can strategically place its resources in creating the learning environments of the future.
Cyberinfrastructure has the potential to radically influence educational practice, and the report authors propose an initiative to develop the Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Learning for the Future, or CELF. The goal of the CELF initiative is to transcend the boundaries of formal education, informal learning, and lifelong learning by providing:
- unprecedented access to educational resources, mentors, experts, and online educational activities and virtual environments
- timely, accurate assessment of student learning
- a platform for large-scale research on education and the sciences of learning
Within this plan, learners of all ages could engage with scientific models, simulations, data sets, sensors and instruments. The new educational cyberinfrastructure could make it possible to collect and analyze data continually from educational activities nationwide over a period of years, enabling new advances in the sciences of learning, and providing systematic ways of measuring progress at all levels.
By bridging education and the scientific, engineering, and mathematical disciplines that are at the National Science Foundation's core--NSF initiatives such as this are able to draw upon advances in basic cognitive and social sciences research, while integrating new content and exploring the ways in which new technologies can enhance the kinds of learning opportunities available to teachers and students.
Register Now: Site Coordinator Training January 26, 2006
Want to learn about H.323 videoconferencing? Or would you like to share what you know with others who support videoconferencing at a variety of institutions? Gather online with Internet2 Commons experts for interactive presentations on the components of an H.323 network, MCUs, Gatekeepers, firewalls, environmental considerations, and an overview of emerging Data Collaboration applications. Attendees of all skill levels find this a valuable opportunity to learn how to deploy and support videoconferencing on their campuses. Those who successfully complete this virtual course will be certified as Internet2 Commons Site Coordinators. To find out more or to sign up, visit the Commons training web site.
The Wisconsin Advanced Internet Laboratory (WAIL) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison is a one-of-a-kind facility for conducting network and distributed systems research. With over 50 IP routers and switches, 100 end hosts, and a variety of other networking gear all housed under one roof, WAIL enables researchers to build and monitor models of the Internet in a laboratory environment. WAIL recently enabled a web-based interface that allows researchers to directly configure the system with customized settings, or to choose from a standard library of standard configurations. Led by Paul Barford, Cisco Systems and the TOSA foundation have provided foundational support for WAIL.
The University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Internet2 consortium and operator of the regional Internet2 connector known as MAGPI, the Mid-Atlantic GigaPoP in Philadelphia, has selected the University of Scranton to serve as a regional hub for Internet2 connections in northeast Pennsylvania. The colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, libraries, museums, hospitals and research corporation partners that connect to The University of Scranton can obtain dedicated bandwidth ranging from 5 megabits to 100 megabits.
"In our role as aggregator, The University of Scranton will provide organizations in eight counties with connection to Internet2 and its revolutionary applications in such areas as remote instrumentation control, international distance learning and biomedical uses of information technology and advanced research computing," said Connie Wisdo, director of technology development and innovation at The University of Scranton.
An Internet2 demonstration at an event marking the kick-off of the University of Scranton's connectivity to Internet2 through MAGPI included a joint graduation ceremony between The University of Scranton and Universidad Iberoamericana, its sister university in Mexico City. At the virtual joint-commencement ceremony, Eloisa Lara became the first recipient of a collaborative master's/dual degree program in community counseling between the two schools. The demonstration highlighted the speed and quality of the connection and the international connectivity.
"A typical commodity Internet connection for an institution the size of the University of Scranton is about 20 megabits. The difference is that the commodity Internet is oversubscribed and laden with commercial traffic. The Internet2 bandwidth is not oversubscribed, and void of commercial traffic, resulting in an incredible increase in speed and quality," said Ms. Wisdo.
During 2005, the Internet2 showcases highlighted progress by the Internet2 community in areas such as federated authentication through efforts such as Shibboleth and InCommon; optical networking through efforts such as the Hybrid Optical and Packet Infrastructure project; and collaboration technology through services such as the Internet2 Commons, events such as the Megaconference, and technologies developed by corporate members. Several showcases also highlighted Internet2 members that provide regional and state-level leadership in advanced networking for the research and education community.
Do you have a project or event you'd like to bring to the attention of the Internet2 community? The Internet2 Showcase is open! Please Past Showcases archive for a wide variety of examples. Thanks, and happy holidays!
The Internet2 applications Showcase will ring in the new year with a new applications Showcase feature on January 9, 2006. Until then, we invite you to visit the Showcase Archive to check out some of the accomplishments of our member community throughout 2005. We would also like to thank our members for their continuing curiosity and ingenuity--they are the foundation of the success of the Internet2 community.
We are always eager to feature advanced networking applications, events, people and projects in our weekly web page Showcases. If you have something you would like to suggest for the Internet2 applications web page, please contact the Internet2 Applications webmaster.
The Internet2 Commons Real Time Communications Service provides Internet2 members with access to a variety of real time communications tools. As part of this service, Marratech AB, an Internet2 corporate member, is providing free access to its cross- platform e-meeting solution that combines high quality voice, video, whiteboard and application sharing in an encrypted, secure Internet environment. The Marratech software enables multiple remote users to collaborate just as they would in the same room, and to interoperate with traditional videoconferencing systems, but from the comfort of their own computers. For more information about this opportunity for Internet2 members, click here.
Submissions are now being accepted for the first annual IDEA Awards, which seeks to recognize innovators in creating advanced network applications that have had a profound and positive impact within the research and education community. IDEA Award candidates will have applied advanced networking to enable substantial progress within research, teaching and learning by leveraging the unique capabilities of advanced network infrastructure. Entries may be submitted by an individual affiliated with an Internet2 member, an Abilene Sponsored Educational Group Participant, or an Abilene Sponsored Participant. Submissions must be received by 15 December 2005. Awards will be presented at the Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting.
Internet2 and the New World Symphony are hosting a hands-on audio/video production workshop on 30 January--1 February 2006 on the campus of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. The workshop will emphasize real-time experience connecting with remote sites over Internet2 advanced networks, setting up incoming and outgoing audio, creating a multi-camera shoot, placing lights and projectors and operating codecs. This year's workshop will include demonstrations of state of the art codecs for producing events, will explore in depth the elements needed to do everything from simple one-on-one interactions to larger scale stage productions, and will highlight the latest network testing tools developed by Internet2. The workshop is designed for an audience of technologists responsible for setting up distance learning and remote interactive media events. Administrators, deans, CIOs, network and audio engineers, and other hands-on technicians are also invited to attend. Check the workshop page regularly for updated program details.
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Everyone in the world is invited to experience Megaconference VII on December 1, 2005. From the comfort of your own office, classroom, or conference room, you can tour a Christmas Market in Switzerland, look through a telescope in Australia, or hobnob with scientists in Egypt. This year's theme—Increasing Empathy Through Video Conferencing—focuses on improving understanding between individuals and cultures using videoconferencing tools. Presenters and audience members will gather from around the world using advanced networks and H.323 or SIP videoconferencing technology to discuss current projects and developments in order to further the use of videoconferencing in education and research.
This annual event, the largest, worldwide Internet videoconference, includes presentations by end-users who will discuss and demonstrate how groups use videoconferencing in real-world applications. All presentations will be fully interactive, engaging multiple sites and the audience. In addition to formal presentations, each Megaconference has fun and informal events like the Roll Call, where participants get a moment of fame to say hello to the world in their own unique and creative way. The Megaconference Cafe provides a forum for informal conversation between participants, and throughout the day there are several opportunities to win door prizes, donated by Internet2 corporate members Marratech, RADVISION, Polycom, and Codian.
The Megaconference is sponsored by the Internet2 Commons, and supported by many organizations, manufacturers, and vendors. Registration for interactive participation in the Megaconference is closed. However, anyone can watch the day-long Megaconference simulcast, courtesy of the Internet2 Commons, by visiting our streaming page from 8:00 am-11 pm EST (UTC -5) on December 1.
IBM, an Internet2 corporate partner since 1997, is working with Internet2 members and partners around the world to understand better how individuals and organizations can more quickly embrace and effectively use new technologies and applications. For IBM, Internet2 is much more than a testing ground for advanced technologies, it is also a "virtual playground" where thousands of very talented and creative people can experiment with new ways of working together in cyberspace. By doing so, the Internet2 community is demonstrating the vast potential of the Next Generation Internet, on-demand business, and collaborative innovation.
The Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) is a multi-state metaPoP consortium founded by Internet2 members Georgetown University, George Washington University, the University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech. The proximity of the MAX to Washington, D.C. places it in an advantageous location to partner with federal agencies as well as the business community and post-secondary institutions of DC, Maryland and Virginia. MAX has provided leadership position in providing advanced research network services for a large base of public sector organizations.
Internet2 and Internet2 members are participating in the annual Supercomputing conference, SC|05, 12-18 November 2005 in Seattle, Washington. The conference theme, "Gateway to Discovery," showcases how high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis have lead to advances in research, education and commerce. The Internet2 booth, #2435, in the SC|05 exhibit area will feature several demonstrations on topics such as network performance tools, security, digital video, and more. Demonstration highlights include:
- End-to-End Performance tool demonstrations, including real-time SCinet measurement
- Interdomain lightpath provisioning across HOPI and DRAGON, using UltraGrid as the example application
- Next-generation globally distributed physics analysis tools for Particle Physics and eScience research
- 3-D visual immersion in an anatomical data set
- Live e-VLBI radio astronomy demonstrations
The Arts Technology Group at NYU has been an advocate and technical integrator for Internet2 applications in the arts since the inception of Internet2. Highlights have included the first Internet2 distributed musical "The Technophobe and The Madman," international collaboration in educational theater, a series of dance/video art/music performances with UC Irvine including "Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope" in response to the events of 9/11, and some of the first uses of Internet2 for performance art.
"Trespassing Boundaries" is a collaborative performance that will be take place simultaneously in New York and in Tel Aviv on November 10, 2005, with Internet2 technology serving as a site-less location in which artists from different locations and cultural backgrounds can collaborate and exchange their various cultural histories, memories and gestures of renewal. This performance, part of Barbara Rose-Haum's "Torn Texts" series, originates in the two biblical portions that are read during the week of November 10 (Kristallnacht). Relying on the story of the tower of Babylon and the conflict between Sarah and Hagar, Trespassing Boundaries aims to recode and re-perform their mythical, and therefore limiting, systems of signification. On a set that resembles a deserted archaeological site of Jerusalem, the performance deals with concepts of longing for and destroying a home, construction and loss of national and personal identities, language as a barrier, holy texts as markers of sameness and difference, the relations between gendered territory and conquering the land, and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Click here to watch during the live broadcast on 10 November 2005, 12:30-2:00 pm EST (UTC -4).
Internet2 together with members NYSERNet and New York University have demonstrated production use of native IPv6 multicast networking on the Internet2 Abilene network, the first time this has been accomplished on a nationwide North American network. As a next-generation Internet protocol, native IPv6 multicast shares the advantages of IPv4 multicast, allowing a single source to provide content to an unlimited number of receivers without duplicating bandwidth and also allows higher bandwidth applications, such as the 40 mega-bit-per-second, better than DVD-quality video which was used in the demonstration. Over 240 research and education institutions and 34 state education networks within the Internet2 community have access to Abilene, and can now use IPv6 with peer networks in Asia and Europe, where IPv6 deployment is progressing rapidly.
The University of New Hampshire will host an Internet2 Day on 3 November 2005. Held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Granite State Distance Learning Network, this full-day program will include demonstrations, examples and presentations intended to demystify access to Internet2 and help stimulate new use. The event will feature opening remarks by Dr Lyonel B. Tracy, Commissioner, Department of Education, and a letter from New Hampshire Governor John Lynch. Internet2 Arts and Humanities program manager Ann Doyle will provide an overview of Internet2 initiatives and applications, and James Werle of Internet2's K20 Initiative will speak about the uses of Internet2 in the K-12 community.
Internet2 Day attendees will have the opportunity to explore the wealth of learning experiences available through innovative applications that include interactive videoconferencing, remote instrumentation, and shared work environments—including a virtual trip to the Cincinnati Zoo.
Internet2 affiliate member NYSERNet, the New York State Education and Research Network, has accomplished a transformation from dependence on carrier circuits to control of transport, beginning with a fiber deployment for the research and education, medical, and cultural communities in New York City, and then building a statewide dense wavelength division multiplexing optical infrastructure. NYSERNet has also created a carrier-neutral collocation facility in Manhattan, home of the Manhattan Landing (MAN LAN) high-performance exchange point for U.S. and international research and education networks, and a node of the National LambdaRail infrastructure. NYSERNet and New York's nine Public Broadcasting Service stations have established a partnership and plan to use a statewide lambda as a station interconnect to enable the development and delivery of educational content.
Individuals from more than two dozen Internet2 members were part of teams that demonstrated cutting-edge networked applications and middleware at the iGrid 2005 workshop held in San Diego, California. Planned and hosted by UCSD, Calit2, and the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at UIC, iGrid 2005 showcased more than four dozen real-time application demonstrations from 20 countries. iGrid 2005 was a coordinated effort aimed at accelerating the use of multi-10Gb international and national networks to advance scientific research. At its core, this burgeoning cyberinfrastructure has new architectural approaches to next-generation internet design and development using optical networking. Biennial/triennial iGrid collaborative events showcase ongoing global collaborations in middleware development and applications research that require high-performance multi-gigabit networks.
GridChem: An Application Oriented Computational Grid, will be held on 10 October 2005, from 1-5 pm EDT (UTC-4), at the Ohio Supercomputer Center in Columbus, Ohio. With the computational chemistry community's growing demand for grid computing, the GridChem project is responding to the needs of these researchers by enhancing the cyber-infrastructure. An easy-to-use interface now lowers the usage barrier far beyond anything imagined to date and provides that interface to the entire community. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to showcase the Computational Chemistry Grid (CCG) during our Access Grid event, as well as in our various activities at Supercomputing 2005 (SC05)." said John Connolly, GridChem principal investigator. "We invite researchers from all disciplines to see how CCG makes grid computing more accessible." In addition to the AG event, GridChem will host a "Birds of a Feather" meeting on 15 November and a workshop on 18 November at SCI05 in Seattle. The GridChem partners with SC booths will display posters and give demonstrations of the GridChem client. GridChem partners include the Center for Computational Sciences/University of Kentucky, Center for Computation and Technology/Louisiana State University, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)/University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ohio Supercomputer Center, and Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)/University of Texas. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation NMI Program under Award #04-38312.