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The Internet2 community will gather October 3-6 in Raleigh, North Carolina for the 2011 Internet2 Fall Member MeetingThe meeting will be hosted by MCNC, operators of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), in coordination with their annual NCREN Community Day. The theme for the Fall 2011 Internet2 Member Meeting is "Creating the Future: Collaborations and Connections." Register now!
Internet2 is now seeking 2011 IDEA Award candidates from Internet2 community institutions that demonstrate the application of advanced networking to enable transformational progress in research, scholarship, collaboration, teaching and learning by researchers, faculty, and students. This year, the IDEA awards will also add a new Student category to showcase student led projects that are having a major impact on the research and education community. Details and the submission form are available at internet2.edu/idea.
For the open source and identity management communities, a compelling line-up of seminars and conferences is happening May 22-27 in Westminster, CO. This year for the first time ever, the Jasig Spring Conference is scheduled back to back with the InCommon Advance CAMP. "Getting Started with Grouper" is the topic for one of several Jasig Supplementary Seminars.
Christi Whitworth, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) Education Director, is working to put "Smiley," the institute's 4.6m remote access radio telescope, in the hands of as many eager high school and college students as possible. And then there's the Steller Classification Online Public Exploration (SCOPE) project, where the general public can play the role of space-age discoverers and work with the astronomers at the institute's Astronomical Photographic Data Archive (APDA) to explore age-old cosmological questions by observing the heavens for themselves—from wherever they may be. In a world unconstrained by network bandwidth, Whitworth imagines daily meetings with remote students, peer tutoring enhanced with video and data streams, and helping "citizen scientists" of all ages make the connections and find the new experiences required for developing meaningful solutions in a digital world. (Photo by Matt Rose)
Internet2, Indiana University and the Clean Slate Program at Stanford University have announced the Network Development and Deployment Initiative (NDDI). The partnership will create a new network platform and complementary software to support global scientific research and will produce a revolutionary new Internet2 Network service called the Open Science, Scholarship and Services Exchange (OS3E). The service will be built using the first production deployment of OpenFlow technology, and link with international partners to deliver a global "software-defined network." The OS3E infrastructure will support multiple virtual networks, allowing network researchers to experiment with new Internet protocols and architectures, and at the same time enabling domain scientists to accelerate their research with collaborators worldwide. The new capabilities provided by NDDI and OS3E deliver an unprecedented platform to support diverse projects, ranging from the global exchanges of massive datasets from the Large Hadron Collider, radio astronomy and climate modeling experiments, to large-scale network research initiatives like the National Science Foundation’s GENI project and Princeton University's PlanetLab.
Member Meeting attendees, please help us shape future meetings by completing the online session evaluations as well as the overall meeting evaluation. Attendees who complete the meeting evaluation will be eligible to win a prize. Your feedback is important to us! Additionally, if you have been a presenter at the Spring Member Meeting, please please send an electronic version of your slides for posting to the event website to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Congratulations to the 2011 Richard Rose Award Winner, Randy Stout. Stout is the Research and Development Coordinator for Kan-Ed, where he serves as a program officer for a series of award programs to stimulate use of the Internet2 Network by K-12 and community anchor institutions. Stout has been instrumental in facilitating the development of multiple successful state-wide proposals to bring funding to community anchor institutions that enable their use of the Internet2 Network, and access to advanced applications in the delivery of their services to the public.
Participants at the Spring 2011 Internet2 Member Meeting are having their pictures taken with some very special network equipment that promises to keep research and education humming for a long time to come. Listen as Rob Vietzke, Internet2's Director of Network Services, describes some of the projects being imagined by the Internet2 community these days. With partners, Juniper Networks, Ciena Corporation and Indiana University, Internet2 is showcasing a next-generation "typical" network node at the meeting like those to be deployed across the nation as part of the Internet2 Network upgrade. Also featured in the display is the WorldView application, developed by IU GlobalNOC, provides a real-time, interactive, 3-D view of national network connections.
Internet2 R&E Network member, the Great Plains Network, is building on its history of successful regional networking and initiatives in the middleware, grid computing, and cyberinfrastructure space; it has launched a Cyberinfrastructure Program to be managed by representatives from regional and affiliate members. GPN representatives will discuss the program's development during a session on Monday at the Internet2 Member Meeting in Arlington, VA, and reporting on progress in June at the GPN Annual Meeting.
The Internet2 Commons now offers a complete cloud-based visual communications portfolio to provide “better than being there” remote collaboration for the research and education community. Learn more at the Spring Member Meeting by attending the videoconferencing and telepresence track session, or at the Internet2 Commons Forum. For updates on telepresence and the Internet2 Commons, you can also follow the Commons Blog.
Get ready for some exciting Middleware sessions at Internet2 Spring Member Meeting, on topics such as Authorization and Intelligent Design and Leveraging Cloud Services and Social Identities for Researchers: Solutions, Distractions, or Dangers? In addition to the track sessions, the working group sessions and side meetings will provide a chance to provide input and/or get involved in several ongoing projects.
Participants at the Spring 2011 Internet2 Member Meeting will have plenty of opportunities to learn the latest about U.S. UCAN. "Discover U.S. UCAN," on Monday, April 18, will provide a brief overview and discussion. A BoF group will hear about the latest work of U.S. UCAN's Task Force on Community Anchor Network Economic Models on April 19, and a BTOP Awardees Workshop on April 20 will address the importance of sharing best practices and identifying challenges.
Focus on Federation tracks include two InCommon Forums (technical and policy), an update on the refined Bronze and Silver assurance profiles, a road map on federating with NSF, and a number of other topics. See all of the Focus on Federation and Middleware track sessions at the Spring Member Meeting website.
Additionally, you can hear the latest on the InCommon Certificate Service, which provides unlimited SSL, EV, client and code signing certificates for higher ed. A Member Meeting session on April 19, 3 p.m., will be netcast and open to all.
The Internet2 Security Area will be holding several sessions at the upcoming Internet2 Spring Member Meeting, including DNS Security (DNSSEC) and Disaster Planning and Recovery BoFs Also featured will be sessions on IPv6 security, Physical Security of Advanced Network and Systems Infrastructure, as well as an update on Internet2 security activities. Details on these, and other security-related sessions, are available online.
Internet2 is pleased to announce Steve Wolff as Interim Vice President and CTO. Wolff, widely considered as one of the original architects of the Internet, will be responsible for developing a strategic technical roadmap for Internet2, to ensure the R&E community is positioned as the focal point for network technology innovation and development. Wolff will also have primary responsibility for building a portfolio of services that significantly enhance Internet2 member institutions leading edge research efforts.
The Agenda for the upcoming Summer 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs, hosted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (July 10-14) also includes 4 tutorials, 2 hands-on workshops, 6 BoFs, and 3 Working Group Meetings. Plan to come early and participate in the free tutorials on Sunday!
The Internet2 Commons now offers a complete cloud-based visual communications portfolio to provide "better than being there" remote collaboration for the research and education community. Join Internet2 Commons Manager, Ben Fineman, April 7, 2011, at 3 p.m. EST, to learn more about immersive telepresence, adding interoperability to traditional videoconferencing endpoints, and the new infrastructure and associated capabilities available through Internet2. Also learn about pricing for the new services and special discount opportunities for early adopters. Webinar attendees will gain knowledge of practical, turnkey visual communications and remote collaboration technologies, successful implementation strategies to drive adoption, and how to start leveraging the benefits of immersive visual communications. To register, please email email@example.com and include your name, title, organization, direct telephone number and email address.
Registration and lodging information for the upcoming Summer 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs, hosted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (July 10-14) is posted, along with a pdf version of the agenda. Note: the campus room block closes on Wednesday, June 8, a full month before the event!
Ciena and Internet2 have announced a partnership on a 100G national network in support of the U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project. Internet2 is significantly upgrading its national backbone network through a federal stimulus grant from the NTIA. Through its partnership with Ciena, Internet2 will increase its network’s bandwidth from approximately 100 Gigabits per second to 8.8 Terabits per second to provide the necessary capabilities to connect over 200,000 community anchor institutions nationwide as part of the U.S. UCAN project. The new network will also support the exponential growth in capacity needs by the research and the higher education community that Internet2 serves today.
Congratulations to the Megaconference Jr. planning team for pulling off another great event this year! Megaconference Jr., now in its 8th year, is an international program designed to give K-12 students from around the world the opportunity to collaborate and contribute to each other's learning in real time, using advanced multi-point videoconferencing. Megaconference Jr. addresses local and national curriculum standards in multiple subject areas. It also helps students and teachers develop the capacity to effectively utilize high-speed networks, videoconferencing and other emerging technologies to enhance learning experiences. The Internet2 community are involved in providing high-speed connectivity, videoconferencing facilities, technical support and other services to the K-12 participants.