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.
The Internet2 Middleware Initiative is pleased to announce the release of Grouper version 2.0. This release features significant enhancements for groups management and role-based access control. Learn more about the new Grouper release. Please join us on Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011, for a webinar highlighting the new Grouper release, titled "Get Schooled on the New Grouper 2.0." All are welcome.
The U.S. UCAN Task Force on Community Anchor Network Economic Models, charged with developing sustainable business models for connecting community anchor institutions to affordable broadband services, has released its final report. The report offers recommendations and proposes several alternative models to help state, regional and national research and education networks address the challenges of providing advanced research and education applications to community anchor institutions across the nation.
Berkeley Lab and Internet2 have announced plans to build one of the world’s fastest and most advanced scientific networks. The new network will be built for the DOE by Berkeley Lab’s ESnet for its Advanced Networking Initiative, a $62M American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. ESnet and Internet2 will work together to construct and operate the new 100 Gbps ANI prototype network using one of the first national-scale deployments of 100 Gigabit Ethernet technology. The ANI prototype network will significantly increase the information-carrying capacity of ESnet’s present network, which uses 10 Gbps technology.
The National Science Foundation's Science360 iPad app was named Best Free iPad App of the Week by iPad Insight. App content is "a mixture of NSF-produced items and material gathered from scientists, universities, and NSF science and engineering centers," including high-resolution images and streaming video from NSF-funded institutions and breaking news on the latest scientific discoveries.
The community is invited to participate in a survey about the Grouper Groups Management Toolkit. The survey is intended to help inform the Grouper team of the requirements of both current and potential users. Your ideas are valued and your participation is appreciated, whether or not you are currently a Grouper user. The Grouper survey will be open through July 11. Thanks in advance to all participants.
Community anchor institution innovator, Michael Richardson, serves students and teachers in and around Houghton, a rural, remote area of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, helping them collaborate more effectively. Michael stretches local education budgets a lot further by providing centralized technology support services, including network and Internet connectivity, security, compliance, reporting and many others. Bandwidth is a constant issue for Michael's users. He welcomes each incremental improvement, hoping to enable new technologies—both their creation and consumption—as new capabilities become a reality. Michael is a Director at Regional Educational Media Center #1, and is connected to the Internet2 Network by Michigan's Merit Network.
The Internet2 K20 Initiative, inCommon, and EDUCAUSE recently partnered with the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) to publish "Single Sign-On, Multiple Benefits: A Primer on K-12 Federated Identity Management". >The intent of the primer is to raise awareness and stimulate the adoption of federated IAM technology beyond higher education and into K–12 schools. The primer is freely available online for download and sharing.
You are invited to register for a free informational webinar about the InCommon Certificate Service, June 29 at 3pm EDT. Jack Suess, CIO at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, together with other InCommon Certificate Service subscribers from the community will lead this live webinar, which will include specifics about the service and its cost-saving potential.
Summer 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs is just around the corner! The agenda features four extended tutorials, talks and side sessions on a variety of topics, hands-on workshops, and several co-located meetings. Hosted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks from July 10-14, this meeting brings together network engineers from around the world to discuss issues facing their campuses and networks. Registration is open to all.
June 8, 2011 is World IPv6 Day as established by the Internet Society. If your organization is holding events to coincide with World IPv6 Day, and you would like to inform your fellow Internet2 members, please submit a short description of your event(s) to Ryan Bass for inclusion into a special World IPv6 Day Member Update.
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: email@example.com. 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.