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News from 2011: March.
News from 2009: November, October, January.
News from 2008: December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January.
Archived News: 2002-2007


March 2011


Teaching and Learning with Internet2 Symposium -- April 1

March 31, 2011

When: 8:45 am - 3:30 pm. Friday, April 1, 2011

Where: Academic Building A, G05 (Collaboratory)

Teaching and Learning with Internet2 Symposium is a video conference event being held on Friday, April 1. Information Technology Services is hosting the symposium in Academic A, Room G05 (aka, The Collaboratory). The morning keynote begins at 9:30 am. It is a panel moderated by Ann Doyle of Internet2 on the topic "Transforming Learning in Higher Education: Realizing the Possibilities." Other sessions include:

  • 10:25 am: Video Conferencing with the Library of Congress: Your Connection to Primary Sources and Special Events
  • 11:25 am: Student Teaching Observation Project
  • 1:15 pm: Prof-in-a-Box: Using Video Conferencing to Help Students in the Anatomy Dissection Lab.

The afternoon keynote is a presentation on using gaming to better connect with male students. The presentation entitled "Games 2 Learn: Bring Back the Boys" begins at 2:15 pm.

For a more complete description of the program go to http://teach-learn-internet2.blogspot.com/p/conference-agenda.html

Open to all. No reservation required.

Read more: About the Symposium


November 2009


Bytes 'n Bites - High Performance Computing: Meet the TeraGrid

November 04, 2009

When: Noon - 1:00 pm. Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Where: Science Library 210

Computer needs for today's research sometimes involve simulations that are computed on a very fine grid or involve analysis of data from very large data sets. In either case, computations may take days to complete on the computers in faculty offices or labs. The National Science Foundation recognized this trend in today's science, prompting them to fund high-performance computing centers around the country to make computational resources available to researchers. The TeraGrid is one such program. Binghamton University has recently joined the TeraGrid Campus Champions. This program provides start-up allocations and assistance to researchers who want to use resources from providers like Indiana University, LONI, NCSA, NICS, ORNL, TAAC, PSC, SDSC, NCAR, and Argonne National Labs. In addition to raw computing power and large-scale storage capabilities, a number of these centers also have pretty robust collections of Open Source software, installed and ready for use.

Join Michael Reale and Jim Wolf to explore this new opportunity for the BU research community. Faculty, research staff, and interested graduate students are encouraged to attend.

Read more: TeraGrid.org


October 2009


Netcasts from the Internet2 Annual Fall Member Meeting, October 5-8, 2009

October 05, 2009

The Internet2 community will meet in San Antonio, Texas from October 5-8, 2009 to hold its annual Fall Member Meeting. The overarching theme for this meeting is "Collaborations and Resource Sharing in Research and Education: How the economic crisis is fueling the expansion of networking technology, fostering global communities, and driving social change."

Several meeting sessions will also be netcast for worldwide viewing. For access to live streams, additional information as well as archived sessions, visit here (keep in mind that times listed are in CDT).

We will be showing some of these streams on our campus in Academic Building A, Room G005 (collaboratory) this Wednesday, October 7th. All are welcome! (Times below are in EDT.)

(12:00 - 12:45) Social Networking & Collaboration Tools in Transition: A Scorecard
(please note that this will only be 45 minutes of the complete presentation)

The presentation will focus on emerging technologies that support collaboration at a research university by creating a scorecard that will be issued twice a year. The scorecard will review the top 20 social networking and collaboration tools offered by the top 20 higher education vendors. Additionally, the scorecard will highlight the top 20 collaboration applications being offered to support user communities at research universities. The presentation will provide the foundation necessary for higher education professionals (faculty, IT Professionals, Librarians and administrators) to understand the Web 3.0 world that is quickly transitioning to Cloud based computing. The presentation will provide facts to support the next steps necessary to ensure the best solutions are selected to support faculty and students.

(2:15 - 3:30) Innovative Layer 3 State R&E Network Architectures

This session will focus on architectures, technologies and protocols used by innovative state R&E networks to provide layer 3 services to their members. David Merrifield will discuss economical solutions such as how ARE-ON is using VRFs and multiple BGP sessions with their members for traffic engineering and redundancy purposes. Akbar Kara will cover the drivers and technologies used in the creation of LEARNs new flexible layer 3 infrastructure. Debbie Montano will discuss IP/MPLS and additional architectures used by other advanced state R&E networks.

(4:00 - 5:00) Glasnost or Tyranny? You can have Secure and Open Networks!

Today's colleges and university network is supporting more services than ever before - from collaboration and course delivery to student information systems, and portals -- you name it - the network does it. Many of these services are predicated on an Open network where users access services, exchange information and work to advance learning outcomes. Network managers are challenged with supporting these open connections while at the same time, ensuring the network, databases, applications, web pages, etc are protected from malicious behavior. Can these two seemingly contradicting goals be accomplished? In this session, AT&T will review how colleges and universities can use techniques such as traffic netflow analysis to identify and mitigate security vulnerabilities such as the Storm Worm, Conficker.C, and DDOS. Coupled with strong premise-based security, traffic netflow analysis can provide colleges and universities a comprehensive approach to protecting their infrastructure while enabling the openness needed to support today's students, faculty and staff.

Read more: Internet2 Fall 2009 Member Meeting - Netcast Information


January 2009


Internet2 Supports Online Viewing of Obama Inauguration

January 20, 2009

The inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009, is expected to be one of the most widely viewed events in history both on televised networks and on the Internet. The Internet2 community is working to provide special services and support to enable institutions connected to the Internet2 Network the ability to view the inauguration festivities in the highest quality possible.

Since 2000 Northwestern University, in partnership with Video Furnace, has been providing live multicast streams of C-SPAN content to the Internet2 community. The Metropolitan Research and Education Network (MREN) provides Northwestern with multicast connectivity to the Internet2 backbone, where any multicast-enabled institution should be able to receive the streams via its regional network connector. C-SPAN will provide live coverage of the inauguration beginning at 6 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

The Northwestern C-SPAN streams are available for Mac OS X, Linux, Windows,and Intel Solaris clients at http://www.i2-multicast.northwestern.edu/. Technical information and answers to frequently asked questions are available at that site.

Read more: HPCwire

Why 2008 Was a Milestone Year for IPv6

January 20, 2009

The beginning of the year saw IPv6 added to the DNS root, closing a major hole for IPv6-only communication. In mid-year, the US federal government's IPv6 mandate came into effect, requiring all federal IP backbones to support IPv6. While the mandate didn't have anywhere near the effect that many had hoped for, it did spur many vendors to add IPv6 support to their products. The amount of observed IPv6 traffic increased considerably, but we still lack good data for how much IPv6 is being used.

So, where were we at the end of 2008? I'd like to present a few metrics...

Read more: CircleID

Technology, Tradition Merge in Obama Ceremony

January 20, 2009

Several million people are expected to gather today on the National Mall in Washington to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president, and millions more will watch it live on TV.

But if you have to be in the office today — or if TV is too 20th century for your tastes — you might have the option of watching streaming video of the swearing-in via the Internet.

Northwestern University is providing multicast streams of live C-SPAN coverage of inaugural activities for members of the Internet2 community. IP multicasting enables distribution of multiple data streams without establishing individual connections, thereby improving quality without degrading the performance of traditional Internet connections.

Read more: Government Computer News

Virginia Announces K-12 Broadband Speed Test

January 14, 2009

Virginia public schools are getting a head start thanks to a new K-12 Broadband Speed Map, conceptualized by Virginia's Secretary of Technology, Aneesh Chopra, and developed by engineers from the eCorridors program at Virginia Tech.

The broadband speed map allows school administrators to test their school's Internet speed capabilities and easily report findings to the Secretary of Technology's office. The information collected through this process will assist government leaders in assessing the needs of each public school and targeting resources accordingly. "Ensuring that every student in Virginia's public schools has high quality access to the Internet is something that we have been striving for," explains Chopra, "Together with eCorridors, we have created an easy to use diagnostic tool that will help us isolate areas of need and provide the basis for strategic resource allocation."

"The broadband test is quite simple to conduct with just a couple of mouse clicks," explains Brenda van Gelder, director of the eCorridors program, "The Web application utilizes the Internet2 network diagnostic tool testing engine that also support eCorridors' statewide broadband speed map that was launched in 2006." Users can test their school's Internet upload and download speeds, view the results, and report the information, all within seconds.

Read more: Government Technology

FSCC Implements IPv6 Protocol

January 8, 2009

Fort Scott Community College has rolled out a new network service across their six major campuses. All student and public lab machines have full Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) connectivity to other IPv6 resources around the world. FSCC's DNS and Web servers now use the protocol as well, and anyone at an IPv6 institution around the world who goes to the college website will be served up the pages using IPv6. This milestone puts FSCC ahead of all Kansas universities and even most Internet2 universities across the country in terms of IPv6 adoption.

IPv6 is the newest iteration of the Internet protocol for packet-switched networks. Although IPv4 is still the predominant protocol connecting nearly all Internet connected PCs, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has designated IPv6 as version 4's successor.

Read more: Joplin Independent


December 2008


Level 3 Provides Primary Connectivity for Texas Education Telecommunications Network

December 27, 2008

Level 3 Communications, Inc. today announced that it has been selected as the primary provider of network services by the Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN). Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Level 3 will deliver high-speed IP and colocation services to TETN. This agreement enables Texas' education service centers and their K-12 schools to access Level 3's scalable high-speed Internet services, leveraging the high-volume pricing available through TETN.

"This is a landmark project in the state of Texas, and pooling the combined resources of the educational system enabled us to develop a highly robust network with economies of scale, which we couldn't have achieved alone," said Carol Willis, general manager of TETN. "We selected Level 3 because of its deep relationships and trusted reputation in the research and education community for quality and a consultative approach to providing reliable services and end-to-end scalability."

TETN's mission is to facilitate communications among educational entities throughout Texas, improve student performance and increase efficiency of educational operations. TETN provides video conferencing and data transport services in support of education and enables access to the Internet2 Network through its collaboration and connection to the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN).

Read more: PR-CANADA.net

High Energy Physics Team Sets New Data-Transfer World Records

December 9, 2008

Caltech's exhibit at SC08 by the High Energy Physics (HEP) group and the Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR) demonstrated new applications and systems for globally distributed data analysis for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, along with Caltech's global monitoring system MonALISA (http://monalisa.caltech.edu) and its collaboration system EVO (Enabling Virtual Organizations; http://evo.caltech.edu), together with near real-time simulations of earthquakes in the Southern California region, experiences in time-domain astronomy with Google Sky, and recent results in multiphysics multiscale modeling. A highlight of the exhibit was the HEP team's record-breaking demonstration of storage-to-storage data transfers over wide area networks from a single rack of servers on the exhibit floor. The high-energy physics team's demonstration of "High Speed LHC Data Gathering, Distribution and Analysis Using Next Generation Networks" achieved a bidirectional peak throughput of 114 gigabits per second (Gbps) and a sustained data flow of more than 110 Gbps among clusters of servers on the show floor and at Caltech, Michigan, CERN (Geneva), Fermilab (Batavia), Brazil (Rio de Janiero, São Paulo), Korea (Daegu), Estonia, and locations in the US LHCNet network in Chicago, New York, Geneva, and Amsterdam.

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The record-setting demonstration was made possible through the use of 12 10-Gbps wide-area network links to SC08 provided by SCinet; National LambdaRail (6); Internet2 (3); ESnet; Pacific Wave; and the Cisco Research Wave, with onward connections provided by CENIC in California; the TransLight/StarLight link to Amsterdam; SURFNet (Netherlands) to Amsterdam and CERN; and CANARIE (Canada) to Amsterdam; as well as CENIC, Atlantic Wave and Florida LambdaRail to Gainesville and Miami; US Net to Chicago and Sunnyvale; Gloriad and KreoNet2 to Daegu in Korea; GÉANT to Estonia; and the WHREN link, co-operated by FIU and the Brazilian RNP and ANSP networks, to reach the Tier2 centers in Rio and São Paulo.

Read more: PHYSORG.com


November 2008


2008 ORION Awards - Celebrating Ontario's Contribution to Research, Teaching and Learning

November 6, 2008

International research collaborations and innovations that are transforming medical training and film production, and taking teaching and learning to the next level in virtual environments, are being recognized with Ontario's annual ORION Awards.

Presented at the "Powering Innovation: A National Summit" conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre today, the ORION Awards recognize achievements in Ontario research, education and scientific discovery.

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Winner of the ORION Learning Award of Merit, Alice (Experiments) in Wonderland - A Convergent Telematic Performance is a cross-border collaboration that is pioneering a new form of theatre, using a blend of live and virtual elements in real time over advanced networks. Students from the University of Waterloo, the University of Central Florida and Bradley University in Illinois collaborated to perform the play for both local and remote audiences in a live performance that bridged hundreds of kilometers over ORION, CANARIE and Internet2. Over 100 faculty, students and staff were involved in the ground-breaking experiment.

Read more: CNW Group

Binghamton University to Participate in MegaConference X!

November 6, 2008

We invite you to join us on Thursday, November 6th, from 7:15am to 10:00am and 1:15pm to 8:00pm, in Academic Building A, Room G005 (Collaboratory), for the world's largest videoconference, MegaConference!

The MegaConference is an outcome of a tremendous amount of volunteer effort and good will, with the goal of connecting people together everywhere on Earth. This will be the tenth year in a row that the MegaConference has been run.

Speakers from across the globe share their latest real-world uses of H.323 videoconferencing (for research and education) and other compatible systems, while using these videoconferencing systems to do so.

What's "Mega" about it: a system of distributed, H.323 and other compatible multipoint control units (MCUs) located around the world will be cascaded together to create a cutting-edge Internet videoconference infrastructure.

The highlights of the MegaConference event will include a series of presentations from across the World including countries such as Slovenia, India, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Croatia, Egypt, Pakistan, Canada, United States, Australia, and China.

All are welcome, so come to any of the events that interest you (the list of events can be found here; keep in mind that we will not be showing the events from 10:00am to 1:15pm) or come to the whole thing!

We hope to see you there!

Read more: MegaConference

Executive Director Drew Clark to Provide Legislative Update on Broadband Data Improvement Act

November 3, 2008

Drew Clark, Editor and Executive Director of BroadbandCensus.com, will speak in Silicon Valley on Thursday, November 6, at the summit on broadband data sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Clark, the journalist who launched BroadbandCensus.com in January 2008 as a means of providing the public with an objective measure of where broadband is available and which carriers offer it, was invited to speak at the "Broadband Summit: Connecting America." The joint FCC-NARUC summit is co-located with the Wireless Communications Association Symposium and Business Expo in San Jose, Calif.

Clark will provide a "Legislative Update: Broadband Mapping Bill," from 12:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. He will speak in particular about the Broadband Data Improvement Act, S. 1492, which passed Congress and was signed into law by President Bush on Friday, October 10. He will also address other versions of broadband data legislation.

Read more: BroadbandCensus.com

HEC's Advanced Network for Researchers Fully Operational

November 1, 2008

The advanced Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), launched by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) that is connected to global Research and Education Networks (RENs) including the Internet2 of USA, Asia-Pacific Advanced Network of continents of Asia and Australia, and GÉANT2 network of National RENs of European countries, is fully operational for use by researchers, academicians and students who may initiate activities and projects with international collaborations.

This link is a result of joint efforts of the HEC and the National Science Foundation of USA who equally co-funded a dedicated link from PERN to Internet2.

Read more: Associated Press of Pakistan


October 2008


Cyberinfrastructure Tools Improve Remote Use of Scientific Instruments

October 31, 2008

Ohio's academic and industrial researchers now can share some of the state's most valuable and expensive scientific instruments via the Internet, thanks to cyberinfrastructure tools developed by engineers and researchers at the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

OSC's remote instrumentation cyberinfrastructure provides a trio of services: Web portals to provide access to multiple researchers; robust networking to provide fast and efficient transmission of data; and mass storage ro allow data archiving and subsequent retrieval.

"Our goal is to foster research and training activities that can drastically shorten the innovation process in fields such as materials modeling and cancer research," said Prasad Calyam, Ph.D. a senior systems developer at OSC. "Such a service also improves user convenience, significantly reduces costs, and, ultimately, decreases duplication of instrumentation investments."

Read more: newswise.com

Oak Ridge, Georgetown Join Forces To Bolster Biomedical Data Analysis

October 31, 2008

Against the backdrop of the expanding computational needs of biomedical research, Georgetown University Medical Center has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory that gives its researchers access to ORNL's considerable computational resources to support systems biology research.

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ORNL has a broad range of hardware, storage, and networking resources that can be leveraged to solve problems of particular interest to the scientific community.

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The ORNL campus is connected to every major research network at rates of 10 gigabits/s or greater. Connections into ORNL include TeraGrid, Internet2, ESnet, and Cheetah at 10 gigabits/s as well as UltraScienceNet and National Lambda Rail at 20 gigabits/s. ORNL operates the Cheetah research network for the National Science Foundation and the UltraScience Net research network for the Department of Energy.

Read more: bio1nf0rm

NEC Successfully Conducts a Trans-Pacific Demonstration of Programmable Flow Switch Prototypes to Enable Future Internet Innovations

October 29, 2008

NEC Corporation today announced the successful development of a programmable flow switch prototype that promises to assist research and advancement of future Internet progress. NEC succeeded in demonstrating the switches' cutting edge network capability through international R&D networks that include JGN2plus(*1), TransPAC2(*2) and the Internet2(*3).

The technology will be exhibited at a joint demonstration with Stanford University and others, at the 3rd GENI Engineering Conference being held in Palo Alto, California, USA, from October 28 through 30, 2008.

The programmable flow switch allows researchers to openly experiment with new technological ideas and share the results. It can be used to program how switches on the Internet direct packets of data, even when those devices have no overt programming interface.

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Systems that feature programmable flow switches may conduct switching and controlling functionalities separately, while control servers incorporate integrated control middleware for network, computer and storage systems. For example, the switches are expected to contribute to "cloud computing," in which users harness remote networked computers to provide computational resources.

Read more: International Business Times

Unicon Announces Services for Shibboleth Federating Software for Secure Single Sign On and Authentication

October 28, 2008

Unicon, Inc., the leading provider of open source software consulting services for the education market, today announced it is providing implementation, integration, and customization services for the Shibboleth(R) System, a standards based, open source software package for Web single sign-on across or within organizational boundaries. As security, privacy, and identity theft grows more prevalent throughout the Internet, it is important that academic institutions have the technologies, tools, and solutions to implement state-of-the-art safeguards for its students, faculty, and administrators. Unicon's higher education services group is experienced with implementing secure authentication and identity management solutions based on open source technologies, including JASIG's Central Authentication Service (CAS). Shibboleth and CAS can be highly complementary solutions by providing both localized secure authentication as well as meeting federated standards.

"We're pleased that a company with Unicon's extensive experience and strong reputation will now be offering services for Shibboleth," said Ken Klingenstein, Director of the Internet2 Middleware and Security Initiative. "Unicon is already a leader in implementing open source solutions for higher education institutions. This move will be a great benefit to the Shibboleth community and also for organizations needing commercial services for their Shibboleth implementation."

Read more: MarketWatch

NSF Enables Pakistan to Connect to Global Research Community through New High Speed Link

October 28, 2008

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) applaud the creation of a functional U.S.-Pakistan network connection. This connection was "inaugurated" last week during the Internet2 Emerging National Research and Education Networks ("NREN") session at the Fall Internet2 meeting in New Orleans.

Representatives from the HEC in Pakistan participated in the meeting via a 155Mbps connection from Islamabad to the TEIN2 network, the NSF- funded TransPAC2 network, and the Internet2 network. The virtual participants from Pakistan were joined by virtual participants from Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt, India, Ecuador, Chile and Sweden.

"This represents a major milestone in the development of physical network connectivity between Pakistan and the global scientific community," said Arden L. Bement, Jr., director of the National Science Foundation. "I applaud the diligent and sustained efforts of technologists and governments in the U.S., Europe and Pakistan needed to make this vision a reality. Now we must continue those efforts toward our true goal of enhancing global research and education collaborations."

Read more: National Science Foundation

Network Merger to Benefit UVa

October 27, 2008

The University of Virginia is among several colleges that will benefit from an agreement to combine two specialized high-speed networks focused on academic research and higher education.

The agreement combines the two regional networks - the Mid-Atlantic Terascale Partnership (MATP) and the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) - expanding access to network infrastructures for members of each, according to Mike McPherson, UVa associate vice president and deputy chief information officer.

"It is a collaborative agreement to provide more and better services to our members," McPherson said.

Universities in Virginia, Maryland and Washington use the two regional networks.

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MAPT and MAX link into a pair of larger networks - LambdaRail and Internet2 respectively - used by research universities, corporate research partners, government agencies and federal labs around the world.

Read more: DailyProgress.com

Unicon Hosts Open Source Showcase at EDUCAUSE Featuring Industry Experts from uPortal, Sakai, and Shibboleth

October 21, 2008

Unicon, Inc., the leading provider of open source software consulting services for the education market, today announced a schedule of C-level technology briefings to be delivered during the EDUCAUSE 2008 Conference October 28-31, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The twenty-minute briefings, followed by a 10 minute Q&A, will be delivered by experts from prominent open source organizations, technologists at leading educational institutions, as well as corporate presenters from Cisco and Oracle. Open source platforms covered include: Central Authentication Service (CAS), the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment, the Shibboleth Federating Software, and the uPortal open source Web portal initiative. All technology briefings will take place at the Unicon booth # 850 in the Orange County Convention Center.

Read more: MarketWatch

Indiana Universities Leading Broadband Investments On- and Off-Campus

October 21, 2008

Universities in Indiana are seeking to stay ahead of a potential traffic jam in broadband demand through investments in broadband infrastructure, cutting-edge research and rural connectivity in the Hoosier state.

According to a recent study by EDUCAUSE, U.S. universities are at the leading edge of an explosion in broadband supply and demand: availability at research institutions increased by 60% in 2007.

A network of universities in Indiana has set out to build one of the world's premier fiber networks known as I-Light. It would support enhanced internet access in Indiana beyond university campuses, too.

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The resulting I-Light network would also connect the universities to the global Internet2 network, which continues to be managed by the Global Research Network Operations Center at Indiana University.

Read more: BroadbandCensus.com

Center Established To Offer Online Medical Education And Videoconferencing To World's Physicians

October 18, 2008

The University System of Ohio is soon to be a global hub for online medical education and videoconferencing following a decision to fund the creation of a resource center in Columbus.

"The Ohio Telehealth Video Resource Center will establish Ohio as a center of excellence worldwide in videoconferencing technologies and, at the same time, contribute to the improved health and well-being of countless people throughout world," said Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

Telehealth is the practice of using telecommunication equipment and computing technology to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, health care administration and public health interests.

Read more: Medical News TODAY

Advanced Network Performance Suite to Manage Collider Data

October 15, 2008

The U.S. research community that will be working with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the new particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland - is adopting a new suite of network-performance tools to help manage the terabytes of data that will be produced by the experiments.

This deployment marks the first major implementation in this country of perfSONAR, the product of a global collaboration by educational and research organizations in the United States that includes the Energy Department's ESnet, Internet2, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the University of Delaware.

The perfSONAR adopters are members of the U.S. LHC ATLAS community, led by Brookhaven National Laboratory. ATLAS is a particle physics experiment of the LHC at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). When the particle accelerator goes into full operation next spring, scientists will be transmitting or downloading about two terabytes of data within four-hour windows every few weeks, in addition to the continuous multigigabit flows that will be maintained between LHC sites.

Read more: Government Computer News

Internet2 Leverages Dynamic Circuits for Uncompressed HD Video, UltraGrid

October 15, 2008

The first uncompressed high-definition videoconference application over a dynamic circuit network (DCN) is being showcased at this week's annual Internet2 Fall Member Meeting in New Orleans. The demo will showcase the use of "iHDTV" software to host a live tour of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Control Center in France.

Developed by the ResearchChannel and the University of Washington, iHDTV will be used to stream uncompressed 1080i high-definition video between the conference floor in New Orleans and LHC's Control Center at CERN in Prevessin, France. The technology interoperates internationally across three DCN network domains including the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), Internet2 and US LHCNet.

At the conference, Internet2 and its partners also plan to highlight the use of UltraGrid high-definition video technology. Initially developed via a NSF grant to University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute, the UltraGrid application has is now primarily developed by the Laboratory of Advanced Networking Technologies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic and is supported by CESNET. The technology will link Louisiana State University (LSU) Professor Thomas Sterling to students located in Brno, Czech Republic to showcase how advanced virtual collaboration technology can revolutionize the global educational environment. The video will also utilize international DCN connections across multiple circuit domains including LONI, Internet2 and the GÉANT2 AutoBAHN networks.

[Editor's note: the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting is already past, but you can still watch this event here; look for the General Session that ran on Wednesday (October 15th) from 8:45am to 10:00am.]

Read more: Converge! Network Digest

Internet2 Annual Fall Meeting Netcasts to be shown in Academic Building A Collaboratory!

October 14-16, 2008

The Internet2 Member Meeting will be streamed out live October 14th through 16th! We will be showing some these netcasts in the Academic Building A Collaboratory (G005) on October 14th and 15th:

  • Tuesday (October 14th)
    • 2:15pm - 3:30pm: R&E Network Models Around the World : Today and Tomorrow
    • 8:00pm - 9:30pm: Internet2 Network Members & Connectors/RONs BoF
  • Wednesday (October 15th)
    • 9:45am - 11:00am: General Session - includes:
      • The Importance of Cyberinfrastructure for Higher Education
      • An iHDTV Peek Behind the Scenes at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider)
    • 2:15pm - 3:30pm: Conversations and Civic Engagement: Empowering Students using Internet2
    • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Using DCN (Dynamic Circuit Networks): RONs and Campuses
    • 5:30pm - 6:30pm: Real-World Experiences in Virtual Reality

If you can't make it or we didn't show a netcast you'd like to see, you can still watch the netcasts on your desktop here as they go live! (Please note that the times on that page are in CDT, while the times listed here are in EST.)

We hope to see you there!

Read more: Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting

NTNC Selects Infinera for Multi-State Research Network:
Consortium Network Links Institutions From Seattle to Chicago

October 13, 2008

The Northern Tier Network Consortium (NTNC) has selected Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) for a regional optical network linking 9 states from Washington to Illinois. The new network will provide the 27 member universities with the speed, flexibility and intelligence of Infinera's Digital Optical Networks.

With endpoints in Seattle, Washington and Chicago, Illinois, the Northern Tier Network Consortium network links the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. The new network will be used to provide multi-wavelength networking resources to researchers at member institutions and to provide connectivity to the nationwide Internet2 network.

The NTNC Consortium members chose Infinera for the system's flexibility in meeting the needs of the research community and its ease of service delivery. With Infinera's photonic integrated circuits (PICs), which integrate 60 optical devices on a pair of chips each less than 5 mm wide, the Infinera optical system provides 100 Gigabits/second of capacity on every line card. In addition, the intelligence of Infinera's GMPLS-powered network operating system makes the Infinera system easy and quick to install and add capacity.

Read more: MarketWatch

Esurance, MPG Back New Ad-Supported Video Service: Provide Pay TV Series Free To College Kids

October 13, 2008

In a first-of-its-kind test of a new ad-supported online video distribution system, students at some of America's leading universities will get to watch premium TV shows from Paramount's Showtime network for free. The programming, including series like "Dexter," "The Tudors," and "Californiacation," normally are available only to subscribers who pay monthly cable or satellite TV fees, but they are being made available for free to students who agree to watch ads on a the new online service, Kazam, being tested at schools such as New York's Columbia University, and Indiana's Perdue University. Among the advertisers participating in the test is online insurance broker Esurance, which struck the unusual sponsorship deal as part of a series of meetings its media shop, MPG, held with a variety of interactive vendors in New York several weeks ago.

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Levav says the power of the system is that it utilizes the so-called Internet2 infrastructure found on many advanced college campus Internet backbones. That infrastructure allows data providers to "multicast" content in a more efficient way than via traditional "unicast" networks, enabling them to deliver bandwidth-hungry content such as high-quality video programming at times when servers and browsers aren't maxed out with other higher priority data. The concept isn't new. It's been around for at least ten years, but still hasn't found the kind of commercial marketplace that would enable to create a material business model for the ad community. But because the Kazam system also enables programmers to feed relatively personalized content to users - say an episode of "Dexter" for one student, or a Discovery Channel show for another, or even a Sports Illustrated swimsuit special for a third - it also allows advertisers to feed "contextually relevant" advertising messages to those users when and where they may have the most optimal effect.

Read more: MediaPost

Internet Connections Help ISU Reseachers

October 10, 2008

Internet connections at Idaho State University could help scientists understand the local effect of global warming.

Professors at the university are trying to understand how warm temperatures will affect local water systems, which requires sending huge computer files to scientists across the state and country. Colden Baxter, asst. biology professor explained, "It connects our research with the rest of the world." And it does so at high speeds.

Internet2 and Frontridge Gigapop allow reseachers to easily videoconference, and share information from virtually any computer. Which saves a lot of time compared to the old way of sending data. Baxter said, "I've gone so far as to put that kind of information on hardware and mailed it. It's sometimes more efficient."

Using the new system reseachers are able to transfer gigabytes of data almost instantly-compared to several hours in the past depending on your internet connection.

Read more: KIDK.com

Idaho Connects to the National High-performance Computer Network

October 9, 2008

With a flick of a switch, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter launched the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) GigaPoP connection in Boise Oct. 9. This GigaPoP is Idaho's connection to the nation's ultra high-speed research computer network -- the National Lambda Rail.

IRON connects state government, research institutions, education and health care facilities across Idaho. More importantly, it enables Idaho researchers to collaborate on regional, national and international research projects by providing the foundation to link Idaho to Internet2 and the National Lambda Rail. These are the high-speed national computer network infrastructures that run over fiber-optic lines connecting the United States from coast to coast and internationally including Europe, Asia, Central and South America.

Read more: KPVI.com

Five Ann Arbor IT Companies to Add Nearly 1,000 Jobs in 10 Years

October 9, 2008

After a series of expansion announcements this year, Ann Arbor's information technology sector has reasserted its role as the region's top job growth engine.

Five IT companies with existing local offices and one outside firm this year have revealed plans to add nearly 1,000 jobs over the next few years. Together, that would equal almost double the number of employees that Google has today at its AdWords headquarters in Ann Arbor.

"It's probably the strongest of the technology sectors in Ann Arbor, and sometimes we lose sight of that," said Michael Finney, CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Washtenaw County's economic development organization.

Read more: mlive.com

Internet2 Creates 85 Jobs in Ann Arbor, Looks to Add a Few More

October 9, 2008

The laws of supply and demand at their most basic are working in favor of Internet2.

The Ann Arbor-based non-profit started with four people a dozen years ago. It had a the simple premise of providing high-performance networks for higher education and research labs. Today it has grown to 85 people and a handful of interns, picking up the slack that traditional companies couldn't provide.

"It turned out they weren't able to do that because the growth of the Internet was so rapid," says Douglas Van Houweling, CEO of Internet2.

Read more: concentrate

InCommon Reaches Major Expansion Milestone

October 8, 2008

InCommon(R), the first nationwide identity and access management federation for higher education, today announced that its community now includes 107 institutional participants and over two million end users.

This major milestone highlights the rapid adoption of federation trust principals and technologies that improve security and provide a better individual experience. Through a federation, organizations can provide access to online resources, but individuals only need one "home" account. Because federation members agree to certain policies and standards-based technologies, this arrangement also preserves a user's privacy.

"As the educational environment has evolved with the advent of networked resources and distance learning technologies, our community increasingly relies upon complex resource partnerships to achieve its missions," said Clair Goldsmith, Special Assistant for Information Technology of the University of Texas System, and chair of the governing InCommon steering committee. "The research and education community is thrilled with the growth of InCommon and federated identity as it allows our campuses both large and small to have greater control over our users' personal information while at the same time providing us a more scalable and secure means to share online materials and critical applications."

Read more: The Earth Times

Bytes 'n Bites Forum: Videoconferencing from Binghamton

October 8, 2008

Bytes 'n Bites is a casual forum for discussion of technology issues for the Binghamton University community. Bring your lunch, your questions, and your comments.

Videoconferencing is a powerful tool, facilitating communication in situations where an in-person meeting would be difficult and/or expensive. At Binghamton University, we have resources and equipment available for those who wish to utilize videoconferencing. In this session of Bytes n' Bites, we invite you to experience videoconferencing first-hand: we will have a four-way Multipoint call with the Collaboratory (AA-G005), the Telecommunications Conference Room, the University Downtown Campus (UDC), and the office of Dr. James Wolf.

There will also be a brief presentation of the capabilities of the equipment on campus as well as how to schedule a full semester class or a single event, followed by discussion and questions.

  • When: Noon - 1:00 pm. Wednesday, October 8, 2008
  • Where: Academic Building A G005 -OR- University Downtown Campus (UDC) 201

We hope to see you there!

Read more: Information Technology Services

Intercast Networks Expands Kazam Video Service to Universities Across the US

October 7, 2008

Intercast Networks, the pioneer in personalized video delivery to storage, announces the expansion of its free Kazam video service to a select number of US university campuses with more to follow in the coming weeks.

Following a successful spring semester alpha trial at Columbia and, in which students validated the service, Kazam has redesigned the UI based on student's feedback and partnered with many new content providers to create a channel lineup that specifically caters to the student audience. The beta service will be available via the next-generation Internet2 Network for Internet2 university members that want to participate in the service. The network provides advanced IP multicast capabilities and connects over 50,000 U.S. research and education institutions today.

In addition Kazam now provides targeted and dynamic ad serving from storage capabilities to allow for the monetization of video content in online and offline viewing mode. Kazam's ad platform is integrated with DoubleClick DART Enterprise for campaign management, ad trafficking, ad tracking and reporting.

Read more: IT News Online

County to Get Full Broadband Coverage by 2010

October 6, 2008

FairPoint Communications plans to bring full broadband Internet coverage to Middlebury, Salisbury and Vergennes by the end of 2010, marking the complete coverage of high-speed Internet access for all of Addison County [Vermont].

The other two telephone and Internet service providers in the county - Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom, which serves towns in the northern and eastern part of Addison County, and Shoreham Telephone, which serves towns in the southwest quadrant of the county - have already established full broadband access for their service areas.

Full coverage of the high-speed, or broadband, Internet access is good news for Addison County businesses, which will be able to take full advantage of the Internet's capabilities. Faster service can mean more productivity, access to more customers and services, better jobs, and opportunities for telecommuting.

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FairPoint is also building a "next generation" IP - "Internet Protocol" - network that the company says will be the foundation for supporting applications like virtual private networking for business customers, Internet2 for higher education as well as residential television and high-speed Internet.

Read more: Addison County Independent

This is Your Grid on Brains

October 2, 2008

Managing power networks in the future may involve a little more brain power than it does today, if researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology succeed in a new project that involves literally tapping brain cells grown on networks of electrodes.

The Missouri S&T group, working with researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, plans to use the brain power to develop a new method for tracking and managing the constantly changing levels of power supply and demand.

Led by Dr. Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, the researchers will use living neural networks composed of thousands of brain cells from laboratory rats to control simulated power grids in the lab. From those studies, the researchers hope to create a "biologically inspired" computer program to manage and control complex power grids in Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria and elsewhere.

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The Missouri S&T team will work with researchers at Georgia Tech's Laboratory for Neuroengineering, where the living neural networks have been developed and are housed and studied. A high-bandwidth Internet2 connection will connect those brain cells over 600 miles to Venayagamoorthy's Real-Time Power and Intelligent Systems Laboratory. Missouri S&T researchers will transmit signals from that lab in Rolla, Mo., to the brain cells in the Atlanta lab, and will train those brain cells to recognize voltage signals and other information from Missouri S&T's real-time simulator.

Read more: Missouri S&T

tw telecom to Provide High Speed Internet Service to Louisiana Universities and Health Science Centers

October 2, 2008

tw telecom inc., (Nasdaq: TWTC), a leading provider of managed voice, Internet and data networking solutions, today announced the deployment of a dedicated 600 Megabit Ethernet connection to the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI). LONI will deploy and manage tw telecom's Internet solution to connect Louisiana's 12 major research universities in order to greatly improve collaboration on research projects and deliver results faster, with greater accuracy.

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The Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, or LONI, is a state-of-the-art, fiber optics network that runs throughout Louisiana, and connects Louisiana and Mississippi research universities to one another as well as National LambdaRail and Internet2.

Read more: The Earth Times

MAGPI, Penn's Internet2 Connector, Enables Princeton Institutions to Access Global Sites at Lightning Speeds

October 2, 2008

The University of Pennsylvania's Internet2 regional connector, MAGPI, is providing high performance Internet connections for several institutions on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus, including its Plasma Physics Lab and High Energy Physics Department as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

The project provides a 6,400 percent improvement in the performance of the physic lab's Internet connection, now at 10 Gigabit, 10 billion bits per second, from a previous speed of 155 megabit, 155 million bits per second. This upgrade allows researchers to access sites worldwide at near real-time speed and will facilitate collaborations on international fusion facilities, including the future ITER burning plasma experiment in France and existing facilities in Korea and China.

Read more: Media Newswire

CV First to Connect to Speedy Network

October 1, 2008

With the help of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), Chartiers Valley became the first school district in Allegheny County to connect to the Regional Wide Area Network (RWAN), a county-wide, ultra high-speed computer network.

The network, which will connect 41 school districts, four vo-tech schools and the AIU, will give districts about 100 times more broadband capacity than is currently available.

Pennsylvania is currently the only state in the region developing a network of this magnitude. Dave Davis of fiber optic specialists, Sunesys, was at Chartiers Valley recently, to perform a series of tests with a remote location to verify that the switches and fiber optic line were operating at maximum capability.

Chartiers Valley was selected to be the first district connected due, in part, to its physical location relative to the network's Internet Service Provider, Expedient, and because the district already had an internal fiber optic network in place.

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The new RWAN will increase this speed to 1000 megabits per second and, among other capabilities, will enable districts to connect to Internet2. This new network is essentially a paradigm shift that will greatly expand educational possibilities for teachers, administrators and students.

Read more: The Almanac.net


September 2008


BTI Systems Joins Internet2 Consortium

September 30, 2008

BTI Systems, a global supplier of Intelligent Service Edge solutions for the delivery of multiprotocol services, announced today that it has joined Internet2, the leading U.S. advanced networking consortium. The consortium facilitates the development, deployment and use of innovative technologies that will directly impact future Internet networks. As a member of the consortium, BTI will participate in the development of packet optical networking technologies in partnership with Internet2's members to help support future growth of academic research and the Internet community.

"Internet2 is a progressive organization at the forefront of next-generation network development," said Glenn Thurston, Vice President Corporate Marketing, BTI Systems. "By combining our company's expertise in Packet Optical Edge technology with the consortium's progressive approach to network development, we can enable new innovation that may result in broader coverage of new services for research networks."

Read more: eMediaWire

A Faster Internet Lane

September 30, 2008

Many of the world's research and education networks face a conundrum: After upgrading network backbones to multigigabit speeds, performance for users often lags.

So several of the nation's high-performance networks are experimenting with new protocols to make better use of network capacity for large science projects that require moving gigabytes, and even terabytes, of data.

"The problem we are addressing is more effective end-to-end utilization of existing resources," said Martin Swany, assistant professor of computer and information sciences at the University of Delaware and lead developer of Phoebus.

Phoebus is a platform through which applications communicate with networks to better allocate resources, based on the application's needs and network conditions. It is being deployed experimentally on the Internet2 backbone and also is being studied by the Energy Department's Energy Sciences Network and the New York State Education and Research Network, NYSERNet. When appropriate, a file transfer can be shunted off the traditional TCP/IP portion of a network and moved onto a dedicated path between Phoebus gateways, eliminating the latency associated with TCP.

Read more: Government Computer News

Collider Piques Interest in Improving Energy Sciences Network

September 29, 2008

The activation in September of the European Organization for Nuclear Research's Large Hadron Collider might produce an embarrassment of riches.

The riches would be in the wealth of data that will be generated by the world's largest particle supercollider. The embarrassment would be the struggle to transmit via digital networks to laboratories around the world, such as those operated by the Energy Department.

To get this data to scientists, DOE will be using its Energy Sciences Network, which has a capacity of as much as 100 gigabits/sec via a backbone provided by Internet2. But making the best use of that raw bandwidth can be a challenge, said Brian Tierney, leader of DOE's Advanced Technologies Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

"We think we're ready for it," Tierney said shortly before the LHC was fired up for the first time. "We've been getting ready for it for some time."

The paths for LHC data have been determined and the network links and endpoints using them have been fine-tuned to handle the flows. But DOE also wants to optimize ESnet performance for other applications used by scientists with little expertise in networking. ESnet has been experimenting for about six months with Phoebus, a technology that adds new protocols that negotiate optimal network services for an application.

"It seems to be pretty solid," Tierney said. "The performance improvement can be quite dramatic," especially over long distances. It shows greater improvements on a coast-to-coast transfer than from state-to-state. "But there are a couple of things missing before we could deploy it in a serious way."

Read more: Government Computer News

Syracuse Data Center Part of Larger Whole

September 29, 2008

Syracuse is a historical crossroad that links products and services from Upstate to the rest of the state, and with Internet technology, it's no different thanks to the efforts of NYSERNet.org, a 501 (c) (3) research and education technology organization.

According to Timothy Lance, president and chairman of the board, networks are increasingly linking economic development activities with technological and scientific experiments. One such experiment will be the Sept. 10 activation of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, allowing researchers in New York, as well as across the world, to share data because of increased networking capacities. In New York, the major research institutions will have the ability to collect data due to the network NYSERNet has in place.

As a major player in national and international network technology; NYSERNet has been at the forefront of innovation and collaboration, says Lance, pointing to NYSERNet's creation of the first non-government Internet Protocol in 1987. This statewide network has since advanced and currently entails a 516-mile optical fiber network running from New York City to Buffalo with an additional branch running from Syracuse to Binghamton.

As a membership-based organization, NYSERNet's largest expense, according to its 2007 IRS Form 990, was $2.6 million to support its research and education network. This network, part of the Internet2, is designed to connect research institutions together to share high-performance applications and data, says Stephen Kankus, chief operating officer. This network has 41 research members, he adds, consisting of prominent CNY schools such as Binghamton University, Clarkson University, Cornell University, Le Moyne College, SUNY Potsdam, Syracuse University, and Upstate Medical University. Membership plans for the network are waived for some institutions, but others may pay a $4,000 or $30,000 fee, depending on the type of research conducted and usage demands.

Read more: redOrbit

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Joins Internet2

September 25, 2008

Internet2 today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has joined Internet2 as an affiliate member and has connected to its nationwide network. Through its membership, VA can leverage the Internet2 backbone network as well as tap into the Internet2 community's numerous collaboration opportunities, in order to enhance its partnerships with universities, medical schools, medical libraries and research institutions in the U.S. and around the world.

In the near term, VA plans to work with the Internet2 advanced networking community to investigate next-generation technologies like IPv6 and determine how these technologies can enhance the transmission of medical data and information. Additionally, the VA medical community intends to explore how the Internet2 Network may be used to support medical data sharing, distance learning, high resolution image transfers and bandwidth-intensive health science applications like telepresence, telepathology, and IP video for home healthcare.

Read more: The Earth Times

Tech Boom Means China Will Run Out of IP Addresses by 2011

September 25, 2008

In the West, we're always told that we're IPv6 laggards and that large parts of Asia are already running the new protocol. But apparently, China has some work to do before the whole country is IPv6-ready, too. Li Kai, who is director in charge of the IP business for CNNIC, has told ChinaTechNews that the current supply of IPv4 addresses will only last another 830 days. Furthermore, most network operators in China are only IPv4-capable - with the exception of educational networks. CNNIC is the China Internet Network Information Center, which handles the registration of .cn domains and also distributes IP addresses in China in cooperation with APNIC, the provider of address space in the Asia-Pacific region.

So apparently, China isn't much further along with IPv6 deployment than Europe and North America, where the research/educational community primarily has large IPv6 networks (for instance, Internet2 and GÉANT), while most of the commercial Internet is still hampered by the limited 32-bit address space of the original IPv4 protocol.

The predicted 830 days means there are enough IPv4 addresses to last until January 1, 2011, a nice, round date. This end date for the IPv4 supply is a good deal sooner than the one predicted by the scripts written by APNIC's Geoff Huston, which currently list November 2, 2010 as the date the IANA global pool is going to run out. This pool currently holds 654 million addresses, but there are also 325 million unused addresses hidden in nooks and crannies and held by the five Regional Internet Registries that handle address distribution in various parts of the world. They use very similar rules, so all ISPs throughout the world have equal access to address space - but this may or may not translate into equal access for their users.

Read more: ars technica

Virtex-5 TXT Platform Delivers First Single FPGA Solution for Building 40G and 100G Telecommunications Equipment

September 23, 2008

Xilinx(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX)announced today the world's first single-FPGA solution for telecommunications equipment manufacturers developing the next generation in Ethernet bridging and switching solutions. Aimed at spurring innovation and growth in the 40- and 100-Gigabit Ethernet (GE) market, Xilinx has added the Virtex(R)-5 TXT platform to its industry-leading, high-performance family of 65-nanometer (nm) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The Virtex-5 TXT platform consists of two devices that deliver the highest number of 6.5Gbps serial transceivers available on any FPGA, and are fully supported with application-specific IP, development tools, and reference designs for implementing high-bandwidth protocol bridging.

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"The explosive growth in Internet traffic for video over IP is creating the need to rapidly scale the world's IP infrastructure. This has a direct impact on IP backbone network capacity, individual core router size, router-to-router link bandwidth, and the performance of optical transport networks used to carry traffic across wide area networks," said Dean Westman, Vice President, Communications Business at Xilinx. "Virtex-5 TXT FPGAs tackle the challenges these requirements impose on hardware designers by enabling ultra-high bandwidth communications on a power-optimized programmable platform. This is a critical step forward for the telecommunications industry, and has the potential to accelerate development of the 40GE and 100GE infrastructure needed to deliver multimedia services."

Read more: International Business Times

Internet2 Completes Fourth Annual Google Summer of Code™ Program

September 22, 2008

Internet2 today announced that it has completed its fourth Google Summer of Code™ program, which has enabled students from around the world to participate in the development of leading-edge network technologies that will have a direct impact on the progress of advanced research and education applications.

Google Summer of Code™ is a program that offers premier student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google, an Internet2 corporate member, has worked to bring together over 2,400 students with over 175 open source projects to create millions of lines of code.

Internet2 has participated in Google Summer of Code™ since its inception in 2005 enabling 22 students to participate in the development of next generation performance monitoring technologies as well as revolutionary dynamic circuit networking software each of which have directly contributed to supporting researchers in fields such as high-energy physics and radio astronomy.

"The Google Summer of Code™ program at Internet2 extends valuable professional experience to students who are interested in playing an active role in the development of high performance networking environments," said Jeff Boote, Internet2 senior network software engineer. "In just a few short months, the students involved in Internet2 Google Summer of Code™ 2008 program successfully delivered valuable enhancements to several of our key network performance and dynamic circuit software initiatives. These technologies are under active deployment by academic institutions and research networks worldwide."

Internet2 Google Summer of Code™ 2008 students included: Merlijn Hofstra of Hogeschool Utrecht, Den Haag Netherlands; Gianluca Campanella, The Free University of Bozen - Bolzano, Bolzano BZ Italy; Ahmed H. El-Hassany, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza Palestine; and Dan Bracey, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA. These students participated in the development of a Java Client for OWAMP, an application used to determine one-way delay between points on the network, perfSONAR-PS Configuration Software and a Network Performance Toolkit configuration each of which will be added to the next NPToolkit release. Students also contributed to the development of a programmatic interface for the Internet2 Dynamic Circuit Network, which enhances the usability of the DCN by allowing applications to automatically allocate network resources, rather than depending on a user to do so.

Boote added, "Our organization is grateful for the work these talented students have contributed and look forward to continued collaboration with them throughout the year as we work to further refine the code and integrate their work into our offerings for our community."

Internet2 plans to continue to participate in the Google Summer of Code™ program in 2009 should the program run again. Students interested in applying should read up on the program at http://code.google.com/soc/ and watch for announcements on the program from Google on the Google Open Source Blog at http://google-opensource.blogspot.com.

Read more: Internet2 News

Faster Internet, Across the Region

September 21, 2008

Both on and off campus, Penn's Internet2 network is about to see an expansion.

Internet2 is a faster network than regular Internet. It is specifically geared toward research and education, and Penn's access point went live in February 2007.

Internet2 allows for nearly instantaneous data transfer, making it useful for international data sharing.

MAGPI - which stands for Mid-Atlantic Gigapop in Philadelphia for Internet2 - is the regional connector that gives access to Internet2 and is managed by Penn.

More than 40 research and education institutions in the tri-state area now rely on Penn's MAGPI connector for Internet2 access. Subscribers include Lehigh, Temple and Princeton universities and the National Constitution Center.

This week, Princeton's Plasma Physics Lab will upgrade to an even faster MAGPI connection, providing a 6,400-percent increase in efficiency and a potential 80-percent decrease in costs for the lab, according to a Penn press statement.

Information Systems and Computing is also working to provide more support services, both to more researchers at Penn, as well as to outside institutions.

Read more: The Daily Pennsylvanian

GÉANT2 Provides Connectivity to CERN's New World Wide LHC Computing Grid

September 11, 2008

International research and education network provider DANTE, announced that its GÉANT2 network, together with the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), are providing the high speed connectivity to underpin CERN's new Worldwide Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Computing Grid infrastructure. The LHC, launched today, is the world's largest scientific experiment and the LHC Computing Grid (LCG) has been designed to integrate computers around the world to create a massive processing capability through the creation of an optical private network (OPN) using GÉANT2 and other suppliers. Without this, the analysis of the unprecedented amount of data that will be created would be unfeasible. GÉANT2 will link more than half of the collaborating data centres across the globe.

Now live, CERN's (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) LHC will create conditions similar to those in the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang. This will enable researchers to study the most detailed properties of particles and consequently develop a greater understanding of the universe we live in.

The LHC Computing project is using a global computing grid infrastructure, which relies on guaranteed, high capacity point-to-point connections between the 11 LHC primary processing centres around the world. The GÉANT2 consortium is a key player in this worldwide network collaboration, which is known as the LHC Optical Private Network (OPN) and managed by CERN. The LHC OPN provides the connectivity that is central to the LHC Computing Grid.

These primary processing centres are connected to each other and to secondary processing sites for additional data analysis, usually within the same country. These connections use the GÉANT2 IP service as well as point-to-point circuits. Point-to-point, dedicated links of 10 Gbps, supplied by the GÉANT2 partners and other providers, allow unprecedented amounts of data (15 million gigabytes per year) created by the LHC to be transmitted to 5,000 scientists working in 500 institutes worldwide, critical to the success of the project.

Read more: eGov Monitor

U.S. Research Networks Link Scientists to Large Hadron Collider Data

September 10, 2008

Today marked the first-ever attempt to circulate a beam of subatomic particles around the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a gigantic particle accelerator spanning the French-Swiss border. The event represents a major milestone along the path towards a new understanding of the fundamental nature and origins of the universe.

When the LHC officially begins its experiments, multiple terabytes of data per second will flow out of Europe via fiber optic cables to thousands of researchers spread across the globe, including over 1700 in the United States. This experiment will significantly increase the amount of data that the U.S. scientific community must transport and manage.

Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Internet2, the country's leading research and education network, and USLHCNet, which provides transatlantic network connectivity from the LHC facility to the United States have prepared for moving the massive amounts of data to U.S. sites where scientists can analyze the information.

These organizations have worked closely together to aggressively deploy the most advanced networks with enough bandwidth and capabilities to reliably transport multiple streams of 10 Gigabits of information per second -- the equivalent of transmitting 500 hours of digital music per second for each 10 Gigabit line. The LHC will be the first experiment to fully utilize the advanced capabilities of these networks, which will connect DOE national laboratories and university researchers across the country to the LHC data.

Read more: MarketWatch

Super-collider Enabled by EEs

September 8, 2008

The world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will attempt to form its first particle beam on Wednesday, Sept. 10th, enabled by EEs who designed its superconducting magnets, detectors and worldwide grid computing network.

The LHC was constructed at the CERN (Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire or European Council for Nuclear Research, Geneva). View a live webcast of the event at 4 a.m. Eastern Time Sept. 10, at: http://webcast.cern.ch/.

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According to Bloom, who is the project manager for tier-two grid computing in the U.S., grid computing was the only option available to the engineers making the CMS at the LHC a reality.

"Just the raw data coming off the detector will be petabytes per year, for which we have had to reinvent grid computing to handle," said Bloom. "There will be millions of collisions per second, yet we can only process that data at about 100 Hz, which means the EEs had to design a high-speed online system that was smart enough to record only the collisions of interest. Even so, it was not possible to get enough power and computing into a single data center to handle these massive data sets, so we have gone to a distributed model that is enabled by the fact that we have high-speed networks to move the data around the world."

The six experiments at the LHC, including the CMS, will produce about 15 petabytes of data per year, which will be recorded and stored at CERN, but will be analyzed by a worldwide grid computing network made accessible to over 5,000 scientists around the globe.

The Worldwide LHC Computing Grid is facilitated by the the Open Science Grid, which has more than 60 sites in the U.S. and five sites in Brazil, Taiwan and England. The Worldwide LHC Computing Grid consists of seven tier-one data centers (including Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory) which will partition the data sets into groups appropriate for the six experiments to be performed by LHC scientists. Finally, 40 tier-two data centers (including seven in the U.S.) will allow scientists to apply analytic algorithms to the data sets appropriate to their particular experiments. The U.S. data centers will provide more than 10 petabytes of disk cache for simulation and analysis.

The tier-one data centers are all connected by 10-Gbit per second fiber optic links which will be utilized around the clock to stream and partition the data into appropritate sets. The tier-two data centers in the U.S. will make use of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and the Internet2.

Read more: EE Times

Technology Triumphs: Research Success Follows Technology Advance

September 8, 2008

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Scientists, teachers, and entrepreneurs are a diverse lot, but nothing binds them together more closely than access to computing power and collaborative minds. Therefore the rapidly advancing Northern Tier Networking Consortium is a unifying data pipeline that is bringing campuses along the Interstate 29 corridor into closer proximity on campuses like North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion and even the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg - all linking to UND in Grand Forks as well as campuses to the east in Minnesota and the west in North Dakota.

"The network continues to move forward," reports Bonnie Neas, vice president for information technology at NDSU. "All the contracts have been awarded and contracts signed. We hope to have the North Dakota segment completed by the end of the year and we're in discussions with South Dakota and Manitoba on how best to connect them to the network. Montana is a little behind us in terms of installations but Minnesota and Wisconsin have finished their work."

When completed, the Northern Tier network will complete what has been called Internet2 with the remaining 12 northern states that will complete a grid of fiber optics designed to deliver data at 100 gigabits per second (Gbps). Based in Ann Arbor, MI, Internet2 is a consortium of 200 universities, 70 corporations, and 45 nonprofit and government agencies operating under the name of UCAID (University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development).

Read more: Prairie Business

High-tech Partnership Brings World to Kentucky Classrooms

September 5, 2008

Kentucky teachers and students will have access to more interactive, high-tech learning opportunities and professional development through Internet2. It's made possible by a new partnership between the University of Pennsylvania's Mid-Atlantic Gigapop in Philadelphia for Internet2 (MAGPI) program and the Kentucky Regional Optical Network (KyRON), a statewide network sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

Under an 18-month contract, MAGPI will provide all K-20 academic institutions in Kentucky with access to its interactive programs, as well as assistance in developing Kentucky-specific Internet2 applications. MAGPI will also provide professional development for the P-20 education community through workshops on the use of videoconferencing and integration of technology applications into the classroom, as well as through special sessions from organizations including NASA, NOAA, the National Park Service, the Department of Energy and the Library of Congress.

In addition, MAGPI will use its national and international network of people and technologies to assist Kentucky's research institutions in technology mapping, infrastructure consultation and grant writing by providing specialized expertise.

Read more: Business Lexington

BlueArc Digital Video-sharing System Scores Big with Schools

September 4, 2008

While the UCLA football team kicked off the NCAA season Monday night with a victory over Tennessee, its IT department scored a triumph by putting into play a digital video-sharing system for schools in the Pac-10 conference based on BlueArc data storage.

The storage project began in 2003 when Ken Norris, UCLA Athletics video operations director, tired of using couriers and videotapes to exchange game films among the schools. "You'd have to go to the airport, and they'd lose tapes," he said. Videos would also sometimes require transcoding from one school's preferred format to another, as well as a time-consuming process to return play markers to the video after the transcoding was done.

UCLA took the lead in designing a system that would allow the schools to share the video footage electronically, using the relatively uncongested Internet2 network maintained by a consortium of colleges and universities around the U.S. UCLA Athletics IT put together a homegrown RAID system using Seagate Barracuda disk drives to serve the storage, but that infrastructure "failed miserably," according to Norris.

"It worked when there was one guy uploading and downloading, but multiple people trying to access the storage made it slow noticeably," said Chris Thomas, UCLA network engineer for academic technological services.

UCLA's central IT department, of which Thomas is a part, was researching storage systems to back up the high-performance computing (HPC) clusters the university houses for computer research. After selecting BlueArc (university staffers declined to say which other vendors they evaluated or why they picked BlueArc), the IT engineers carved out a 20 TB portion of the 128 TB Titan NAS array for the Pac-10 video exchange.

Read more: SearchStorage.com


August 2008


UD's Swany Finds Quicker Computer On-ramp

August 31, 2008

In the world of supercomputer-powered science, speed is everything, and an open road can lead to the promised land.

Across the country, though, bytes by the billions and billions are revved up and waiting to flow from researcher to researcher, from school to school.

And wait they must -- for someone to find a way to get it all through the traffic jams on the World Wide Web.

Today's Internet is too poky, pedestrian and clogged by Facebook-cruising teens and file swappers to be of much use. You need a new, faster Internet, and a new, dedicated way to shoot those reams of data from lab to lab.

Enter Martin Swany, a University of Delaware computer scientist who has spent the last eight years coming up with a way to build a better, quicker "on-ramp" that researchers can use to hop from the old Internet to the next-generation Internet -- potentially allowing more research data to be shared far more quickly, thus bringing faster progress in a multitude of disciplines.

Dubbed "Phoebus," Swany's hardware and software system essentially gives users of Internet2 -- a system used by research universities across the country -- a more reliable and user-friendly way to send their data via dedicated pathways, freed of the competition for bandwidth space they usually encounter.

"We're envisioning large-distance file transfers and being able to do it very quickly," said Ezra Kissel, a Ph.D. candidate who helped Swany.

Read more: Delaware Online

Universities Try Out New Digital Devices

August 27, 2008

Duke University made headlines in 2004 when it handed out Apple (AAPL) iPods to every incoming freshman. The Durham (N.C.) school began giving away the popular digital music players to see whether it made sense to record lectures and make digital copies available outside the classroom.

The university still provides iPods to students who need them, but in most cases, first-year students already have one when they arrive, says Julian Lombardi, Duke's assistant vice-president for information technology. "Back then, it was still a little bit of an exotic item," Lombardi says. "Now they receive one as a high school graduation gift." In fact, many get their first iPod long before that.

Now Duke is considering a new tech experiment to aid learning. The school may soon dole out handheld video cameras, such as Pure Digital Technologies' Flip Video, to students in courses where creating video can be used as a teaching tool, Lombardi says. The school already has 100 of the easy-to-use Flips and other video cameras that students and faculty can check out - and they're borrowed regularly, he says.

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But adapting the university to the tech needs of Generation Y takes more than giving Flips to freshmen and befriending students on a social network.

More than 200 universities - from Brown University in Providence to Washington State University in Pullman - are part of a consortium connected by Internet2, a fiber-optic network begun in 1996 that allows downloads and uploads many times faster than over the commercial Internet. Corporate backers of Internet2 include Cisco Systems (CSCO), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and IBM (IBM).

Read more: BusinessWeek

Texting the New Way for 911 in Houston

August 27, 2008

A crashing sound in the middle of the night awakens you. Seconds later, you hear heavy footsteps moving toward your bedroom. You quickly grab your cell phone and dash to the closet.

While crouched under suits and shirts, you realize the intruder might hear you calling 911. What should you do?

Send a text message.

It's not possible now, but within the next two to five years it could be.

In addition to text messages, you could be able to send photos of a purse-snatcher caught in the act or photos of a vehicle accident to 911.

It's all part of what's called Next Generation 911, and 911 districts in the Houston area are gearing up for it. Basically, what it means is that you could use any communication device from anywhere to reach 911.

Read more: TimesRecordNews

How Companies Can Share Joint Disaster Recovery Hot Sites

August 26, 2008

IT staff at Bowdoin College in Maine and Loyola Marymount University in California are building a joint disaster recovery facility, with each institution hosting a disaster recovery hot site for the other.

The CIOs at both schools, Bowdoin's Mitch Davis and LMU's Erin Griffin, say that their experience can be a model for other cooperative IT projects, even among business rivals.

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Griffin describes the basic evolution of the project as an almost matter-of-fact process that competent IT professionals are well equipped to handle. "We started by laying out on the table ideas about potential technologies," she says. The team quickly decided to leverage the in-progress changes to both schools' network infrastructure, specifically major network upgrades, a high-bandwidth link to Internet2 and especially server virtualization based on VMware software and blade servers.

Read more: Computer World

HEC launches advanced Pakistan Education and Research Network

August 23, 2008

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launched the advanced Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN) which has been connected to other global Research and Education Networks (RENs) which include the Internet2 of USA, Asia-Pacific Advanced Network of continents of Asia and Australia, and GÉANT2 network of National RENs of European countries.

This link is a result of joint efforts of the HEC and the National Science Foundation of USA who equally co-funded a dedicated link from PERN to Internet2.

PERN now has a total R&E link capacity of 155 Mbps and it is now leading in South Asia being three times bigger than the linking capacity of India's Education & Research Network (ERNet) which is connected to global R&E network over a 45 Mbps link.

Read more: Associated Press of Pakistan

Internet2 Partners w/ 100x100 Clean Slate Project

August 20, 2008

Internet2 today announced that it has partnered with the 100x100 Clean Slate Project to provide dedicated nationwide network facilities that will enable researchers to re-examine the basic building blocks of the Internet. Utilizing this national testbed network designed by Rice University and Stanford University, project researchers will work to develop new networking technologies that aim to address the Internet's current challenges including scalability, security, and access.

Conceived in 2003 and funded by the National Science Foundation, the 100x100 Clean Slate Project is examining a new Internet architecture, by asking the question: "If we started over, with what we know today, how would we design the future Internet?" The project brings together economists, security and networking experts, network operators, and policy specialists to create blueprints for a network that goes beyond today's Internet. Drawing on technology trends and the experience of the past 30 years, these scientists are working to re-prioritize the fundamental principles that underlie network design to craft networks that will be ubiquitous in scale, revolutionary in bandwidth, economically self-sustaining, resistant to attack, and tractable to manage.

Read more: HPCwire

BroadbandCensus.com Joins with One Web Day: Learn About Your Internet Options and Take the Census

August 19, 2008

"BroadbandCensus.com is pleased to support One Web Day, and I am very happy to be an Ambassador for this effort.

"Most Americans who have high-speed internet can't imagine life without broadband. How could you connect to the Internet of today without it? In today's world, broadband is as basic as running water and electricity. And yet the U.S. is falling behind globally.

"As a technology reporter, I've been writing about the battles over broadband and the Internet for more than a decade here in Washington. Yet there is one fact about which nearly everyone seems to be in agreement: if America wants better broadband, America needs better broadband data.

"That's why I've recently started a new venture to collect this broadband data, and to make this data freely available for all on the Web at http://BroadbandCensus.com.

"One Web Day presents an opportunity for all of us to take stock with the true state of broadband in this country. BroadbandCensus.com wants to work with each of you to help us 'crowdsource' the data we need to get a better handle on availability, competition, speeds, prices, and quality of service of local broadband."

Read more: BroadbandCensus.com

VSX Videoconferencing System demo!

August 13, 2008

Tomorrow, August 14th, at 2:00 pm, we will have a short demonstration of the new Polycom VSX 7000e system installed in the Academic Building A G005 Collaboratory! The VSX is a powerful and professional videoconferencing system for faculty, student group, and researcher use. We encourage any and all interested to attend this demo.

Read more: VSX Tutorial

A Virtual Teacher

August 11, 2008

Ever since the digital classroom has come online, teachers and students, thrilled over the prospect of accessing new and dynamic multimedia, clamored to computers. Only sometimes, it didn't deliver the promised "gee-whiz" technology.

Instead, time-consuming video downloads or overloaded school networks often led to a disappointing experience. "It is so important that it is now," says Nancy Thompson, a former third- grade teacher. "You can't tell kids, 'Let's wait and see if it's back up.' You've lost that teaching moment."

Thompson, an educational technology specialist with Louisiana Public Broadcasting, says the "now" and the "wow" factors are coming to the digital classroom.

LPB is rolling out new digital television and interactive educational services as it begins to tap into the state's high- powered fiber optic network, LONI. Thousands of teachers across the state are including the services available through LPB Cyberport into their lesson plans, and Louisiana classrooms lead the nation in the number of downloads.

Also known as the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, the system is a fiber optic network that connects Louisiana research universities as well as the Internet, National LambdaRail and Internet2. It provides interconnection between several university- based supercomputer systems and a new supercomputer called Queen Bee [among the top 50 of its kind in the world], based in the state Information Systems building in downtown Baton Rouge, providing more than 85 tera flops of computational capacity [one teraflop equals a trillion floating point operations per second]. Three of LONI's goals are to use its infrastructure to form collaborative relationships with businesses, contribute to science and create jobs.

Read more: redOrbit

European Music Fests Coming to the Web

August 6, 2008

Of all European summer music festivals, the Bayreuth Festival may be the hardest ticket. Devoted to the operas of Richard Wagner, presented in the theater that he built, it receives so many requests for its two-month season that people wait for years to get in. Last Sunday saw the first performance this year of "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg" in the 2007 production by Katharina Wagner, the composer's great-granddaughter.

Last year, it was the talk of the season among those who managed to see it. This year, it could be experienced live on your home computer.

For if you don't travel to Europe's festivals this summer, some of them will come to you. If the 49 euros (almost $80) that Bayreuth charged to log on to its first-ever live video transmission was too steep, you could go to the Web site Medici.tv, which this summer has featured live broadcasts from three festivals: Aix-en-Provence, Aspen and Verbier. That same afternoon, free of charge, it was offering a live webcast from Verbier of a chamber concert with violinist Julian Rachlin, cellist Mischa Maosky and pianists Piotr Anderszewski and Nikolai Lugansky, among others. (The last of the site's 27 live webcasts from Verbier - Valery Gergiev leading the festival orchestra and pianist Helene Grimaud - take place Sunday at midnight.)

Read more: ChicagoTribune.com

Media release: AARNet Accelerates Australian and International Innovation and Collaboration

August 1, 2008

AARNet, Australia's National Research and Education Network (NREN) has set another milestone today by launching a 10 Gigabit (Gbit) IP access product. Now for the first time Australian academics and researchers will be able to participate in local and international research projects that require high bandwidth applications to be run or large amounts of data to be exchanged.

The network upgrade was made with an investment of $1 million and it will improve AARNet members' access to the network from 1 Gbit to a 10 Gbit which will increase their access speed into AARNet's existing highly resilient IP backbone. The new 10 Gbit access product will allow Australian researchers to collaborate on international research projects in the areas of physics and astronomy. The upgraded access will also increase the adoption of OptiPortal, an ultra-resolution high definition video collaboration technology amongst Australia's research and education institutions.

Read more: CIO


July 2008


Total Solar Eclipse: Live from China Webcast Event in Second Life August 1st, 2008

July 30, 2008

The Exploratorium is bringing it's live webcast of the total solar eclipse on August 1st into Second Life. Please join us on Exploratorium island for a webcast viewing party along with interactive about eclipses and the solar system, and regional music and field recordings from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The event begins at 1:00 AM Pacific [4:00 AM Eastern], with the live webcast from 3:30 - 4:30 AM [6:30 - 7:30 AM Eastern].

Details including time help available on our Total Solar Eclipse: Live from China website where you can also view the webcast and follow dispatches from our crew of scientists and media developers in the path of totality in China.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2008/index.html

Other viewing locations carrying the live webcast include: SciLands Skyditorium, Nanotechnology Skyditorium, Exploratorium Skyditorium, UK Future Focus Skyditorium, Sploland Pi Day Theater, Science School Theater, and the Spindrift Space Theater.

More information about educational programs and outreach events created by the Exploratorium and other museums in Second Life is available on the Museum Virtual Worlds site at: http://museumvirtualworlds.org

Read more: Exploratorium

Internet2 to Provide Dedicated 10Gbps to GENI Effort

July 30, 2008

Internet2, the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium, and BBN Technologies (BBN) announced today that Internet2 will donate dedicated bandwidth on its national backbone to support the GENI Project Office (GPO), located at BBN, and its subcontractors as they build and test prototypes of the GENI system.

GENI is envisioned as a national data communications laboratory, supporting experiments on a wide variety of advanced research in communications, networking, distributed systems, cyber-security, networked services, and applications. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Through support from its Board of Trustees, Internet2 will contribute a 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) dedicated circuit throughout its entire nationwide network. GENI subcontractors and developers will be able to access the circuit at every connection point on the network to enable nationwide collaboration on GENI prototypes. BBN is currently negotiating with potential subcontractors who responded to the GPO's solicitation earlier this year and expects to announce the subcontracts shortly.

Read more: Business Wire

Project to Rebuild Internet Gets $12M, Bandwidth

July 30, 2008

A massive project to redesign and rebuild the Internet from scratch is inching along with $12 million in government funding and donations of network capacity by two major research organizations.

Many researchers want to rethink the Internet's underlying architecture, saying a "clean-slate" approach is the only way to truly address security and other challenges that have cropped up since the Internet's birth in 1969.

On behalf of the government, BBN Technologies Inc. is overseeing the planning and design of the Global Environment for Network Innovations, or GENI, a network on which researchers will be able to test new ideas without damaging the current Internet.

Read more: Associated Press

FairPoint Building $56 Million Broadband Network in Northern New England

July 29, 2008

FairPoint Communications will invest more than $56 million in the next five years to build a broadband network reaching nearly every corner of the state.

As a result of this investment, FairPoint will make high-speed Internet service available to approximately 95 percent of its access lines in New Hampshire, and businesses will have expanded access to ultra high-speed, customized, secure transport of voice, video and data services across the region. This investment will enable the company to offer enhanced services on the existing fiber-to-the-premise network in southern New Hampshire and expand high-speed Internet service to approximately 75 percent of its New Hampshire access lines by September 2009.

The new backbone network is designed, equipment has been ordered, and construction is under way.

Read more: SeacoastOnline.com

Broadband Network Continues to Move Forward

July 24, 2008

The CBN Connect broadband network has taken another step forward with the selection of an engineering design firm.

Adesta LLC, based in Omaha, Neb., has been chosen to create the detailed engineering design of the project's first phase.

The fiber-optic core ring will first connect to the members of the Adirondack Champlain Telemedicine Information Network (ACTION) and to Internet2, the next generation of the global computer network.

Read more: PressRepublican.com

The New Age of 911

July 24, 2008

The evolution of 911 service ultimately will allow callers to bypass traditional land lines and cell phones and instead use text messaging and even video phones to report emergencies, a Texas A&M University researcher announced Wednesday.

The projection is the result of Next Generation 911, a two-year and nearly $3 million study funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, said project Director Walt Magnussen, who also serves as the director of the Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center at A&M.

Read more: Bryan/College Station Eagle

BroadbandCensus.com's Experience Using the Network Diagnostic Tool as a Beta Speed Test

July 24, 2008

BroadbandCensus.com is a new Web service that provides the public with free information on local broadband availability, competition, speeds and service. By participating in an anonymous online census questionnaire, users can greatly contribute to the knowledge and understanding about the state of the nation's broadband competition and services - particularly as federal lawmakers consider issues in the development of a national broadband policy.

Read more: BroadbandCensus.com

Work Begins on CBN Connect Broadband Network

July 23, 2008

The Technical Assistance Center at SUNY Plattsburgh announced today that implementation of the first phase of CBN Connect, an open-access broadband fiber and wireless network has begun. This network will provide broadband service to areas in the North Country that are currently without service and that would be likely remain unserved because of the low profitability of laying the necessary cable.

Read more: readMedia Newswire

Internet2 Deploys Experimental Phoebus Service

July 22, 2008

Internet2 today announced it is deploying the Phoebus framework on its network as an experimental research and development prototype that aims to provide significant performance improvements for long distance, high-capacity data transfers like those critical to large-scale research projects like the Large Hadron Collider.

Conceived and under active development by computer science researchers at the University of Delaware, the Phoebus platform embeds greater "intelligence" in the network, enabling it to automatically off-load large data flows from the IP network onto dedicated links on the Internet2 Dynamic Circuit Network (DCN). By transparently moving high-demand applications onto dedicated paths, the project hopes to help users benefit from the improved performance and precise quality of service that characterize circuit networking while at the same time placing far less strain on the shared IP infrastructure.

Read more: Internet2 News

ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop Hosts IPv6 Challenge

July 21, 2008

The Internet2 IPv6 Working Group today announced it will begin a broad outreach program to help promote the adoption of the IPv6 protocol among the research and education community and beyond. As a first step, the working group has created an IPv6 accessibility challenge for attendees of the ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs meeting hosted this week by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, July 20-24.

IPv6 is the next version of the Internet Protocol, the data packaging and routing standard on which the Internet is based. IPv6 offers several improvements over IPv4. Most importantly, IPv6 vastly increases the number of addresses available from about 4 billion to approximately 340 trillion trillion trillion. According to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), which manages the distribution of Internet number resources (IPv4 and IPv6 address space and Autonomous System Numbers) in Canada, many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands, and the United States, only 19% of IPv4 address space remains available and is depleting quickly.

Read more: Internet2 News

ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop Plenary Sessions Netcast for Worldwide Viewing

July 18, 2008

The ESnet Site Coordinating Committee (ESCC) and Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop will hold their summer session next week, July 20 - 24, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Hosted by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the conference brings together 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 from July 20 - 23 will be netcast for worldwide viewing. IPv6-enabled netcast streams are also planned to be made available. For access to live streams, additional information, as well as archived sessions, visit: http://jointtechs.es.net/nebraska2008/netcast.html

Read more: Internet2 News

Consortium Outlines Goals for Advanced, User-friendly Internet2 Infrastructure

July 11, 2008

The Internet2 consortium has adopted a new five-year strategic plan focused on keeping the national research and education network at the cutting edge of performance while making it easier for nonexperts to use.

"It's a natural leap, focusing not on the bits but on how the bits are used," said Peter Siegel, chief information officer at the University of California, Davis, and chairman of the Internet2 Steering Committee's Research Advisory Council.

The Internet2 community also wants to encourage a national telecommunications policy to support an infrastructure for new communications needs, such as telemedicine.

Read more: Government Computer News

FairPoint Expanding High-speed Services

July 10, 2008

FairPoint Communications is expanding its high-speed Internet service to 26 communities in Vermont.

FairPoint announced Wednesday that its plan is on target to increase access to high-speed Internet service to 75 percent of its lines by the end of the year. It means FairPoint will offer for the first time or expand existing service in 90 Vermont communities in all 14 counties, including many sparsely populated areas that previously had no access to broadband service.

Read more: Times Argus Online

University of Michigan Fiber Optic Cable-link Deal Lifts Researchers' Data Sharing

July 10, 2008

A powerful fiber-optic connection secured about four years ago is expected to play a greater role in facilitating collaboration between the state's universities.

The connection got stronger in June as the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved a licensing agreement that allows the Michigan Information Technology Center Foundation to link into the university's fiber-optic cable connection to the rest of the state.

The agreement facilitates improved communication among the state's research universities and is expected to improve data connections for research projects at other universities, said John King, U-M's vice president for academic information.

The MITC Foundation is a legal entity that essentially consists of Ann Arbor nonprofits Internet2 and Merit Network. They provide critical data transportation and communication services to other universities as well, such as Eastern Michigan.

Read more: mlive.com

NIU offers high-speed network to Hoffman, Naperville

July 9, 2008

Northern Illinois University is offering communities like Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg what's touted as a rare opportunity.

It's to join NIUnet, a next-generation high-speed computer network that's touted as leaving DSL and cable modems in the digital dust.

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NIUnet is a high-speed network that's driven by researchers and referred to as Internet2. The Web's growing popularity has led to increased use and slower connection speeds, which is a problem for researchers whose projects go beyond surfing the Web.

Read more: Daily Herald

Announcement - ESCC Joint Techs Workshop, 20-24 July, Nebraska

July 2, 2008

Registration is open for the ESnet Site Coordinating Committee (ESCC) and Internet2 Summer Joint Techs Workshop on 20-24 July, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Read more: International Science Grid This Week


June 2008


The Next Generation of the Internet - Third Installment

June 30, 2008

One thing that easy to forget is that we actually have the next version of the Internet in operation at the moment. It is called the Internet2, and is a very clear picture as to where the commodity Internet we all use will go. If you are not aware of the Internet2, it is a completely new set of infrastructure, standards, and protocols that adds up to a new backbone for carrying Internet traffic at dramatically higher speeds. The consortium operating the Internet2 includes 212 universities, 70 corporations, and 45 affiliate members. This does not include the various government entities that normally like to go invisible as to their capabilities.

So how much faster is the Internet 2? Check out the chart at the right to see where we are. Just so you can understand this, most organizations are currently at the 1988 speeds on the chart. The bottom line is that the next generation of the Internet will be MUCH faster than what we currently use. It is now an appropriate time to ask the "so what" question. Good question, and let's address it... Capacity on the Energy Sciences Network

Read more: TechnologyStory.com

Group Pushes for High-Speed Internet Access for All

June 24, 2008

A coalition of academics, information technology industry leaders and public-policy advocates will launch a campaign today to make "access to a fast, open and affordable Internet a basic right for all Americans."

Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein was among the scheduled speakers in New York on Tuesday at the Personal Democracy Forum to announce the creation of InternetforEveryone.org. Other participants in the news conference included Google chief technology evangelist and Internet patriarch Vinton Cerf, in addition to law professors and entrepreneurs.

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Its membership roster includes 40 organizations and companies from the American Civil Liberties Union to Yale Information Society Project, industry leaders eBay.com and Google, and technology innovators such as Internet2.

Read more: Redmond

'Astronomy Without Borders' on Show in China

June 20, 2008

'We're now in the age of astronomy without borders,' said Dr Tasso Tzioumis of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF). 'From a single operations centre we can make huge streams of precisely time-linked data flow simultaneously between several countries, at gigabits per second.'

The demonstration was made on Tuesday 17 June at Shanghai Observatory during the 7th annual international meeting on 'e-VLBI' or electronic very long baseline interferometry. E-VLBI is the technique of simultaneously using telescopes hundreds or thousands of kilometres apart to form a single coordinated system.

Dr Tzioumis, Dr Chris Phillips and Dr Shaun Amy, all from CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility, worked with their Chinese and Japanese colleagues to control the 25-m radio telescope of the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, the 34-m telescope of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Kashima, Japan, and the CSIRO radio telescopes near Parkes, Coonabarabran and Narrabri in New South Wales.

Read more: Science Centric

OASIS Launches SAML XML.org Online Community

June 17, 2008

The OASIS international standards consortium today introduced a new XML.org online community web site dedicated to supporting the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). The site (http://saml.xml.org) will serve as the official information resource for the SAML OASIS Standard, which provides an XML-based framework for online partners to exchange user authentication, entitlement, and attribute information.

"SAML is recognized as the gold standard for federated identity," said Eve Maler, director of technology in Business Alliances at Sun Microsystems. "OASIS has created SAML XML.org as a way to enable users, developers, vendors, and other standards efforts from around the world to share information and learn from one another. Sun has taken an active role in SAML's spec development, product support, interoperability, and education since its earliest days, and we're delighted to see the launch of this new resource."

Read more: Business Wire

News from OECD Ministerial Meeting: The Internet Technical Community Issues Memorandum on the Future of the Internet in a Global Economy

June 16, 2008

The Internet technical community, including the Internet Society, RIPE NCC, APNIC and W3C, today issues a memorandum to Governments, civil society and the private sector to ensure that human capacities are enhanced or enabled through creativity, confidence and that the convergence of Internet technology is preserved.

Read more: StreetInsider.com

UNESP Announces Largest Cluster in Latin America

June 16, 2008

UNESP (São Paulo State University) has this semester begun to set up the largest computational cluster in Latin America, on seven different sites in the State of São Paulo. GridUNESP (Computational Capacity Integration at UNESP), powered by Sun Microsystems' technology, will allow research groups at the university access to the highest levels of data processing and storage capacity for particle physics, genetics, meteorology, medicine, and other areas of scientific investigation.

The central system, which will be installed at the new UNESP campus in Barra Funda, São Paulo, will have 2,048 processing cores and a performance capacity of about 23.2 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second) for the whole cluster (a system with various linked processing nodes, which operate as if they were one single computer). The complex formed by the central cluster and another seven will reach 33.3 teraflops.

Read more: GRIDtoday

On Internet2, the Future is Fast-forward

June 16, 2008

The Energy Department's Energy Sciences Network is growing with increased bandwidth demands. The latest generation of the network, ESnet4, is a 100 gigabits/sec optical network; the department has projected that it would require 200 gigabits/sec by 2014.

The ESnet backbone is provided by Internet2 and Level 3 Communications, and its bandwidth is achieved by aggregating 10 gigabits/ sec optical channels. Increasing the size of the common interface can easily increase available bandwidth on existing fiber optic cable.

"Before they use up their capacity, we will be ready with the next generation technology," said Randy Brogle, senior director of Level 3's research and education division.

The next wave of interfaces will work at 40 gigabits/sec, and a number of commercial networks already are moving to that technology rather than bundling 10 gigabits/ sec channels.

Read more: Government Computer News

Internet2 Opens HOV Lanes

June 16, 2008

As Big Science gets bigger, demands on research networks to enable collaboration are growing exponentially. The Energy Department has seen traffic on its Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), which links researchers at its major research labs and universities, increase tenfold every 47 months since 1990.

"To a certain extent, this is inevitable," said William Johnston, ESnet department head at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "Scientific instruments follow Moore's law," and more sensitive and powerful instruments are producing more data.

As a smaller number of larger, more sophisticated instruments are built, collaboration communities are growing and sharing more data. ESnet had an average steady-state load of 1.5 gigabits/sec on its New York-Chicago- San Francisco link in July 2006. This summer, the granddaddy of all scientific instruments, the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is expected to go online, promising a quantum leap in the amount of experimental data being shuttled among scientists worldwide.

"A bandwidth of 10 gigabits/sec site-to-site connectivity is needed now," according to a 2006 DOE assessment of the needs of ESnet, "and 100 gigabits/sec will be needed by 2010."

In fact, that capacity is already here. The bandwidth is being provided for ESnet through a 2006 partnership with Internet2, an advanced research and education network operated by a consortium of companies, universities and other organizations. The backbone is from Level 3 Communications, which finished the 13,500-mile optical fiber network for Internet2 in June 2007.

Read more: Government Computer News

XO to Demo 100 Gigabit Ethernet Service

June 12, 2008

XO Communications will team up with optical vendor Infinera next week to demonstrate how 100 Gigabit Ethernet traffic can be sent over 10 10Gbps wavelengths.

XO, a competitive local exchange carrier based in Herndon, Va., says that it will send a 100GbE signal on a loop from the NXTComm08 convention floor in Las Vegas over its long-haul Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network to Los Angeles and back. To conduct this test, XO says it will reply on Infinera's DTN DWDM system to switch and transport the signal from the show floor to XO's DWDM network. Additionally, XO will use a test package developed by testing-equipment vendor Ixia to generate the 100GbE signal that will travel over the network.

The goal of the test is to show how 100GbE can be delivered using existing network infrastructures, XO CTO Randy Nicklas says. The key to sending and receiving 100GbE signals smoothly over multiple 10Gbps wavelengths is using Infinera's Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC)-enabled DTN system that is capable of integrating different optical components and sending them to be reassembled at their destination, he says.

Read more: Network World

Seven Telescopes Act as One

June 11, 2008

The huge Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Puerto Rico, operated by Cornell University in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, recently was networked with six other telescopes in Chile, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa and Sweden to create one of the largest virtual telescopes ever assembled.

The telescopes were linked via high-speed research and education networks serving North America and Europe using a combination of techniques to overcome the drawbacks of common networking protocols in sharing large volumes of data for immediate use. Using a technique called Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), the result was the equivalent of a single telescope nearly 11,000 kilometers in diameter making real-time observations of quasar 3C454.3.

The experiment was conducted by Express Production Real-time e-VLBI Service, a three-year project funded by the European Commission.

Internet2, the U.S. advanced research and education network, handled some of the transport of the real-time signals.

Read more: Government Computer News

Internet2 Board of Trustees

June 06, 2008

Internet2 recently named its board of trustees. The group has representatives in the academia, research and technology industries. The CEO representatives are Jean-Lou Chameau, California Institute of Technology; Jared Cohon, Carnegie Mellon University; Mary Sue Coleman, University of Michigan; and Michael Crow, Arizona State University. The trustees are Jeffrey Lehman, chairman, Cornell University; James Bottum, Clemson University; Molly Corbett Broad, UNC/ACE; Chameau; Cohon; Coleman, Crow; Raymond Ford, University of Montana; David Frohnmayer, University of Oregon; David E. Jent, I-Light; Timothy L. Lance, NYSERNet; Michael R. Nelson, Georgetown University; Larry L. Peterson, Princeton University; Edward Seidel, Louisiana State University; Peter Siegel, University of California, Davis; and Douglas E. Van Houweling, Internet2. Bottum is the CIO representative; Peterson is the network researcher representative. Seidel is the discipline researcher representative; Nelson is the industry representative.

Read more: mlive.com

Network Monitoring Tool Released by GÉANT2 to Boost Network Efficiency for Scientists & Researchers

June 02, 2008

GÉANT2, the high bandwidth, pan-European research and education network, has announced the release of the latest software bundle that is used to deliver the perfSONAR multi-domain monitoring (MDM) service across a number of key European National Research and Education Network (NREN) sites.

This release is the result of collaborative efforts from 11 different organisations around the world and forms the first stage of the full deployment of the perfSONAR MDM service across the whole GÉANT2 pan-European backbone.

The perfSONAR MDM service enables fast troubleshooting by providing secure, user-friendly access to standardised network performance metrics from multiple domains. Using its out-of-the-box or customised web-interfaces, network problems and performance bottlenecks can be tracked and resolved, and potential performance issues can be identified. Specifically, information that network administrators access through perfSONAR MDM has the same meaning across the board enabling operators to discuss problems which span multiple domain boundaries on a communal basis and to collaborate more successfully.

Read more: PublicTechnology.net


May 2008


Internet2 to Extend Leading-Edge Networking to SC08

May 30, 2008

SCinet, the very high-performance network built each year to support the SC Conference, pushes the advanced networking envelope to enable some of the most demanding and cutting-edge applications in the world. Preparation for SC08, the annual international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis to be held in Austin, Texas on 15-21 November 2008, is currently underway.

Internet2 is collaborating with the SCinet committee, in partnership with the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN) and its members in Texas, to support the networking requirements of participants and exhibitors at SC08. Internet2 will provide connectivity to its IP and dynamic circuit networks, as well as a limited number of dedicated WaveCo circuits. Current plans include:

  • 20 Gbps of service to the advanced Internet2 IP Network
  • 10 Gbps of service to the Internet2 Dynamic Circuit Network (DCN)
  • A limited number of additional Internet2 WaveCo circuits to support specific applications

Read more: Internet2 News

Fujitsu Teams with Indiana University on Optical Communications Research

May 30, 2008

Fujitsu Network Communications, a provider of IT and wireline/wireless networking solutions, has teamed with Indiana University (IU) on breakthrough research about the effects that Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) can have on specific wavelengths traveling at 40 Gbps or more.

"Our collaboration with Fujitsu has allowed us to interact with the scientists from one of the leading research entities in optical networking," said Brad Wheeler, vice president for information technology and CIO at Indiana University.

"Together, using advanced technology from Fujitsu, we were able to discover several optical characteristics that will have a profound implication on high speed networking across the globe. Our experience continues to be extremely positive, and we look forward to future research projects with Fujitsu."

The Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC) of IU offers dark fiber between Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana, together with access to patch panels, electrical power, the Internet, and physical space to conduct the tests. Fujitsu and IU teamed on the test plan to ensure that collected data can be used to influence future optical networking research and commercial products.

Read more: TMCnet

Beijing2008.cn Leaps to Next Generation Net

May 30, 2008

The official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (www.beijing2008.cn) upgraded to the IPv6 system, the next generation Internet, on Friday.

It is the first time in the history of the Olympic Games that an Olympic website has been developed using high-speed IPv6 technology.

The announcement was made at a press conference, where the launching of the domain -- ipv6.beijing2008.cn -- was witnessed by officials from Tsinghua University, the China Education Research Network (CERNET), the Technology Department of BOCOG and Sohu.com, the Internet content sponsor of the Beijing Olympic Games.

From now on, IPv6 users across the world can visit www.beijing2008.cn through China's next generation Internet CNGI-CERNET2.

Read more: The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Experts Highlight Security Trends for Hospitals, Offices & Schools at Symposium

May 29, 2008

"About 10 percent or more of U.S. healthcare workers are assaulted each year," said Tony W. York, CPP, CHPA, president, International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) to security professionals attending the "Serious About Security - 2008 Symposium" at the Intercontinental Hotel Conference Center-Cleveland Clinic Campus, Cleveland.

Sponsored by turnkey access control provider, Matrix Systems of Dayton, OH, the recent symposium also featured security expert presentations from Texas A & M University (TAMU), College Station, TX; medical imaging manufacturer, Carestream Health of Rochester, NY; and Security Risk Management Consultants of Columbus, OH. The symposium also featured a tour of the access control and security system command center controlling/monitoring the 1.5-square-mile Cleveland Clinic's campus, home to the largest heart hospital in the US.

York, who is also senior vice president-security at Hospital Shared Services, bases his assaults estimate on a recent meeting with officials from the National Health Services (NHS), the United Kingdom's publicly-funded healthcare system. "We don't have a national incident reporting system here, but the NHS reports 55,000 assaults on UK healthcare workers last year and they suspect at least another 55,000 incidents weren't reported," said York during his "Security Design Considerations for the Healthcare Market" presentation. "That's 110,000 assaults in a healthcare system with only 1.3 million employees."

Read more: FacilityBlog

Internet2 Expands Schools' Possibilities

May 27, 2008

Thanks to a partnership with nearby research universities, students at Georgia's Barrow County Schools have used a high-definition video link to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta to control cameras and view images of sea life remotely from their classrooms; learned calculus from Georgia Tech instructors using a "virtual whiteboard" application; and interacted with researchers on the ocean floor near Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary just off Sapelo Island, Ga., among other activities.

Barrow County is one of several K-12 school districts that have teamed up with member universities belonging to the ultra high-speed Internet2 network, giving them access to this advanced higher-education research network and the many opportunities for learning that it affords.

Read more: eSchool News

HEC Initiates High Speed Internet Access for Universities

May 24, 2008

The Higher Education Commission has initiated a project of multi gigabit network titled "Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN2)" for the education and research community of the country.

This multi gigabit network will replace the existing network of PERN which is primarily based on legacy telecommunication system.

The PERN2 will interlink all public and private sectors academic and research institutes of the country through metro fiber ring using Multi Gigabit Metro Ethernet technology in the seven metro cities of Pakistan.

Read more: Associated Press of Pakistan

EXPReS Project Creates 11,000km Real-time Virtual Telescope

May 23, 2008

For the first time yesterday, members of the EXPReS project (Express Production Real-time e-VLBI Service) simultaneously linked telescopes in Africa, Europe, North America and South America to the central data correlator in the Netherlands, simulating a telescope almost 11,000 kilometers in diameter.

Telescopes in Chile, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Sweden simultaneously observed quasar 3C454.3 and additional targets and streamed data to the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE). There the data was correlated in real-time, and results were transmitted to Bruges, Belgium, as part of a live demonstration at the TERENA Networking Conference 2008.

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Data from all seven telescopes was routed across numerous networks, including: AtlanticWave, AMPATH, Centennial, DFN, GÉANT2 (operated by EXPReS project member DANTE), Internet2, Netherlight (operated by EXPReS project member SURFnet), NGIX, RedCLARA, Reuna, SANReN, StarLight and TENET.

Read more: HPCwire

Free Videoconferencing Services for the Month of May

May 2008

ALL Commons services [offered by the Internet2 Commons], both current and new ..., are FREE during the month of May 2008. Everyone is encouraged to try out the Commons services, demonstrate them to your organizations, etc. As always, Commons services can only be requested by a certified site coordinator.

Read more: Internet2 Commons

InCommon Provides Online Identity Management Platform for Microsoft DreamSpark Program

May 20, 2008

InCommon(R), the first nationwide U.S. identity management federation for higher education, and Microsoft Corp. today announced that InCommon's platform will be the preferred verification method for U.S. students to access software in Microsoft's DreamSpark program. Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, announced the DreamSpark offering at a special event held at Stanford University in February. DreamSpark provides professional development and design tools free of charge to students in ten countries around the world.

"Microsoft's participation in the InCommon Federation provides us with a more seamless and scalable pathway to collaborating with our important university partners," said Jim Pinkelman, director of U.S. Academic Relations for Microsoft. "We look forward to working with the Federation to engage members of the university community in a new way by extending a more user- and privacy-friendly environment that can provide access to a wider array of Microsoft's online resources."

The InCommon Federation is a non-profit initiative of Internet2 which serves the U.S. higher education sector. The Federation has close to two million users at over 80 higher education institutions and service providers and continues to rapidly expand. The InCommon Federation works by linking a resource provider's online system to a partner university's identity management system. When a student logs into the resource provider site, they are asked for their university credentials. The university system is then able to "vouch for" or "authenticate" the student, staff, or faculty to enable their access to that online resource without releasing an individual's personal information. Personal information release can be adjusted and controlled easily, based on the partnership between the university and the online resource.

Read more: Internet2 News

UM System, Jackson Lab to Get Super-Fast Net Service

May 18, 2008

The University of Maine System has hired Oxford Networks to provide the state's universities and colleges and The Jackson Laboratory with high-speed Internet access.

Oxford Networks will extend its infrastructure 140 miles south to the Internet2 network in Boston. Internet2 is an advanced, super high-capacity nationwide broadband network for research and education purposes.

"The Jackson Laboratory is extremely excited about this, the final leg of our high-speed connectivity to the Internet and Internet2," said Scott McNeil, Jackson Lab's chief information officer. "The culmination of this portion of the route is key to our success and that of the University of Maine System."

The University of Maine System has been connected to Internet2 for at least a decade, but with bandwidth it leased. In partnership with Jackson Lab, the university system will build its own network, allowing it to oversee - and dramatically increase - its own bandwidth, speed and capability.

Read more: redOrbit

One in Four Data Breaches Involves Schools

May 14, 2008

Cyber criminals are becoming bolder and more sophisticated in their operations, federal computer security experts say. And that's bad news for schools, because educational institutions reportedly account for approximately one of every four data security breaches.

At a recent Educause/Internet2 conference for computer security professionals, federal and private-sector officials discussed the evolution of cyber criminals and the latest group of security threats. Their goal was twofold: to share strategies for protecting campus information, and to press upon school leaders the importance of educating a new generation of cyber defenders.

"A big shift is occurring: Hackers are becoming thieves, and everything from intellectual property to identities are being stolen in record numbers," said Brian Foster, vice president of product management for Symantec Corp.

Read more: eSchool News

Field Trips with a Virtual Twist

May 14, 2008

As the surgery progressed before them, the 30 juniors and seniors in John Redelsheimer's class reacted to crystal-clear images of sliced flesh and bone with predictable groans and urrrghs. They asked questions of the surgical staff, such as how long the implant might last, and how a full and partial knee replacement differ.

Students in the Robbinsdale Armstrong High School anatomy and physiology class observed Wednesday as a surgeon in Columbus, Ohio, performed total knee-replacement surgery on an 85-year-old woman. And they didn't even board a bus.

Students in the Robbinsdale district are among a select group for whom technological expertise and resources have aligned to allow them to take an e-field trip -- in this case, to Dr. Joel Politi's operating room. Other classes have been to the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minn., a classroom in Egypt and a village in Mozambique.

The session was sponsored by COSI, a science center in Columbus, Ohio. It was made possible by Web-driven video-conferencing technology via Internet2, a superfast network linking universities, industry and government. The basic technology -- the cameras and microphones -- isn't new, but schools haven't been able to use it fully until recently because most lack that fast, powerful connection.

Read more: StarTribune.com

Concordia Project Tackles Policy and Entitlements Management at Burton Group Catalyst Conference 2008

May 13, 2008

The Concordia Project, a global cross-industry initiative formed by members of the standards community to drive harmonization and interoperability among open standards, policy initiatives and protocols, today announced a public standards-based policy and entitlements management workshop taking place from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Burton Catalyst Conference in San Diego on June 23, 2008. The public meeting is sponsored by Liberty Alliance and Burton Group and is the first Concordia event to focus on policy and entitlements management and associated standards such as XACML and WS-Policy. The interactive session will feature use case and interoperability scenarios presented by representatives from the defense, government and manufacturing sectors. Registration and more information about the June 23 Concordia Project workshop is available at http://tinyurl.com/4dvtpa.

Read more: News Blaze

Techie Video Contests

May 5, 2008

Creative types interested in digital culture may want to enter a couple tech-related video contests.

In one, Total Recut has solicited video entries that answer the question "What Is Remix Culture?" Participants should submit videos that remix previously published video footage. The contest is intended to "promote awareness of remix culture in an educational capacity and to encourage the fair use of a wide variety of content." It is being judged by a number of well-known scholars and artists, including Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology comparative media studies program Henry Jenkins. (Find some examples of video remixes here.)

In another opportunity, college students are asked to submit computer security awareness posters and videos for a contest sponsored by the Educause/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force in cooperation with the ResearchChannel and CyberWatch. Entries should "explain computer security problems and specific actions college and university students can take to safeguard their computers or personal information."

Read more: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Ciena Solutions to Receive Interoperability Assessment and Optical Standards Conformance Certification for Use in Department of Defense Networks

May 5, 2008

Ciena(R: 70.91, -0.12, -0.16%) Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN), the network specialist, today announced the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) has completed testing of Ciena's CN 4200(R: 70.91, -0.12, -0.16%) FlexSelect(TM: 101.35, +0.79, +0.78%) Advanced Services Platform, CoreDirector(R: 70.91, -0.12, -0.16%) Multiservice Optical Switch and CoreStream(R: 70.91, -0.12, -0.16%) Agility Optical Transport System for optical standards and interoperability in Department of Defense (DOD: 9.29, -0.15, -1.58%) networks. The JITC testing verifies that the Ciena WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) and optical switching products adhere to various contract and testing requirements required by the DOD, making the purchase and deployment of the platforms by approved agencies for use within DOD networks an easier process.

Read more: FOX Business

FireEye Brings Anti-Botnet Protection to Higher Ed

May 5, 2008

FireEye, Inc., the leader in global anti-botnet protection, continues its anti-botnet offensive, helping educational institutions overcome their unique challenges to rid campus networks of stealth malware and botnets. In support of this effort, chief investigator Dr. Michael J. Staggs will co-present at the EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference, Security 2008, being held May 4-6, 2008 in Arlington, Va. He will be joined by FireEye customer Fred Archibald, network manager, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) for the University of California at Berkeley in a discussion entitled "FireEye, Inc. and UC Berkeley: Combating Stealth Malware and Botnets in Higher Education."

Read more: Business Wire

U.S. Internet, Health IT Prospects Improving

May 1, 2008

An international report ranks the United States' Internet infrastructure among the best in the world, tempering dire predictions of Internet traffic jams and suggesting the U.S. system is getting better, not worse.

With a rural broadband health project under way and new political fervor for health IT brewing, prospects for online health applications in the U.S. are looking better as well, some experts say.

Read more: iHealthBeat


April 2008


Spring 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting Streaming Video Available!

April 30, 2008

All of the netcasted events from the Spring 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting are now available as streaming video! Go here to find out more.

Read more: Spring Internet2 Member Meeting Home

CANARIE: Theatre Over Advanced Networks Wins Canadian Partner an International Award

April 29, 2008

ORION and CANARIE congratulate the University of Waterloo and its partners in Illinois and Florida on winning the prestigious Internet2 IDEA Award for their ground-breaking collaborative live theatre production.

The experimental performance of the 1923 Elmer Rice play "The Adding Machine", over high-speed networks, enabled by advanced digital video technology, was one of three projects recognized at the Internet2 spring meeting in Arlington, Virginia.

"We are proud that we were able to help make this breakthrough cultural experiment so successful" said ORION President/CEO Phil Baker.

Read more: marketwire.com

Identity Management Streamlined at University of Texas Campuses

April 28, 2008

As a powerful collaboration tool, the Internet poses a dilemma. Asking institutions to open their IT systems to users at other institutions, so that far-flung partners can work together, is like asking all homeowners to leave their doors unlocked. Trusted neighbors can drop by easily, but so can vandals and thieves.

On the other hand, if institutions ramp up security on their networks, that makes collaboration inconvenient. Imagine the level of community spirit in a neighborhood where you have to show identification and give a password to drop off your child for a play date at one home, and submit to a retina scan to join a bridge game at another.

Faced with a mandate to encourage collaboration and an equally urgent directive to better safeguard IT systems, the University of Texas (UT) produced a solution based on technology and carefully defined relationships. UT's Identity Management Federation lets participants at the university's 16 institutions use local credentials for secure access to remote resources.

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In 2004, using seed money from the National Science Foundation's Middleware Initiative, UT officials laid the foundation for the Identity Management Federation. The technology mechanism they chose was Shibboleth, an open source middleware solution based on Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). Shibboleth was developed by the networking consortium Internet2.

Read more: Government Technology

Laptop Orchestras Bridge the Distance

April 28, 2008

A couple of dozen Stanford music students lie flat on their stomachs or kneel on cushions in a campus rehearsal space, eyes fixed on laptop computer screens.

The room fills with what sounds like a humming chorus of tuned water-bowls; actually, it's the computer-generated equivalent. Conductor Ge Wang, gesturing, seems to push the pulsing chorus from one side of the orchestra to the other, as the musicians stroke the keys of their MacBooks.

On Tuesday, they will perform - in real time, via the Internet, in front of a live audience at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium - with musicians from Beijing University, 6,000 miles distant. With the aid of giant video screens, both groups will hear, watch and play along with each other.

Forty years after the Beatles, this is the real magical mystery tour: global music-making without setting foot in a bus or on a plane. And love is no longer all you need; what's needed is high-quality streaming audio, along with Internet2 video-networking in the service of music.

Read more: MercuryNews.com

'Evolution of the Internet' Powers Massive LHC Grid

April 23, 2008

jbrodkin brings us a story about the development of the computer network supporting CERN's Large Hadron Collider, which will begin smashing particles into one another later this year. We've discussed some of the impressive capabilities of this network in the past.

"Data will be gathered from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which hosts the collider in France and Switzerland, and distributed to thousands of scientists throughout the world. One writer described the grid as a 'parallel Internet.' Ruth Pordes, executive director of the Open Science Grid, which oversees the U.S. infrastructure for the LHC network, describes it as an 'evolution of the Internet.' New fiber-optic cables with special protocols will be used to move data from CERN to 11 Tier-1 sites around the globe, which in turn use standard Internet technologies to transfer the data to more than 150 Tier-2 centers. Worldwide, the LHC computing grid will be comprised of about 20,000 servers, primarily running the Linux operating system. Scientists at Tier-2 sites can access these servers remotely when running complex experiments based on LHC data, Pordes says. If scientists need a million CPU hours to run an experiment overnight, the distributed nature of the grid allows them to access that computing power from any part of the worldwide network"

Read more: Slashdot

Network-Enabled Radio Astronomy Wins First Internet2 Wave of the Future IDEA Award

April 23, 2008

This week at its Spring Member Meeting, Internet2 together with Level 3 Communications announced that the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) is the winner of the first Internet2 IDEA Wave of the Future Award for its recognized leadership in the development and use of a powerful, network-enabled electronic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (e-VLBI) application. E-VLBI allows "rapid response" science, providing the astronomers the ability to react reliably and quickly to unexpected astronomical events such as supernovae explosions.

The Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Awards seek to recognize innovators who are developing and deploying advanced applications that are enabling revolutionary progress in research, teaching and learning. For the first time this year, the Wave of the Future category highlights applications that specifically require or make use of a dedicated optical circuit technology.

Read more: PR Newswire

Research and Education Community Collaborates to Deploy Dynamic Circuit Network Capabilities

April 23, 2008

Since the completion of the new Internet2 Network infrastructure last fall, many organizations in the research and education community, including Internet2, several regional network Connectors, universities, national laboratories, as well as international and corporate partners have collaborated to deploy developmental dynamic circuit networking (DCN) capabilities to support a variety of large-scale research projects that require high-performance networking.

Dynamic Circuit Networking-enabled backbone networks, such as Internet2, the Department of Energy's ESnet, and the pan-European GÉANT2 AutoBAHN network, as well as several regional U.S. networks allow users to set up short-term dedicated network paths on demand for high-performance data transfers. In contrast with shared IP-based networks such as the commercial Internet, DCNs offer unprecedented control over dedicated network resources and enable demanding applications to maximize their utilization of the network.

Read more: Internet2 News

Winners of the Annual Internet2 IDEA Awards Announced

April 22, 2008

Today at its annual Spring Member Meeting, Internet2 announced the 2008 winners of its Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Awards program which seeks to recognize leading innovators who have created and deployed advanced network applications that have enabled transformational progress in research, teaching and learning. This year Internet2 introduced, in partnership with Level 3 Communications, a new award category called the Wave of the Future which focused on applications that specifically require or make use of dedicated optical circuit technology.

This year's IDEA Award winners include Bradley University's production of "The Adding Machine" and the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health's "Geography-independent Cancer Research Tools." The IDEA Wave of the Future Award winner is The CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility's "Using Advanced Networks to Transform High-Angular Resolution Astrophysics." The University of Delaware's Phoebus project and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's High-Energy Physics dynamic circuit network data transfer application earned honorable mentions.

Read more: Internet2 News

Yes, Virginia, There Is PBS on Your Colleges' Web Sites

April 22, 2008

You're one of those people who, for whatever reason, can't get enough public television, right? (After all, you read The Chronicle, and PBS really is a fellow traveler.) Maybe it's the gee-whiz science of NOVA, or the savoir-faire of David Brancaccio on NOW, or maybe you just really like to watch pledge drives.

Well, we have good news for you, at least if you are at a college in Virginia. VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, is now providing access to PBS resources for all of its 70 public and private members in higher education. The organization, a consortium of college and university libraries, has licensed 500 hours of PBS programming, in video form, for streaming over the Internet.

But how to keep out interlopers, and ensure that only members get to watch? Seventy colleges with ever-changing populations of students are hard to police. And smaller campuses simply don't have enough bandwidth for lots of video. So the consortium has begun using InCommon, an "identity management" program developed by Internet2, the university-networking organization.

Read more: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Internet2 Community Releases Shibboleth Version 2.0

April 21, 2008

Internet2 today announced that it has released Shibboleth 2.0, the latest major version of the most widely-deployed federated authentication implementation. Developed by the Internet2 community and its partners around the world, the latest release greatly enhances several key elements of Shibboleth in an effort to ensure interoperability with other commercial and open-source federated identity solutions; to improve personalization and security; as well as to ease installation, management and operation processes.

The goal is to provide a more robust and interoperable platform that will help catalyze the worldwide growth of higher education and research federations like the InCommon Federation which serves the U.S. higher education sector and provides a framework for participating organizations to collaborate and share resources using Shibboleth technology.

Read more: Internet2 News

Work Begins on URI's $15M Inner Space Center

April 17, 2008

Providence-based Gilbane Building Co. this month began construction of the $15 million undersea exploration center at the University of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay Campus.

The 41,000-square-foot building - dubbed the Inner Space Center - will use satellite and Internet2 systems to give local students the opportunity for live remote interaction with ocean-going expeditions. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2009, according to Gilbane.

Read more: Providence Business News

Spring 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting Netcast!

April 17, 2008

The Spring 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting will be available through streaming video on the 22nd and 23rd of April! We are working on showing the netcasts on campus (further details to follow), but the links to the netcasts themselves can be found here. (The streaming links will appear once the event in question is live.)

Some of the sessions to be netcast include "Campus Cyber-infrastructure", "Science in the Cinema Via Videoconferencing", "Dynamic Circuits and Commercial Implementations of Dynamic Circuits", "Virtual Worlds/Educational Gaming Panel", and many more!

Read more: Spring Internet2 Member Meeting Home

Fujitsu Collaborates with Indiana University on Optical Communications Research

April 17, 2008

Fujitsu Network Communications, a leading supplier of IT and wireline/wireless networking solutions, announced today that they are successfully collaborating with Indiana University (IU) on breakthrough research about the effects that Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) can have on specific wavelengths traveling at 40 Gbps or more. This collaboration experience between two leading research entities, which was facilitated by their active involvement with Internet2, will be the model for future research networking experiments between Fujitsu and other Research & Education (R&E) institutions.

Read more: BusinessWire.com

Internet2 K20 Initiative Launches Social Networking Site for Faculty, Administrators, and Students

April 16, 2008

The Internet2 K20 Initiative today announced that it has launched a brand new social networking site called Muse (http://k20.internet2.edu/) which seeks to significantly enhance collaboration, information-sharing and technology opportunities for the over 50,000 K-12 schools, community colleges, libraries and museums in 38 U.S. states that are now connected to the Internet2 backbone network. The site is also expected to provide a better bridge between the U.S. K20 community and its international counterparts worldwide. Within the short time since launching, the new site has already experienced significant uptake within the community.

Read more: Internet2 News

Collaborative Security Initiatives Spark Interest

April 14, 2008

IT executives who flocked to the RSA Conference heard more evidence that enterprise networks are increasingly vulnerable. An estimated 250,000 computers are compromised every day, says Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of the BSA.

The number of exploits is seven times higher than it was a year ago, and the cyberthreat is "growing exponentially," he said.

While vendors are rallying to improve enterprise security options, no one suggests it will be easy. A number of the 550 speakers at RSA highlighted the need for more industry collaboration to better fight the threats.

Read more: CIO India

ID Theft Monitor Draws RSA Conferees

April 11, 2008

On a flat-screen television monitor in the basement of Moscone Center in San Francisco, thieves are buying and selling stolen identities.

To the right of the screen is a list of the hackers' nicknames - Bitzers, Blacknet, Block13 and so on. On the left are the offers of the personal information they're selling: "SSN DOB USA 4$ BEST PRICE."

"He's guaranteed to be a victim of identity theft," said Tim Lukens, a vice president at Affinion Group, as he watched a sample name, phone number, e-mail and mother's maiden name of one unfortunate man scroll by. "He just doesn't know it yet."

The screen was capturing a live recording of an Internet Relay Chat channel, an Internet-enabled conference call where data thieves often congregate. These particular thieves were outside the country, Lukens said - "beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement."

Read more: SFGate

NEC Plots a 100 Gbps Course

April 9, 2008

While the idea of bringing even multiple Kbps or even a megabit was once thought of as science fiction, today enterprises and consumers are getting multiple Mbps and even Gbps of bandwidth. Such traffic is driving service providers to consider migrating to 40 and even 100 Gbps backbones. In the following Audiocast, Sean Buckley, Editor in Chief of Telecommunications, talks to Rocky Kler, vice president and general manager, NEC Corporation of America, Optical Network Systems Division, about the potential of 100 Gbps networking.

Read more: Telecommunications Online

The Cybercrime Economy

April 9, 2008

Dot-coms daunted by the financial downturn would be well advised to look to the cybercrime economy.

Cybercriminals "have very sound business models," said Joe St Sauver, manager of Internet2 Security Programs through the University of Oregon at an RSA Conference panel on Wednesday, "better than many corporate business plans I routinely see."

The conference session, "Deconstructing the Modern Online Criminal Ecosystem," offered interesting insight into the way the Internet's black market works.

While most of the security professionals I've spoken with at RSA expressed optimism about dealing with future cyberthreats, I find it hard to see where that optimism comes from, given the economics of cybercrime as explained by the participating panelists.

One of them was Larry. He provided no last name and asked that his picture not be published, presumably for his safety. He's the chief investigator for Spamhaus.org, a site that tracks spammers. "It's almost impossible to take these [spam Web sites] down because the DNS changes every five minutes or so," he said.

"Almost impossible" is not the stuff of optimism.

Read more: The InformationWeek BLOG

HEC Launches Research, Education Connection with US Foundation

April 9, 2008

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of United States of America (USA) are jointly funding a high performance research and education network connection to support Pak-US Science and Technology collaborations.

This dedicated network will link scientists, research facilities, supercomputers and databases in Pakistan and the US. This project will connect the existing PERN and the developing PERN2 network to the global research and education network infrastructure. This connection will be implemented by a joint purchase of capacity on an undersea cable system connecting PERN/PERN2 in Karachi to an international network connection point in Singapore.

"The launching of new connection is part of HEC's strategy to leap frog forward. We have similar parallel networks connections to connect Pakistan to research networks in Europe, Canada and Korea. The HEC has come of age and it has been successful in creating the infrastructure for best quality research through harnessing technology," said Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman, Chairman HEC, while speaking as chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of seminar on ‘Dedicated Research and Education Connection between Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN) and Internet2 of the USA'.

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In his welcome speech, Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC, termed the new project a dedicated digital motorway between Pakistan and USA.

"Today we are launching a high-speed connection with Internet2 of USA with a complete focus on research. This will not be used for commercial purpose", he said.

Read more: Associated Press of Pakistan

Philadelphia Orchestra's Global Concert Series Continues

April 9, 2008

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Global Concert Series continues with a broadcast of its performance on Thursday, April 10, at 8:00 p.m. (EST). The live concert, with enhanced and interactive content, will be transmitted in HD and Dolby surround sound. This season, dozens of colleges and universities in the United States and Europe have participated in the Global Concert Series program.

The Orchestra has two additional transmissions scheduled for the remainder of the season on May 3, and May 16, 2008.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra is the first major orchestra to transmit live concerts to multiple large screen venues on college and university campuses. Its Global Concert Series, begun in September 2007, is made possible through a partnership among the Orchestra, the Internet2 Consortium, and the presenting schools.

Read more: HULIQ.com

Infinera Boosts Lead in Key Market Segment

April 8, 2008

Infinera (Nasdaq:INFN) confirmed its rapid emergence as a leader in the optical networking market by taking first place for the full year 2007 in a new study of the North American multi-reach DWDM market, and taking fourth place worldwide in that market segment.

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[Among other things, i]n 2007, Infinera: ... extended its reach in the research, education, and government market with wins at BOREAS-Net and the state of New Mexico, while continuing to support Internet2 as it built out its nationwide and metro networks offering connectivity to more than 200 academic and government Internet2 members.

Read more: FOX Business

Security Sleuths Search for a Single Sign-On Solution

April 8, 2008

Security vendors are working to create a single sign-on that would make it easy for users to log on to the Web and to different Web sites. Project Concordia -- formed last year by vendors offering electronic identity products to create a harmonized standard and ensure identity initiatives and protocols can interoperate -- held a series of demonstrations by seven vendors: FuGen Solutions, Internet2, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL), Ping Identity, Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: JAVA) and Symlabs.

Read more: TechNewsWorld

'Next-Gen Internet' Still Faces Many Questions

April 7, 2008

The blogosphere has been buzzing about a Times Online story from Sunday, talking about the Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid and its progress.

The Times characterizes it as a next-generation Internet, in the vein of the Internet2 project which links researchers and universities in the United States. The LHCCG, however, has nodes in Switzerland at CERN, as well as 11 sites elsewhere across the world.

The hook here is that the Large Hadron Collider is close to launching (albeit with concerns from some quarters that it will destroy the world. When it launches, the trillions of gigabytes per year of data it generates will need to be disseminated out to researchers, hence the need for the LHCCG network.

Read more: ExtremeTech

Clemson's Jim Bottum Elected to National Internet2 Board

April 6, 2008

Clemson University employee Jim Bottum has been elected to the board of trustees for Internet2.

The board is comprised of more than 300 member institutions that include universities, corporations, government research agencies and not-for-profit networking organizations.

Read more: independentmail.com

Researchers Squeeze 20-second Clarinet Solo into 1KB File

April 3, 2008

Despite being derided for its lack of resolution and flexibility, no real contender for MIDI's throne has appeared in its 25-year history. Still, Professor Mark Bocko thinks he might have found a superior approach—as long as you like solo clarinet. The end result is a 20-second recording in a file smaller than a single kilobyte.

Related StorieseMusic to charge more for music Making money selling music without DRM: the rise of eMusic A brave new world: the music biz at the dawn of 2008 Indie labels "revolting" against eMusic's low prices? Bocko, department chair for electrical and computer engineering at the University of Rochester, along with two of his doctoral students, Xiaoxiao Dong and Mark Sterling, have combined physical instrument modeling with a simulation of the musician's movements to create a synthesizer that recreates a clarinet solo in a very small data format. But that's not the really interesting part, says Bocko. What makes his technique different from previous synthesis approaches is that it's driven by acoustic analysis.

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The original purpose of the project was to explore real-time musical interaction over the Internet2 network. Upon experimenting, however, Bocko found that the bandwidth of Internet2 was sufficient to transmit actual audio streams with the same latency as a compressed representation, and so the team moved their research in a new direction. They chose the clarinet for modeling because it has been reasonably well-studied, and there are even a few papers on the physics of woodwind reeds in the literature. Also, the availability of a willing clarinet player to volunteer for recording didn't hurt.

Read more: ars technica

Building A Faster Internet

April 2, 2008

A conductor in Tokyo moves his baton, and an orchestra in Cleveland starts to play. A few bars later, a violinist in Berlin joins in. To compensate for a slight delay, the musicians play along with an electronic metronome. The performance is broadcast on high-fidelity speakers and high-definition television. Such a musical experiment would be challenging enough for a television network to pull off; over the Internet, it would be impossible.

That may soon change. Engineers are developing a new type of Internet connection called a dynamic-circuit network that could carry so much data so quickly it might startle even Net surfers in Japan or South Korea. If all goes to plan, the vast data speeds required for such a collaboration may soon be available to all. That might go a long way to solving the problem of how to handle the enormous growth in Internet traffic, which by some estimates is doubling each year.

Read more: Newsweek

ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000RE Enables High-Bandwidth Research and Distance Learning Across Growing Georgia Network

April 2, 2008

ADVA Optical Networking today announced that the University System of Georgia has deployed the ADVA Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000RE optical transport system to expand PeachNet®, a statewide communications network supporting more than 60 University System of Georgia (USG) sites, as well as other government agencies, education institutions and public libraries in the state. The ADVA Optical Networking solution supports high-bandwidth research and online learning applications - as well as Internet access, video, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and business applications - for millions of users across the state.

Read more: marketwire.com


March 2008


FireEye Joins Internet2 to Participate in Consortium's Development of High-Performance Network Security and Malware Analysis Initiatives

March 25, 2008

FireEye, Inc., a leader in global anti-botnet protection, today announced that it has joined Internet2 as a corporate member. Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and higher education communities. FireEye plans to collaborate with the Internet2 community on advanced network security projects involving high-performance network security and next-generation malware analysis. In addition, FireEye and Internet2 will host a joint webinar titled "Botnet Incident Response" on April 2, 2008. FireEye's chief security content officer Dr. Fengmin Gong will also present "Scaling Security Analysis vs. Next-Gen Botnet Malware Using VM-Based Analysis," at the Spring Internet2 Member Meeting on April 21-23 in Arlington, Va. Harold Stonebraker, a security investigator at FireEye, will present "Incident Response and Network Forensics: Avoiding Common IR Errors."

Read more: Business Wire

Concordia Project to Showcase Identity Management Interoperability at RSA Conference 2008

March 24, 2008

The Concordia Project, a global cross-industry initiative formed by members of the identity community to drive harmonization and interoperability among identity initiatives and protocols, today announced its first interoperability event taking place at RSA Conference 2008 inSan Francisco on Monday, April 7 from 9:00am - 12:30pm. The event will include FuGen Solutions, Internet2, Microsoft, Oracle, Ping Identity, Sun Microsystems and Symlabs demonstrating varying interoperability scenarios using Information Card, Liberty Alliance, and WS-* identity protocols. Over 500 RSA Conference participants have registered to attend the Concordia Project interoperability event to date.

Read more: News Blaze

Internet2 Announces Board of Trustees Election Results

March 18, 2008

Internet2 today announced the results of its 2008 Board of Trustees elections. Representing leaders from academia, research, and industry, Internet2's Board of Trustees provides strategic guidance, directs the setting of priorities, and ensures that Internet2 continues to meet the needs of the research and education community which it serves.

Read more: Internet2 News

RedSky 3rd Generation Location Information Server Chosen for Next Generation 9-1-1 Proof of Concept Test

March 17, 2008

RedSky Technologies, a leading provider of E911 location information management solutions, today announced that its new, 3rd generation Location Information Server (LIS) has been chosen by the US Department of Transportation's Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) Initiative to support Proof of Concept testing of its new NG9-1-1 architecture. The announcement was made at VoiceCon Orlando 2008.

"Our 3rd generation Location Information Server determines the physical location of Voice over IP (VoIP)-enabled devices and communicates this location information back to these devices as well as to next-generation 9-1-1 network elements," says Nicholas Maier, RedSky senior vice president. "We are proud to participate in the development of next-generation location services that will support 9-1-1 service for existing and emerging IP-based devices and next-generation wired and wireless networks."

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The 3rd generation Location Information Server was donated by RedSky to Texas A&M University who will install the server in its Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC) laboratory in College Station, TX.

Read more: The Earth Times

JA-SIG Spring Conference Positioned as Premier Open Source Event for Higher Education in 2008

March 17, 2008

JA-SIG, the non-profit organization focusing on the sharing of open technology in higher education, today announced that its JA-SIG Spring 2008 Conference will be expanded to include partners, communities, and solutions for CAS, DSpace, Fedora, Fluid, Internet2 Middleware, Kuali, Sakai, and uPortal. The conference, to be held April 27-30, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota, promises to be the premier open source event for higher education in 2008. The conference, themed as "Higher Education Solutions: The Community Source Way!", will feature seminars, presentations, panels, poster sessions, and various educational tracks showcasing cutting-edge community source solutions from each of the collaborating projects. Also at the conference will be a number of commercial partners demonstrating their capabilities and experience with community source projects. For more information on the conference or to register, visit: http://www.ja-sig.org/conferences/08spring/registration.html.

Read more: marketwire

Bergen Community College Presents "The Ron Mazurek Memorial Concert"

March 14, 2008

Bergen Community College presents a memorial concert for former Bergen professor Dr. Ron Mazurek on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Hall Recital Hall, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus. This performance will be an interactive collaborative event utilizing Internet2 technology between Bergen and the University of California at Irvine.

Read more: The Paramus Post

High-tech Capabilities Drive Lab's Ongoing Bandwidth Appetite

March 13, 2008

Tucked away within the labyrinth of subterranean hallways beneath The Jackson Laboratory is the world's most powerful optical microscope.

With it, research scientists here are using laser light to visualize in three dimensions such biomolecular wonders as the structure of genetic material within the nucleus of a single cell.

Researchers throughout the world can make use of the instrument, too, as it can be remotely controlled and its imagery distributed digitally to scientists who understand the significance of what they're seeing.

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Working in partnership with the University of Maine, Jackson Lab has spent the last four years expanding its bandwidth capabilities and tapping into Internet2. A research and development consortium involving more than 200 U.S. universities, Internet2 users work closely with industry and government in developing advanced networking capabilities that extend well beyond the limitations of the conventional Internet.

"We needed to go from 20 megabytes to, some people said, up to 1 gigabyte, which is 50 times what we had," said Scott McNeil, the Lab's senior director for informational technology and its chief information officer. "Quite frankly, back then, I didn't believe that."

He does now. Beyond the many other 24/7 bandwidth requirements of the Lab's 38 biomedical research teams, the 4Pi microscope on its own can generate a terabyte of data in a single day. That's the equivalent of 1,000 gigabytes, or 1 trillion bytes.

"We had 25 or 26 terabytes over the last 30 years of data storage for the whole lab," McNeil said. "And then suddenly we had this device that can generate a terabyte a day. Not only can you generate it, you have to store it someplace and back it up someplace and deal with how you share it."

Read more: The Ellsworth American

Higher-Education Groups Urge Federal Lawmakers to Oppose File-Sharing Measure

March 12, 2008

A coalition of 13 higher education groups is urging education leaders in Congress to reject a provision in the Higher Education Act approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last month that would require colleges to buy computer tools to detect student music and video piracy and to offer students subscription-based music services.

The American Council on Education this week sent a letter to some members of the House and Senate - on behalf of 12 other higher education groups - stating that "legitimate online alternatives and technologies designed to deter illegal file sharing are largely ineffective." The letter was sent to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and to the ranking minority member of the committee, Sen. Michael B. Enzi. It was also sent to Rep. George Miller, chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and to the ranking minority member of the committee, Rep. Buck McKeon.

In addition to the council, the signatories to the letter are: the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Community College Trustees, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Educause, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Internet2, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

Read more: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Verizon Moving to 100Gbps Network in '09

March 10, 2008

Verizon Business plans to start deploying a 100Gbps network over its major routes at the start of 2009.

Verizon Business has long said that it viewed 40G network capability as a mere stepping stone to an eventual 100G network. Fred Briggs, Verizon Business' executive vice president of operations and technology, says the company will deploy 100G network capabilities over all its major routes within the United States, which include routes connecting cities such as New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago, in the first quarter of 2009.

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Verizon was the first telecom company to conduct a field trial over a native 100Gbps network. In June 2007, Level 3 finished building a nonnative 100Gbps network for Internet2. Unlike Verizon's test 100G network, the Internet2 network features 10 10Gbps links that are provisioned on each network segment, and can be scaled up to 100Gbps, depending on network demands.

Read more: NetworkWorld.com

Live Ocean Broadcasts Bring Monterey Bay to the Classroom

March 6, 2008

Thousands of students across the country this week have forayed into the mysterious world deep beneath the waters of Monterey Bay without leaving land.

The students have seen swaying, sunlit kelp forests 100 feet tall. They've seen a predatory sun star with 24 legs creeping across a rock in search of food. They've seen the hypnotic gyrations of the Spanish Dancer, a snail-like animal with a swishy fringe of orange tentacles.

This glimpse into the life of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has come courtesy of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its partner, Immersion Presents, a science education program based in Rhode Island.

They're producing five half-hour long broadcasts per day March 2-7, which are beamed live from Monterey Bay through Internet2 [fiber optic] technology and satellite. The broadcasts can be seen at 84 sites nationwide -- at museums, aquariums, science centers, and Boys & Girls Clubs -- as well as on the Internet.

Read more: Santa Cruz Sentinel


February 2008


AIU Signs $8 Million Agreement for RWAN

February 29, 2008

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) has announced an $8 million master service agreement with two telecommunications companies for construction and Internet services, according to a press release. The move is part of the company's development of an ultra high-speed Regional Wide Area Network (RWAN) for school districts.

Under the agreement, Expedient Communications, a leading provider of data center and managed data network services for local business customers in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Boston, will deliver Internet and hosting services from its Green Tree facility. On the other hand, Sunesys, a Warrington, Pa.-based telecommunications company, will be responsible for setting-up the network's physical structure across 130 miles.

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With the new RWAN, school network communication speeds will increase from 10 to 1,000 megabits per second. It will allow districts to connect to each other, to schools across the state as well as to Internet2. In December, the AIU had received a three-year, $2.35 million state E-Fund grant for RWAN development. The agency is expecting Federal E-Rate funding soon.

Read more: TMCnet

Brookline Students Use Videoconferencing to Connect with Students All Over the Globe

February 23, 2008

With cameras rolling, 15 fifth-graders shouted with gusto, "Hello, world, from Pittsburgh Brookline."

The world was waiting.

That greeting was the start of an educational presentation sent live Thursday over the Internet and Internet2 to hundreds of schools in 13 countries as part of the fifth annual Megaconference Jr.

The conference, which has grown from about 50 schools, is just one sign that students around the world are eager to connect with one another.

Read more: post-gazette NOW News

Asia-Pacific TEIN3 Network Gets 18M [Pound] Boost

February 21, 2008

Collaboration between researchers in the Asia-Pacific region and their peers across the globe has been extended by an 18 million [pound] investment in the new TEIN3 high-speed research and education network from the European Union and its Asian partners. The new network is set to initially link 11 countries at speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps and run until 2011. It will enable increased cooperation between researchers in over 4,000 institutions across the region, and underpin global collaboration through links to the European GÉANT2 network.

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TEIN3 will link to the European GÉANT2 network, the world's most advanced international research and education network. Through GÉANT2's connections, researchers in the region will be able to collaborate with colleagues across other EU-funded networks in Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East, as well in the United States through the Internet2 network, thus creating a truly global research community.

Read more: GRIDToday.com

Community College Upgrades Network for Video Collaboration

February 19, 2008

Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA has upgraded its data network and installed Extreme Networks switches to support video collaboration applications. Additionally, all servers were upgraded to Gigabit speeds. Extreme BlackDiamond 8800 switches support the core of the network, and Summit X450 switches outfit the edge. These switches feature Power over Ethernet (PoE), as well as routing capabilities. PoE enables network devices to run off a single CAT5 Ethernet cable that carries both data and power.

The 10,000-student campus replaced its Ethernet network to support video conferencing via Internet2. Internet2 is a global, non-profit organization consisting of universities that develop and deploy advanced network applications and high-speed networking technologies. Members of the consortium are testing new forms of network capabilities, such as IPv6 and multicasting, both of which the campus needed for its video collaboration initiative.

Read more: CampusTechnology.com

New 'Net Neutrality' Bill Introduced

February 13, 2008

"Reps Ed Markey (D-MA) and Chip Pickering (R-MS) introduced the 'Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008' (HR 5353) this week. The proposed legislation [PDF] would not legislate what is and is not 'neutral'. Instead, it would add a section to the 'Broadband Policy' section of the Communications Act which spells out principles the FCC is expected to uphold, in addition to having them hold summits which would 'assess competition, consumer protection, and consumer choice issues related to broadband Internet access services' and make it easy for citizens to submit comments or complaints online."

Read more: Slashdot

Listening to the Sound of a Celestial Black Hole

February 9, 2008

Scientists hope that a new supercomputer being built by Syracuse University's Department of Physics may help them identify the sound of a celestial black hole. The supercomputer, dubbed SUGAR (SU Gravitational and Relativity Cluster), will soon receive massive amounts of data from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) that was collected over a two-year period at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). LIGO is funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by Caltech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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It also takes a dedicated, high-speed fiber-optic network to transfer the data between Caltech and SU. To accomplish that, SU's Information Technology and Services (ITS) collaborated with NYSERNet to build a special pathway for the LIGO data on the high-speed fiber optic network that crisscrosses the United States. The one-gigabit pathway begins in the Physics Building and traverses SU's fiber-optic network to Machinery Hall and then to a network facility in downtown Syracuse, which the University shares with NYSERNet. From there, the pathway connects to NYSERNet's fiber-optic network and goes to New York City. In New York City, the pathway switches to the Internet2 high-speed network and traverses the country, ending in a computer room in Caltech.

Read more: AzoOptics.com

Victor Firm to Provide Fiber-optic Resources to Cornell

February 8, 2008

Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc. in Victor has signed a 20-year lease with Cornell University to provide "dark fiber" that will allow the university to easily upgrade its fiber-optic network over the duration of the contract.

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Dark fiber is the term given to fiber-optic cable that has not yet been connected to electronics, as opposed to "lit fiber," which the provider would service and set bandwidth limitations on.

Cornell opted for dark fiber because it allows the university to create its own high-bandwidth networks to send large volumes of information without having to pay as it goes.

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The fiber allows an alternative path to research networks such as Internet2, National LambdaRail and Teragrid, Vernon wrote in an e-mail to The Journal.

Read more: The Ithaca Journal

Extreme Networks Boosts Adoption of Internet2 With IPv6 Enabled Network for Pennsylvania Community College

February 8, 2008

Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) is assisting Bucks County Community College in its transition to a next generation network that supports Internet2 applications, enabling video collaboration. Extreme Networks(R: 57.72, -0.69, -1.18%) provided Bucks with a new converged network with flexibility of supporting IPv4 and IPv6 switching and routing as well as 10 Gigabit core speeds and a Gigabit edge.

Read more: FOXBusiness

College Rolls Out IPv6 in Full Upgrade

February 7, 2008

Bucks County Community College is midway through a three-year, $750,000 network upgrade that depends heavily on IPv6 switching hardware that is used to support video collaboration applications.

While IPv6 technology has been slow to catch on in business settings in the U.S., it is gaining ground in research and government installations, as well as in education settings such as the Bucks County two-year college in Newtown, Pa., analysts and vendors said.

One reason IPv6 hasn't moved faster in business settings is because IT managers have sometimes relied on machine translators to continue to use IPv4 addresses to adapt to IPv6 environments, analysts and IT managers have said.

However, the Bucks County college has benefited from making its IPv6 changeover, primarily to gain access to video streaming in Internet 2-related applications, said Ron Smith, director of networking and telecommunications at the community college.

Read more: ComputerWorld

Internet2 and EDUCAUSE Awarded NSF Grant to Develop Collaboration Tools

February 6, 2008

The EDIT Consortium of Internet2 and EDUCAUSE has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for its ongoing work in the development of important middleware technologies. The grant will support further work in identity and access management and infrastructure that organizations use to verify and manage online user identity and access.

Research and education collaboration teams share many online tools and resources to do their work, including calendars, email list services, wikis and document sharing software. One of the primary goals of the EDIT Consortium is to help such groups improve their productivity through scalable tools that enable appropriate access to protected online resources.

Read more: Internet2 News

Extreme Networks Completes US Department of Defense Joint Interoperability Test Command VoIP Assurance Testing

February 6, 2008

Extreme Networks, Inc. today announced that the company's Ethernet switching products have completed and passed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Joint Interoperability Test Command VoIP Assurance testing for Assured Services Voice Application Local Area Network (ASVALAN) and these products are now certified to be interoperable to operate in DOD VoIP networks.

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To further adoption of next generation network services and meet the proliferation of devices supported at the edge of the network, Extreme Networks offers native hardware and software support of IPv6 and IPv4 protocols with its ExtremeXOS(TM) based Summit and BlackDiamond switches. This supports the emerging requirements for federal government data and communications infrastructure and Internet2. Tests performed in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) demonstrated that Extreme Networks core to edge network products, consisting of the BlackDiamond and Summit switches, support full featured IPv6 networking that is compliant with the requirements of the IPv6 Forum's Phase 2 IPv6 Ready program.

Read more: CNNMoney.com

Barrow has Big Plans for Internet2

February 2, 2008

Most students in the Barrow County School District won't be certified as scuba divers when they graduate from high school, but they'll still have had some face time with the deep sea residents of Georgia's Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

An entire class never would be able to fit into a Genome Research Lab at the University of Georgia, but they all will be able to get a close-up look at the way UGA's scientists engineer proteins to build new medicines.

Barrow County school administrators and teachers hope the school district's new connection to an Internet2 pipeline passing through Barrow County and new partnerships with research and arts institutions across Georgia and North America will give students an edge in the global marketplace, said schools Superintendent Ron Saunders.

Read more: OnlineAthens.com


January 2008


Behind the Scenes of Internet2

January 31, 2008

You might think the network you oversee is big, but consider Chris Robb's new job: network operations manager for Internet2, which in October announced completion of a new research and education network boasting initial capacity of 100Gbps nationwide. Robb takes on his new position as an assigned staff member from the Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC) at Indiana University and will be based in Bloomington, Ind. Network World Editor Bob Brown interviewed Robb by e-mail to get an idea of what lies ahead for him and Internet2.

Read more: WebWereld.com

HD Videoconferencing Links Critical Care Newborns from Rural Hospitals to Tertiary Care Facilities, Specialists

January 30, 2008

Without ever leaving the nursery, fragile babies born at Chillicothe's Adena Regional Medical Center are receiving clinical assessments from specialists an hour away at Nationwide Children's Hospital - thanks to high-definition videoconferencing capabilities made possible via the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

An example of telemedicine, the project enables specialists in Columbus to view distressed newborns with exceptional clarity, examine detailed x-rays, view lab results and consult with attending physicians in Chillicothe in real-time.

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These three regional telehealth networks will connect to Broadband Ohio's backbone to transport data traffic between regions in Ohio, as well as to use OSCnet to access Internet2, the primary national research and education network in the country. This fulfills a key requirement of the grant - that the healthcare traffic be able to flow across the country from Ohio.

Read more: newswise.com

Dragon Breathes New Life Into Internet2

January 29, 2008

Research and education consortium Internet2 has completed deployment of a hybrid control plane that supports IP and circuit networking across its new nationwide network.

The successful deployment of dynamic circuit networking puts to rest the group's Hybrid Optical and Packet Infrastructure (HOPI) testbed, which had helped integrate its IP network with dynamic circuit technologies.

The hybrid network takes advantage of control plane technology developed by the Dragon (Dynamic Resource Allocation via GMPLS Optical Networks) project.

Dragon's control plane software enables users of the Internet2 network to dynamically provision optical circuits of up to 10 Gbit/s, which allows researchers to share large amounts of data through dedicated connections.

Read more: LIGHTReading.com

ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000RE Enables Georgia's Barrow County K-12 Schools to Transform Educational Opportunities

January 24, 2008

ADVA Optical Networking today announced that deployment of the ADVA Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000RE in PeachNet® has enabled Barrow County Schools to implement a host of innovative services, including becoming the first K-12 school system in Georgia to connect to Internet2, the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium. Access to PeachNet is enabling Barrow County Schools to transform the education it provides students and to better attract, train and retain teachers.

"If we continue to do only education as usual, we're not providing our students the education they need to be global leaders," said Dr. Ron Saunders, superintendent of Barrow County Schools and the Georgia School Superintendents Association's 2008 Superintendent of the Year. "By connecting to Internet2, we are providing our students with educational opportunities that were simply impossible to offer only a few years ago. With this technology, we are keeping our students excited about learning and we are giving quality teachers more reasons to come to and stay in Barrow County."

Read more: PRWeb: Press Release Newswire

Internet2 Commercial Peering Service Continues to Expand

January 24, 2008

Internet2 is pleased to announce that its Commercial Peering (CP) Service has expanded, adding close to 10,000 new routes, as well as new regional R&E network participants. In addition, through the guidance and technical direction of the Internet2 Network Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC), comprised of technical leaders from the organization's member community, Internet2 is in the process of migrating IPv6 commercial connections to the CP service platform.

Read more: Internet2 News

New World Symphony Gets Major Grant

January 23, 2008

The New World Symphony, which broke ground in Miami Beach Wednesday on a new $200 million hall designed by architect Frank Gehry, is getting more than a new home.

The orchestra also received a $5 million grant, from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to advance its use of digital technology and transform the way audiences experience classical music.

Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation, said the Miami-based foundation chose to give NWS this grant because of the orchestra's innovative approach to concerts, such as its use of Internet2 technology for the remote exchange of master classes, seminars, rehearsals and symposia.

Read more: The Miami Herald

Internet2, Collaborators Introduce perfSONAR-PS Beta

January 22, 2008

Internet2 together with its collaborators has announced the beta release of perfSONAR-PS, a complementary set of network performance services developed under the umbrella of the global perfSONAR network performance measurement framework. Implemented in the Perl programming language, perfSONAR-PS enables network operators and engineers that already leverage a Perl-based environment to seamlessly integrate comprehensive performance measurement technology into their existing network management and measurement systems while still maintaining interoperability with other standards-based solutions. perfSONAR development is made possible through a global collaboration consortium led by ESnet, GÉANT, Internet2, and RNP (Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa) in Brazil.

Read more: Internet2 News

Internet2 Opens New Information, Education Highway at MU

January 21, 2008

Misericordia University recently connected to the high-tech educational tool, Internet2, as part of a regional collaboration between the private business sector, and regional high schools and institutions of higher education.

Funded in part by a Wall Street West grant, the Misericordia University community can use the faster Internet connection and larger bandwidth to participate in online classroom courses and communicate with colleges and universities across the country. Students and faculty at Misericordia will also be able to access special databases, digital libraries, virtual laboratories and long-distance learning programs due to the dedicated internet tool.

Read more: Misericordia University

Breakthroughs In Distance Theater Beam International Actors, Audiences Together

January 19, 2008

When Alice falls down the rabbit hole in the University of Central Florida's latest high-tech theater production, she'll end up hundreds of miles away -- in Illinois or Canada.

For the second year in a row, the UCF Conservatory Theatre is collaborating with other universities in a digital-age makeover of a stage classic. This time, Lewis Carroll's ageless fantasia will get an electronic overhaul that draws audiences into an Internet2 wonderland.

"Alice Experiments In Wonderland" opens Jan. 24 at the Mainstage theatre and runs through the first weekend in February.

The production is a partnership between the UCF Conservatory Theatre, Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and the University of Waterloo outside Toronto, which will simultaneously stage the show live using high-speed broadband connections, 2-D and 3-D sets and ceiling-high screens.

Read more: UCF News

A Global Concert Series

January 10, 2008

Close your eyes and imagine you are sitting in a theater, far away from Philadelphia, waiting to hear another sublime performance by the world famous Philadelphia Orchestra in Verizon Hall. You hear other concertgoers around you getting settled. The Fabulous Philadelphians are tuning up on stage. There is applause, so you know Music Director Christoph Eschenbach has just walked to the podium. He briefly welcomes the audience.

Now open your eyes because you won't just want to hear what comes next, you will want to see it. As the maestro raises his baton to ready the musicians for Tchaikovsky's gorgeous First Symphony, you see his face. His baton comes down, and there, close-up, you see Concertmaster David Kim, bow moving masterfully across his violin.

A little later, at intermission, you are transported backstage, where Assistant Principal Cello Yumi Kendall and Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales are arguing, good-naturedly, over who has the tougher job playing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, which is on the second half of the program. The maestro stops by to talk about today's performance. Do you have any questions for him? Now is your chance to ask.

All this, plus--on this particular day--two glorious hours of Russian repertoire, perfectly suited for the lush sounds of The Philadelphia Orchestra, are what you get if you're a member of the audience for the Orchestra's Global Concert Series, brought to a theater near you using Internet2, a much faster, better-quality Internet technology that will potentially allow performances in Verizon Hall to be seen and heard--live and in high definition--in venues all over the world.

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U.Va. Helps Search for 'God Particle'

January 9, 2008

Since the 1960s, physicists such as [Brad] Cox have sought to detect a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson -- often referred to as the "God particle" -- that is thought to be the origin of all mass.

Cox, a University of Virginia physics professor, is the principal investigator of U.Va.'s high-energy physics group, which is part of an international research project that may soon yield evidence of the God particle, dark matter, extra dimensions beyond time and space, micro black holes and other as-yet hypothetical phenomena.

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Cox's team is helping to build the massive Compact Muon Solenoid Detector, which is being installed at a mind-boggling, giant particle accelerator under construction at the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva.

The $3.2 billion Large Hadron Collider, expected to be completed in May, is buried deep underground inside a tunnel that is 16.7 miles in circumference. In the works since 1994, the Large Hadron Collider will be seven times more powerful than the world's strongest existing particle accelerator.

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When the Large Hadron Collider begins to produce results in mid-2008, researchers such as Cox and his colleagues will receive vast quantities of data for analysis. The collider will be capable of causing up to 800 million collisions per second, well beyond normal computing power.

To handle the reams of information, the researchers will transfer the data over next-generation technologies, such as the Internet2 Network, a much faster version of the Internet that is currently only available to research institutions.

Read more: inRich.com

$24.7M Grant to Expand Telemedicine [in Maine]

January 8, 2008

The New England Telehealth Consortium, based in Bangor, will receive nearly $24.7 million over three years from the Federal Communications Commission to develop telehealth capabilities in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The NETC grant is part of a total FCC award of $417 million to 69 groups in 42 states and three U.S. territories.

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In Maine, there are already about 200 sites where telehealth technology is being used in one form or another. The new funding will be used to increase the number of sites to 448 and expand the data-carrying capacity of the broadband service they use. The new program also will link all the sites to each other and to a nationwide network of more than 6,000 public and nonprofit health care providers, [Jim] Rogers said.

The network will operate on a subscription-only system similar to but separate from the publicly accessible Internet, known as Internet2, Rogers said. Internet2 membership is open to universities, corporations, nonprofit research organizations and health care groups, according to its Web site.

Read more: bangordailynews.com

MRV's DWDM Solutions Boost Research Backbone Bandwidth and Enable Internet2 High-Speed Services at the University of Maryland

January 7, 2008

MRV COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (Nasdaq:MRVC), a leading provider of products and services for WDM and optical transport, metro Ethernet, fiber optic components, 10GE, out-of-band networking and other optical networking products, today announced that the University of Maryland Academic Telecommunications System (UMATS) has chosen to build its Internet2 optical backbone network using the LambdaDriver(R: 47.25, +1.35, +2.94%) DWDM platform.

The University System of Maryland has teamed with three other state agencies to build a high-speed backbone network comprised of multiple 10-Gigabit Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, OC-48 and Fibre Channel links to dramatically increase the bandwidth and improve the redundancy of the backbone network over the previous OC-48 network. The network spans 100 miles and connects seven locations providing high-speed access to off-site storage, the Internet and the Internet2.

Read more: FOX Business

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