Middleware, or "glue", is a layer of software
between the network and the applications. This software provides
services such as identification, authentication, authorization, directories,
and security. In today's Internet, applications usually have to provide
these services themselves, which leads to competing and incompatible
standards. By promoting standardization and interoperability, middleware
will make advanced network applications much easier to use. The Internet2
Middleware Initiative (I2-MI) is working toward the deployment of
core middleware services at Internet2 universities. more...
Performance Initiative (E2Epi)
To create a predictable, and well-supported environment in which Internet2
campus network users have routinely successful experiences in their development
and use of advanced Internet applications by focusing resources and efforts
on improving performance problem detection and resolution throughout campus,
regional, and national networking infrastructures. more...
The Internet2 K20 Initiative brings together Internet2 member institutions,
primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, and museums
to get new technologies—advanced networking tools, applications, middleware,
and content—into the hands of innovators, across all educational sectors
in the United States, as quickly and as “connectedly” as possible. more...
Arts & Humanities
The Arts and Humanities Initiative assists Internet2 members in enabling and
advancing collaborations between high performance networking technologies
and applications in the arts and humanities. more...
Digital Video Initiative (DVI)
Digital Video is an distributed organization which seeks to build upon the
efforts of other digital video groups and individuals. It provides an organizational
structure for joint projects, dissemination and sharing of information, and
promotion of digital video in general. more...
(National Research and Education Fiber Company)
Internet2 has established the National Research
and Education Fiber Company (FiberCo) to support
regional fiber optical networking initiatives
dedicated to research and higher education. The
concept behind FiberCo is to help provide inter-city
dark fiber to regional optical networks with the
benefit of a national-scale contract and aggregate
price levels. more...
Health Sciences Initiative
The Internet2 Health Sciences Initiative increases awareness of, and engagement
in, the uses of high-performance networking throughout the medical research
community. Current health sciences applications include areas such as medical
education, virtual reality, telemedicine, telerobotics, and simulation, all
of which have high-performance needs requiring advanced networking services. more...
Optical and Packet Infrastructure (HOPI)
The Hybrid Optical and Packet Infrastructure (HOPI) project is
future network architectures that consist of shared IP packet switching
and dynamically provisioned optical waves. HOPI includes an effort
understand and investigate this future, as well as a testbed facility
that will be built to test various aspects of potential hybrid
A Large-Scale, Distributed Collaborative Environment
for the Research and Education Community. The Commons is a framework
for collaboration throughout the research and education community
that will encourage large scale deployment of tools for one-to-one,
one-to-group, and group-to-group collaborations. These interactive
communications include meetings, conferences, and activities
related to teaching and learning. more...