Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting
The Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting is fast approaching! With a theme focused on "The Internet2 Community: Building the Next Innovation Platform Together," the program will address the ways the Internet2 Community is reclaiming the leadership of ground-breaking innovations, brought about through the implementation of a 100G network, NET+ Services, revolutionary new network technologies and opportunities for services that leverage this innovation platform.
Internet2 is pleased to host a number of excellent General Session speakers from around our community at this upcoming meeting.
- On Monday evening, Michael McRobbie, President of Indiana University and incoming Internet2 Board Chair, will offer welcoming remarks to kick off the Welcome Reception.
- On Tuesday, Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan, Chair of the Association of American Universities, and Internet2 Board Chair; and Molly Corbett Broad, President of the American Council on Education and Internet2 Board Chair Emeritus, will speak about the need for transformation within higher education.
- Wednesday's session will feature John Kasich, The Honorable Governor of Ohio; Caroline Whitacre, Vice President of Research at The Ohio State University; Tony Gentile, Senior Director, Content Systems for ESPN; and Chip Elliot, Project Director for the NSF's GENI Project. Each will bring a unique perspective to the theme of innovation.
The General Sessions will also feature a number of Internet2 updates and announcements, as well as the Rose Award and President's Award presentations. If you are unable to join us in Arlington, be sure to watch the live netcast.
Internet2 Member Meetings bring the member community together for interactive discussions about new and ongoing work and provide a venue for members to make connections and form new collaborations. This year, the meeting structure has been changed to provide our member CIOs with two days of meetings, sessions and tailored content—including the CIO Forum—on April 23-24. If you would like additional information, please contact Terri Saarinen.
Registration and Accommodations
Registration rates will increase on Friday, March 30, so register now to take advantage of reduced rates. Additionally, the discounted room block at the Crystal Gateway Marriott will close on March 30. Please take a moment to make your hotel reservation when you register for the meeting.
Internet2 Welcomes New Members of Executive Leadership Team
Internet2 is pleased to welcome two new members to its executive leadership team. Shelton Waggener has joined Internet2 as Senior Vice President, effective May 19, 2012, and John S. Morabito has joined Internet2 as Vice President and General Counsel.
Waggener will provide senior executive leadership for Internet2 NET+ Services after his current role as Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at the University California, Berkeley concludes at the end of the spring 2012 semester. As Senior Vice President, Waggener will lead Internet2 NET+, a set of advanced services above the network. Internet2 NET+ includes compute, storage, platform and software services, the integration of identity management and federation with key applications for the research and education community, deployment of collaboration infrastructure among members, including video, coordination and sharing tools, content management, and domain applications. He will also provide leadership for Internet2’s InCommon and middleware programs.
Morabito, former Deputy Associate Administrator in the Office of Policy Analysis and Development for the U.S Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will provide senior executive leadership for external relations and legal matters. In his new role, Morabito will be responsible for developing and implementing external relations, in coordination with other higher education associations and interests, with the goal of maintaining Internet2 as a leader, trusted authority, and resource in the area of advanced Internet development. This responsibility will include cultivating support and providing high-speed Internet connectivity to community anchor institutions. As General Counsel, Morabito will lead Internet2 on a wide range of legal matters and provide counsel to the senior executive leadership team.
InCommon Launches Assurance Program
The InCommon Assurance Program has opened for business. More than 15 campuses already plan to apply for Silver certification in 2012, anticipating the use of applications from the National Institutes of Health, the National Student Clearinghouse, and other service providers that require greater confidence in an identity. A group of campuses has also completed a cookbook for using Microsoft’s Active Directory to comply with the Silver Profile.
The assurance program certifies campuses, research organizations and not-for-profit sponsored partners that meet the identity and credential management requirements for specific profiles or practices. InCommon has two published sets of practices, Bronze and Silver, which align with the US government’s NIST levels 1 and 2, respectively. Bronze has a security level that slightly exceeds the confidence associated with a common Internet identity. Silver has a security level appropriate for financial transactions. Central to the certification process is the Assurance Advisory Council, composed of community members that will make certification recommendations to the InCommon Steering Committee. An archived webinar (originally conducted on February 29), includes details on the program, the certification process, and the Assurance Advisory Council. Details are also available at assurance.incommon.org.
Summer 2012 Joint Techs
The Call for Participation for the Summer 2012 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs is now open! Hosted by Stanford University on July 15-19, 2012, the program for this summer’s edition will feature an entire day (Tuesday, July 17) focusing on Software Defined Networking (SDN), while the remainder of the meeting brings together presentations on Integration of Services Across Multiple Networks and Convergence; as usual, we will accept a few talks in such areas of continuing interest to the community as performance/measurement, security, and IPv6. In all submissions, focus on campus networking is considered a plus. As always, several in-depth tutorials, working group and BoF sessions, side meetings, and co-located hands-on workshops (including at least one on OpenFlow) will be offered to attendees.
The submission deadline is May 3; the final agenda will be posted by May 18. Significantly more submissions for the Winter 2012 Joint Techs agenda were received than we had space to allow. As a result, we were not able to consider any submissions after the cut-off date, so please get your submissions in early.
Information on registration, housing and sponsorship opportunities is coming soon. Keep checking the ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs website for updates and we hope to see you in Stanford this summer for what promises to be a very engaging discussion on emerging technologies!
Internet2 is offering assistance to our members with their participation in SC12's technical program and exhibit floor. For those planning to participate in the technical program, several deadlines are approaching:
If you are planning to have an exhibit booth, we can work with you to ensure you have the connectivity needed to facilitate demonstrations both in your booth, and as part of a constantly changing "Internet2 Community in Action" display in the Internet2 booth. Additionally, please let us know if we may install a continuously-running videocam in your booth to enable that community display. If you do not have a booth, but are interested in space to display or run demonstrations, contact us to discuss a presence in the Internet2 booth. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is anything Internet2 can do to assist with your participation in this year's SC12 in Salt Lake City.
InCommon Confab: Scaling Community Trust
The InCommon Confab is an action-packed day-and-a-half workshop for those new to federated identity management, experts on federated IdM, and people everywhere else on the adoption curve. It will take place April 26-27, 2012 (immediately following the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting), in Arlington, Virginia.
The Confab will include two tracks: "Reaching Orbit" and "After You've Achieved Orbit." Topics will range from best practices and an introduction to assurance, to multi-factor authentication and attribute release to categories of service providers.
Registration is separate from the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting, though accomplished from the same web page.
The Applications, Middleware, and Services Advisory Council (AMSAC) congratulates AMSAC member Shelton Waggener on his assuming the position of Senior Vice President for Internet2 NET+ Services. AMSAC looks forward to working with him in his new role.
The Architecture and Operations Advisory Council (AOAC) met on March 14. Dave Gift provided an update on the work of the AOAC fee subcommittee. The subcommittee focused first on the goals and principles for setting Internet2 network fees and began to review the current fee model as well as some alternate models. The subcommittee has requested additional information from Internet2 staff and will meet in April to continue their work. Charlie McMahon provided an update on the progress of the SIP RFP being reviewed by a committee of community members. Rob Vietzke provided an update on the Internet2 Network build from Seattle to Chicago. Discussions continue and solutions continue to be sought to provide that critical piece of the Internet2 infrastructure. The Council discussed the upcoming changes to the governance structure. The current Councils will be replaced by Policy Advisory Groups (PAGs) in conjunction with seating of the new Board this spring. More information will be forthcoming on these changes at the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting. Finally, the Council continued their ongoing discussion of the Innovation Platform. The community review of the Innovation Platform equipment RFI was discussed as well as other progress on and plans for the Innovation Platform.
The External Relations Advisory Council (ERAC) met Monday, March 5. Upcoming changes to Internet2 governance, including changes from the current advisory council structure to a new Program Advisory Groups (PAGs) for Internet2 management, were discussed. Diversity of opinions and member composition in these PAGs was noted as important, and additional ideas ensued regarding Exchange Points overseas and in the U.S. Also, as the Standing Committee on International Strategy (SCIS) is reconvened, this group will discuss next steps. The next ERAC call will be held Monday, April 2, and ERAC participants will also meet on Wednesday, April 25 in Arlington at the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting.
The Research Advisory Council (RAC) met in March and continued its discussions on Internet2 support for Virtual Communities, particularly as this relates to researchers. Collaboration with other NRENs in support of international collaboration was also a focus, as was looking at how the big data problem could be addressed through higher ed/industry collaboration.