Fall 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting
The Internet2 community heads to Atlanta, Georgia next month for the Fall 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting. Hosted by Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Florida LambdaRail, LLC/Southern Crossroads (FLR/SoX), this meeting will focus on the significant progress the research and education community has made toward assembling the complex puzzle pieces that support and enable advanced networking across a wide range of disciplines. Each meeting track explores one of these critical puzzle pieces: cyberinfrastructure, federations, middleware, network engineering, security, teaching and learning, and the emerging technologies that continue to expand the bounds of research and education. Additionally, Dave Lambert, Internet2 president and CEO, will offer his vision for the future of Internet2 at the first General Session on Tuesday morning. The complete program is available online.
There is still time to register, and though the room block at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly is closed, rooms are still available at the hotel. If you not able to join us in Atlanta, please take advantage of the session netcasts. This year in addition to netcasting, Internet2 will be providing remote participation capabilities on a pilot basis for select sessions. Through a partnership with Vidyo, users with a webcam-equipped computer will be able to not only view sessions, but ask questions and participate in discussions in real time. Instructions on how to participate will be available on the meeting netcast page as the meeting approaches.
For your planning purposes, please note that the dates of this year's Fall Member Meeting include Election Day, November 2. Absentee voting regulations differ by state; please check with your state's elections office for application deadlines.
Come see Internet2 at SC10
If you're planning to attend SC10 in New Orleans this November, make sure to stop by the Internet2 booth, #3539. This year, Internet2 will be showcasing network services like ION and prototype services like Phoebus, while highlighting Internet2 Network upgrades and planned 100G capabilities needed to support the extreme scale future. Staff from Internet2's Network Services and R&D groups will be available on site to answer your questions and to discuss Internet2 support for research and science. To set up a meeting with a staff member, please contact Elaine Lauerman.
The Internet2 K20 Initiative held a planning workshop in Bozeman, Montana, recently to define a set of common goals and create an initial work plan for achieving them. Below are the top 5 themes that emerged.
U.S. UCAN: Work with the Internet2 leadership and partners to define how the Internet2 K20 Initiative can best engage to help shape a fiscally sustainable organization that will 1) be the national voice and conscience for (currently) under-served anchor institutions and 2) harmonize with the existing confederation of anchor institutions already part of the U.S. R&E networking community though the K20 Initiative and the Sponsored Education Group Participation (SEGP) program.
Strategic Partnerships: Help bring together Internet2 member institutions, state and regional education networks, and innovators from K-12 schools, community colleges and baccalaureate universities (particularly minority serving institutions), public libraries, and museums to explore the effective use of advanced broadband applications and services both within and across these communities.
Remote Instrumentation: Encourage the use of remotely accessible environmental sensor arrays,
telescopes, microscopes, and other networked scientific instrumentation to help bring much-needed STEM teaching capacity to anchor institutions around the country. This particular activity
presents a tremendous opportunity to form meaningful partnerships between the higher education research community and innovative broadband enabled K-12 schools.
Communications & Broadband Mapping: Leveraging Muse and other social media applications, build our capacity to connect people and share examples of applications resources that demonstrate how connections to robust, affordable, high-capacity R&E networks benefit anchor institutions. Additionally, we will work in collaboration with existing efforts to further develop a map of existing broadband capacity across K-20 institutions, including identifying key broadband statistics and benchmarks critical to tracking deployment progress.
Federated ID Management: Participate in a Joint Task Force with CoSN, StateNets, EDUCAUSE, and the Internet2 Middleware Initiative to develop use cases and best practices around federated identity and access management in K-12.
Internet2 and R&E Networking Organizations Commend FCC Decision to Expand E-rate Rules
EDUCAUSE, Internet2, National LambdaRail and The Quilt join research and education networking organizations across the U.S. in commending the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to expand broadband options for schools and libraries under E-rate rules.
Under the new rules, these institutions will now be able to use E-rate funds to acquire network dark fiber as well as lit services from nonprofit R&E networks and local governments as well as designated commercial providers.
The changes remove constraints institutions experienced under the old rules; they provide the flexibility institutions need to make forward-looking decisions and enable life-changing networking applications for their communities. The FCC order also enables institutions to take advantage of network fiber and service providers, both commercial and nonprofit. The E-rate changes complement investments from federal network infrastructure programs such as the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program at the Department of Commerce, among others. Learn more.
Winter Joint Techs Call for Participation
A Call for Proposals has been issued for the upcoming Winter 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs, hosted by Clemson University, January 30-February 3. The event will focus on Advanced Infrastructures, Emerging Technologies, and Convergence on campuses; a few talks on performance, security, and IPv6 also will be included. Proposals for WGs/SIGs/BoFs, industry updates, and other side sessions are being solicited in addition to plenary talks. Four Sunday Afternoon Tutorials are already planned: Scott Rose, NIST, presents a 90-minute tutorial on DNSSEC; David Farmer, University of Minnesota, offers a 1/2-day version of his MPLS Workshop; Hans Addleman, IU/GlobalNOC, offers a 1/2-day hands-on tutorial on Colo/Telex installations, and Michael Lambert, PSC, presents a 90-minute session on IPv6. Two of Internet2's Hands-On Workshops (IPv6 and Network Performance) are scheduled for immediately following the general sessions; these, along with the ESCC meeting, require separate registration.
Register Now for Day CAMP
There is still time to register for Day CAMP: Getting Started with InCommon, which will take place November 4–5 in Atlanta, Georgia, immediately following the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting. The program is designed for those considering joining InCommon as well as new participants that need some help getting to the next step. Attendees will discuss the value proposition, learn what it takes to begin accessing federated services, link up with consultants, services and experienced colleagues, and leave with concrete, practical information.
The Architecture and Operations Advisory Council (AOAC) met on September 8 and 22. At each meeting, they heard a BTOP U.S. UCAN project update from Internet2 staff. As the governance lead for architecture and operations issues in the Internet2 BTOP work plan, it also had an extended meeting on October 13 to discuss the AOAC role in the infrastructure project. The AOAC also completed review of the seven proposed priorities for 2011. Four of the seven are associated with the now funded BTOP project and are moving forward. The other three proposed areas (a cloud computing project, the performance service and expanded collaboration tools) were discussed in more detail. The cloud computing project has funding provided by Internet2 members participating in the project. The performance service project is in the early stages and, as there is no significant budgetary impact, the AOAC recommended that Internet2 staff continue to collaborate with the NTAC performance working group. As the collaboration tools priority includes desktop collaboration tools as well as telepresence, the AOAC decided to test the desktop collaboration tool during their October 13 meeting before resuming discussion on that priority. The work of the TR/CPS review committee continued during September, and plans to provide a final report in November. At the September 22 meeting, the AOAC chair asked for discussion item ideas for the open and closed meetings to be held during the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting. The closed meeting is typically used for planning; plans for the open meeting will be discussed during the October meetings.