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Internet2 Receives NSF Grant to Support Small Colleges and Universities for Nationwide Research & Education Platform and Cyberinfrastructure

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 by Todd Sedmak
Tags: Research & Education Networks, Federal Government, Advanced Networking, News, Tech Conferences, Campus IT, Initiative, Collaboration, IT Architects in Academia, Software Defined Networking, Internet2 Network, Trust and Identity, Frontpage News, Community Technical Workshops

Internet2 Receives NSF Grant to Support Small Colleges and Universities for Nationwide Research & Education Platform and Cyberinfrastructure

Program’s First Technical Workshop Feb. 18-19 in Kansas City, Mo

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jan. 27, 2014--Internet2 announced today that it received a grant for $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support small colleges and universities that have notable research projects and cyberinfrastructure needs even though the institutions are not primarily research focused. The grant project titled, “Broadening the Reach: Support of Campus Cyberinfrastructure at Non-Research-Intensive and EPSCoR Institutions,” will consist of three workshops and up to 30 campus consulting visits, over two years.  

“The three regional workshops funded by this grant from the National Science Foundation will enable Internet2 to help schools respond competitively to NSF infrastructure solicitations,” said Steve Wolff, Internet2’s chief technology officer and the NSF grant’s principal investigator. “The consulting visits will allow Internet2 to assist, as requested, in both the technical and organizational implementation of campus networks to support campus researchers.”

Internet2 will host three regional workshops this year, with the first workshop Feb. 18-19 in Kansas City, Mo. The remaining workshops, still to be scheduled, will include one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast. Each workshop will focus on technical, organizational, identity and access management and administrative aspects of upgrading and integrating cyberinfrastructure into the campus environment in support of campus based research and teaching activities. Also, each workshop will include topics that address infrastructure proposals to the NSF and the identification of research drivers within the campus environment. For workshop details and to register, go to http://bit.ly/1e2ffBL.

The campus visits by consultantswill be provided to up to 30 institutions with preference to sites that have received NSF infrastructure awards or attended the workshops. The consultants will advise and assist with the technical implementation, as well as with Network Administrator and CIO-level administrative issues. Areas of technical assistance may include: network security; Science DMZ; Software Defined Networking; performance monitoring infrastructure; and, tools for understanding end-to-end performance. Network Administrator and CIO-level administrative issues that may be addressed include understanding the relationship between campus IT policies and the underlying network infrastructure.

These activities build upon Internet2’s track record in campus infrastructure enhancement, campus-focused network performance workshops, and tools to foster intra- and inter-campus collaboration. The project also will increase the number of campuses capable of participating in cyberinfrastructure-based projects and will use Internet2’s website to broadly disseminate project findings. This will have a broad impact from analysis of solutions to barriers and needs in campus cyberinfrastructure, and the benefit to non-research-intensive campuses that would not participate otherwise, including remote instruction.

The NSF recently announced the availability of funding for the third round of its Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering (CC*IIE) Program. This solicitation continues NSF’s original focus on campus-level network service improvements to support data transfer and movement, as well as network integration activities to enhance high performance for science applications and distributed research projects. Additional information regarding this year’s solicitation can be found on NSF’s website and for Internet2 support, visit http://www.internet2.edu/news/detail/5578/

The goals of the CC*IIE program continue to intersect with Internet2’s national Innovation Platform, which supports deeply programmable networks through software-defined networking (SDN), deployment of Science DMZs on campus networks to facilitate data-intensive science, rapid adoption of 100G in campus network architectures to encourage applications innovation, and integrated end-to-end capabilities verified through performance diagnostic monitoring.

For additional information about the NSF grant to Internet2, visit

http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1342995&HistoricalAwards=false.

About Internet2®

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2® also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, and serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, including more than 245 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks, 60 leading corporations working with our community and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C; and West Hartford, CT. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

Media contact:

Todd Sedmak, todd@internet2.edu or 202-803-8978

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