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Suppliers and consumers of identity services are gathering at Advance CAMP: The Second Identity Services Summit, June 23-25 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Building on last year's Identity Services Summit, participants will discuss specific steps in moving towards de facto identity standardization, particularly with open source software, services and frameworks. Advance CAMP is sponsored by InCommon, in partnership with Internet2, Jasig, Kuali, and the Internet Society.
InCommon and Internet2 are going CAMPing the week of June 21. CAMP (Campus Architecture and Middleware Planning) focuses this year on Exploring and Supporting Federated Identity Management. More than 150 CAMPers will meet in Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn more about InCommon and to share the latest developments in federated IdM. CAMP is sponsored by InCommon in partnership with Internet2 and EDUCAUSE.
The Shibboleth Workshop Series will kick off at Northwestern University July 28 and 29. Attendees will leave with the installation and configuration experience to deploy the Shibboleth web single sign-on system and leverage it to access resources and contracted services through the InCommon Federation. These are two separate workshops, with the identity provider session on July 28, and the service provider session on July 29.
The Call for Proposals for the Fall 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting is now open! The Internet2 community will be treated to a dose of southern hospitality when the annual fall meeting heads down to Atlanta from November 1-4, 2010. This meeting is hosted by Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and FLR/SoX. Submissions are due by July 30, and full details—including the submission form—are available online.
InCommon has announced the launch of a new trust service that will offer unlimited server and personal certificates to U.S. colleges and universities. The project is in beta testing right now, with the plan to roll out unlimited server certs by the end of the summer, then roll out personal certs. To stay apprised of the progress, subscribe to the announce-only email list email@example.com. Go to www.incommon.org/cert for more information.
As teams from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) respond to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) is providing NOAA teams with access to high-speed networking connections. Without LONI's connection to the national Internet2 Network, NOAA would have had to rely on the low-bandwidth connections available in public places to send large data files and coastal aerial imagery to coordinate response efforts between federal and on-site teams.
There is still time to register for the Summer 2010 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs! Hosted by OARnet on July 11–15, focus areas for this summer’s edition will feature talks on Campus Networking, Performance Measurement and Monitoring, and Emerging Technologies (Cloud Computing, Network Testbeds, and more!), in-depth tutorials, side meetings, and co-located hands-on workshops. The full meeting agenda is now available online.
Chris Hancok, CEO at AARNet, Australia's Research and Education Network, recently provided a briefing [video | pdf] on Australia’s National Broadband Initiative. The initiative seeks to upgrade Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure in order to deliver high speed broadband fiber to 90% of Australian household, and AARNet is playing a key role, both in leading the development and serving as a test bed for this network. Hancock shared AARNet's experiences– a valuable perspective for our community as we look to undertake similar initiatives in the U.S.
Internet2's Spring Member Meeting transported attendees 4,850 feet underground to explore America's newest networking frontier. The live HD videoconference showcased how the former Homestake gold mine in South Dakota is being transformed into a high-tech national Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds also joined via videoconference from his office in Pierre, SD. Watch the webcast archive of the event
Congratulations to the four winners of the 2010 Internet2 IDEA Awards: EchoDamp, a multi-channel audio mixer and echo controller for videoconference-based musical and other collaboration; the Research and Education Data Depot network (REDDnet) Data Logistics Toolkit and model for storage facilities supporting data-intensive collaboration; Worldview, a real-time 3-D network monitoring and visualization system; and Shibboleth, a federated Web-based single sign-on software that manages authorized access to protected online resources.
The perfSONAR-PS development team has released an enhanced version of the pS-Performance Toolkit. The pS-Performance Toolkit is available as a live CD download, which can be burned to disc and used to turn any Intel-based computer into an active network performance node. The pS-Performance Toolkit is available as a live CD download, which can be burned to disc and used to turn any Intel-based computer into an active network performance node. The latest release bundles the suite of recommended network performance tools in an easier-to-use package with new functionality. .
The Intermedia Festival, April 23-25, is a unique and futuristic series of concerts and events highlighting telematic and media arts performed by artists throughout North America and Europe. More than 100 performers will travel to Indianapolis; others will participate through interactively with collaborators at the festival over advanced networks. Performances over high-bandwidth networks will occur between Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and University of Calgary, University of Cincinnati, and Florida State University. Featured guest artists will include Pamela Z, Luke Dubois, Bora Yoon, Dance Kaleidoscope, Big Robot and Matthew Burtner.
Attendees of the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting heard details of the Obama Administration's innovation agenda firsthand from the nation's first ever CTO Aneesh Chopra who provided the keynote for the meeting's first general session. The talk focused on the Administration’s technology strategies, Government 2.0, and plans to deploy high-speed broadband to all Americans. Watch the archived webcast here.
Members of the Internet2 community gather in Arlington during the Spring Member Meeting where they will hold face-to-face meetings of numerous R&D Working Groups: Transport, Performance, Information Services, ION, and High Energy/Nuclear Physics. Each group will report out on progress, identify upcoming tasks, and seek interested volunteers for pilots. Details and links to these sessions, are available online.
Spring Member Meeting is a great time to catch up with InCommon, hear about the latest in federated identity management, and meet up with colleagues. InCommon's leadership will provide informational and operational updates for participants at the InCommon Forum, Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Additionally, the chair and vice-chair of the steering committee, Kevin Morooney and Jack Suess, will provide a wide-ranging discussion about the current and future state of the federation in InCommon Grows Up Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Both the Forum (via Adobe Connect) and InCommon Grows Up (via Netcast) will be available to remote participants. All of the InCommon and middleware sessions are available online.
The Internet2 Security area will be holding several sessions at the upcoming Internet2 Spring Member Meeting, including a Disaster Recovery and Planning BoF. Also featured will be a DNSSEC panel discussion featuring panelists with significant experience in overcoming deployment hurdles, along with a representative from EDUCAUSE who will be discussing ramifications of the upcoming signing of the .edu TLD. Details on this, and other security-related sessions, can be found online.
Get ready for some exciting middleware sessions at Spring Member Meeting, on topics ranging from identity management for a virtual international science organization to federated collaboration approaches. In addition to the track sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Middleware working group sessions on Monday will feature several intriguing presentations. For example, the MACE-Directories Working Group will host a presentation on enabling participants in R&E Federations to exchange SAML messages for purposes beyond Web Single Sign On.
At 1:06 p.m. (CEST) on March 30, a new era was launched for particle physics as the first particles collided inside the 16-mile-long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Internet2 and other advanced networks provide transatlantic connectivity from the facility to the U.S., and have deployed networks that can reliably transport the massive amounts of LHC data to the more than 1700 U.S. scientists who will analyze it, hoping to solve some of the most profound mysteries of the universe.
Join us Thursday, April 8 at 1pm EDT as IAM Online presents "Federated Identity Essentials: Making Federation Happen." This session will demonstrate how you can get started with InCommon and federated identity management and feature speakers John O’Keefe (Lafayette College), and Joel Cooper (Carleton College). IAM Online is sponsored by InCommon in cooperation with Internet2 and the EDUCAUSE Identity and Access Management Working Group. For more information, see www.incommon.org/iamonline.
A Call for Participation has been issued for a 1.5-day NSF-sponsored workshop on the perfSONAR Network Measurement Infrastructure, July 8–9. The workshop goal is to bring together researchers, applications developers, network developers, network operators and others with an interest in network performance measurement. Because perfSONAR is relatively easy to extend and deploy, discussions are expected to have an impact on the future development of perfSONAR protocols as well as deployments.