NAOP Update Jan-March 2016
The Network Architecture, Operations and Policy Program Advisory Group (NAOPpag) recently held a combined February-March meeting. The PAG continued the series of discussions begun during the fall of 2015 around the theme of “How to launch the next 20 years of the Internet2 network” with discussion regarding future requirements of the Internet2 Network as we consider the network refresh opportunity for 2018-2023. The group will continue to consider a number of questions around how to support innovation, how compute and storage interact with the network and what that means in the future, how to best support the communities needing to use the network and many other questions for the future. A subcommittee of the NAOPpag will be formed to further articulate a set of requirements to ensure that the future network continues to meet the needs of the community. Dave Lois, Tempe Future Strategies meeting co-chair, provided a report from the Tempe Future Strategies meeting where the connector/network member principals created a set of guiding principles that the community agrees are essential to ensuring we move forward together in a manner fitting for the community and our shared goals. Other items discussed include the 2017 Internet2 initiatives to be proposed by the Program and Priorities Committee at the upcoming Internet2 Board meeting, formation of a community team to assist with market review of operational contracts with renewal dates in 2016/17, details regarding 2016 Internet2 network upgrades and a process for NAOPpag member rotation that ensures that the PAG will balance both continuity of PAG experience with also having expertise to keep pace with evolving technology.
The Network Architecture, Operations and Policy Program Advisory Group (NAOPpag) met on January 13, 2016. As is their custom during the first meeting of each new year, the NAOPpag reviewed the 2015 projects and accomplishments of the PAG. Then, they continued their series of discussions around the theme of “How to launch the next 20 years of the Internet2 network” with a review of the discussions that occurred during the fall of 2015 and additional conversation on the Network Services necessary to meet the needs of the community for the future. In other business, the PAG discussed how to ensure that membership of the group has the broad expertise to address the future needs of the community. The NAOP also began discussions about creating a subcommittee to advise on new operational requirements that should be included in key operations contracts.