NAOPpag August Meeting Update
The Network Architecture Operations and Policy Program Advisory Group (NAOPpag) met in early August, 2016 under the leadership of new co-chairs William Deigaard, Rice University, and Wendy Huntoon, KINBER. William led this meeting. The NAOP heard updates on standing items including the 2016 network upgrade, OECST update, network-related research activities and community input to NAOPpag members.
John Moore reported that the 2016 Internet2 Network upgrade, a project to expand capacity, improve resiliency and accelerate network research options, is moving along on plan. The current stage of the project is focused on hardware upgrades and, at the time of the meeting, those that had been completed included Seattle, New York, Tulsa, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Starlight, Los Angeles with Denver in process. The upgraded configuration continues to include deep programmability, including API and OpenFlow capabilities.
In other business, John Morabito updated the PAG on Internet2 and Educause’s submission to the FCC on Business Data Services. (The NAOPpag and the External Relations Program Advisory Group [ERPAG] had held a special meeting to discuss the Internet2 comments prior to the filing.) Rob reported on the August Internet2 Board meeting where the Internet2 2017 budget was approved and the new Internet2 higher education membership model was approved. A copy of a network capacity and the security program update that was shared with the Board was shared with the PAG. The rest of the meeting was spent discussing planning for the 2018–2023 internet2 Network refresh opportunity. John Moore shared the process to gather broad perspectives regarding community needs for the next iteration of the Internet2 Network. An open call for papers will be announced at Technology Exchange and a meeting of the authors of the papers will occur in January.