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Recap: CANS2016 at Rice University

Nov 29, 2016, by Urszula Chomicka
Tags: International Community

Over 100 scientists, researchers, and technologists from the US and China gathered last month at Rice University for the 17th edition of the Chinese-American Networking Symposium (CANS). Since 1999, this innovative event has been held annually, alternating locations between China and US, and this year’s 2.5-day symposium, generously hosted by Rice University, was held on October 17–19 on the beautiful grounds of Rice’s campus in Houston, Texas.

CANS has as its goal to bring together top leaders in networking and applications research and development to exchange information and experiences, discuss new ideas and advancements in networking technologies and research applications, and to promote partnerships between American and Chinese educational and research institutions.

CANS 2016 attendees

(Above) CANS2016 attendees at Rice University

This year was no exception to the mission, as the program featured keynotes from distinguished speakers from such institutions as the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Meteorological Administration, Tsinghua University, and participation from Internet2 members, including Rice University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, UCSD, National Institutes of Health, and many others. The audience, over 100 networking and applications experts, as well as top domain scientists from the two countries, learned fascinating facts about advancements in supercomputing, identity provider systems, high-throughput computing and collaborative networking, to name just a few topics. From the science side, we heard about how networks can be used for remote diagnosis of malaria, how meteorological data is collected and stored, what impact innovation and technology have on modern Chinese culture, and about the network requirements for large science instruments used in very-long-baseline interferometry—again just a sample of some of the topics that were covered on Day 1. The full program is also available.

The next 1.5 days were spent tackling some of science requirements for networking in smaller, collaborative working groups, in a continuation of the tradition of past symposia. Working groups were formed around such topics as network characterization and performance, IPv6, Identity Management, data transfer and high-throughput computing, and transnational education. The groups held lively discussions and mapped out a collaboration plan to work together over the next year before we all meet again in China for CANS2017.

If you’d like to join our collaborative programs with China and participate in the working groups, please send me an email at

More photos from the event, as well as presentations have been posted on Rice's CANS 2016 site.