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Global Community to Gather at 2017 Global Summit in Washington, DC

Apr 13, 2017, by Urszula Chomicka
Tags: 2017 Internet2 Global Summit, Frontpage News, International Community, International Partners

Every spring, Internet2 gathers an exceptional group of passionate technologists, national research and education network leaders, trust and identity federation leaders, and higher education experts at the annual Global Summit. This year is no exception, with the international Research and Education community convening in Washington, D.C., from April 23-26, 2017, for an exciting, information-packed, and inspiring week.

Some highlights of our global event for and by our international community will include:

The Global Network: Evolving from an Architecture to an Infrastructure

This update on the evolution of the Global Network will cover: the GNA (Global Network Architecture) in general theoretical terms, the evolution and concrete accomplishments of the GNA-Tech Working Group, and finally the implementation of the GNA architecture and how that will benefit the community.

Distributed Big Data Assets Sharing & Processing

A fascinating panel featuring speakers from international industry (KLM Air France, CIENA) and universities (University of Amsterdam), this session will “feature speakers from use cases from science and industry and seek keynotes from HPC centers on how they envisage their ability to support the notion of a trusted, well connected third party compute center.”

Defining the Challenges of International Education (Transnational Education) 

“Transnational Education (TNE) is an area of significant growth across the globe, providing education developed in one country and delivered in another. Many NRENs have been addressing the technological challenges in the delivery of international education and have identified this as an area of best practice and information sharing.” Join us for an inspiring collaborative workshop focused on identifying challenges and agreeing on a workplan to move forward in addressing them, led by Internet2 partners GEANT and CERNET. 

Enabling Federated Access in International Research Collaborations

In this session, international panelists from GEANT, REUNA, Surfnet and Internet2 members Carnegie Mellon University and University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign will present the latest developments and the achievements in AAI in the Trust and Identity space, focusing on the aspects of international research collaboration. Leaders representing AARC, eduGAIN, IGTF, InCommon/CILogon and International R&E efforts will give brief presentations summarizing current efforts, lessons learned, and future directions for their projects, followed by an open panel discussion.

Networks in Thailand and Uganda: Perspectives from Internet2-NSRC Fellows

This exciting session will feature presentations from guests and NSRC-Internet2 fellows Dr. Kanchana Kanchanusat (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand) and Ms. Sarah Kiden (Research and Education Network for Uganda) focusing on the current state of R&E networks in Thailand and Uganda and the Research and Education collaborations existing between Internet2 members and partner institutions in Thailand and Uganda. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and open discussion on the challenges that NRENs all around the world face and overcome.

We also invite you to join our special interest group meetings, this year focused on Africa and Latin America. We look forward to seeing you soon at the 2017 Global Summit in Washington, D.C.!