April NAOPpag Update
The Network Architecture, Operations and Policy Program Advisory Group (NAOPpag) met twice in April, once during the regular meeting time and again during the Internet2 Global Summit. At the first meeting, the NAOP heard a summary of the Internet2 GlobalNOC operations agreement from Rob Vietzke and Dave Jent. They explained that the agreement was created by first determining a set of overarching principles derived from the Operations Excellence Community Steering Team (OECST) report. Then, a team from Internet2 and GlobalNOC developed what they believe is a fully modernized agreement that includes better definition of services, measurable outcomes and appropriate success metrics. This agreement will guide the collaboration of Internet2 and the GlobalNOC for the next three years with two 1-year options for renewal. During the Internet2 Global Summit, the NAOPpag held their annual open session with the community. During this session, the PAG reviewed projects and activities pursued by the PAG during the past year and opened discussion regarding the DDoS Mitigation Service to be rolled out this spring, the work of the research-focused External Working Group activities and the community efforts related to creating a set of requirements for the future Internet2 infrastructure. Then, a lively discussion continued around topics requested by the session attendees including integrating perfSONAR with XDMOD, dynamic optical networking and the presentation made by Facebook on core disaggregation, hiring and developing staff in an environment moving to a software focus and managing costs as network traffic grows. During a closed, PAG-only session at the Global Summit, the NAOP continued their discussion on the integration of infrastructure, trust and identity, and cloud business models. The group will continue to contribute to this community discussion around the requirements for the future Internet2 infrastructure through the coming months.