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Proof of Concept Projects and Next Generation Infrastructure

Jan 23, 2018, by John Moore
Tags: Advanced Network Services, Frontpage News, Internet2 Network, Network Architecture, Recent Posts, Research & Education Networks

On the recommendation of the working groups formed during the Research and Education Community Investment in National-footprint Network Services (RECINNS) Workshop, the community has commenced a series of projects intended to forge a common strategy across the U.S. research & education community for future infrastructure investments over the next 2-5 years via experimentation and focused development of a common architectural framework.

These Proof of Concept (PoC) projects fit into three broad categories:

  1. Core Technology—new technologies that offer higher capacity at lower cost per bit, while also providing excellent end-to-end capabilities and integrating well with existing technologies.
  2. Flexible Edge Technology—with continued move toward combination of compute/storage/network/security, consideration is being given to a flexible edge that supports the next generation of infrastructure.
  3. Collaborative Service Delivery—consideration of workflow, services, and people to support the new technologies within the ecosystem. 

Currently, the first PoC to test core equipment is being conducted by NYSERNet in conjunction with several other regionals. We expect to provide a report to the community in February on the results of the testing.

The collaborative service delivery effort is underway, with initial planning happening in January based on community response to a call for experimentation issues in November. Those projects are slated for execution between February and August of 2018, in order to report out at key community events such as the National Research Platform meeting in August, and the Technology Exchange in October.

For the edge technology effort, a workshop is being planned to bring key players in the community together to develop a strategy for what network and compute/storage capability should be included in a common edge platform.