Internet2 Showcases Big Bandwidth Video Communications
Last week, I was pleased to have to opportunity to participate in the annual Wainhouse Research Collaboration Summit in Philadelphia. I've not attended this particular conference before, but I have read and respected Wainhouse's opinions and studies on collaboration technologies for a number of years. Spending time with the individual Wainhouse analysts and hearing the interesting presenters talk about a variety of current collaboration topics was very enlightening. While I have frequent contact with higher education users and collaboration industry members, hearing from collaboration users and service providers from the commodity world provided a valuable perspective.
I appreciated the opportunity to give a talk at this conference on real-time collaboration in the Internet2 community, or specifically, "Opening the Floodgates: Visual Communications with Unlimited Bandwidth". As part of our core mission, Internet2 is a bit further along the bandwidth curve than commodity Internet users, and as such we can serve as a bellwether for various bandwidth-dependent technologies like real-time visual communications. I talked about four main issues that members of our community have worked to address using the extra bandwidth and technologies available to us: quality (of the video and audio), speed (in terms of latency), flexibility (of how this technology is used), and scalability. The research and education community doesn't have all the answers, and we certainly need help from the commercial world to bring these ideas to commodity deployment, but I hope that sharing these initiatives with a broader audience can help to improve the field of visual communications as a whole. If you're interested in viewing it, a recording of the presentation is available.