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Visualizing Big Data Transport in Biomedical Collaborations with the Internet2 Portal Project’s Capabilities

Apr 16, 2012, by Doug Howell
Tags: Big Data, Collaboration, imported, Internet2 Member, Network Diagnostic Tool, Network Partnerships

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This past winter, Internet2 kicked off a web portal project to help members see how they are using Internet2 services. The first version of the portal provides a visualization of Internet2 Network traffic—data rates, volumes, and performance measures. In the future, it will also display the use of services, for example, the number of certificates obtained from Internet2’s InCommon Certificates service. The intention is to create a single web portal where members can see their individual or institutional use of Internet2 services in real time.  Below, find details of where the latest information regarding the portal project will be presented at the 2012 Spring Internet2 Member Meeting.

Today, I’m happy to highlight an Internet2 community network collaboration that illustrates the portal’s initial capabilities for network traffic visualization.  The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, MD, and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Cambridge, England exchange biomedical research “big data” from experiments that sequence and compare human genomes. The case study (.pdf format) provides some interesting insight into the collaboration between these two entities as they (and many other community members) conduct important work towards improving the ability to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer.

NCBI plans to use the portal’s capabilities to examine characteristics of its inbound and outbound traffic in order to improve data exchange with researchers. The portal’s capabilities will expand to include additional properties based upon members’ requests.  In fact, Internet2 is actively seeking community member feedback for needs that require additional portal capabilities.

Catch an in-depth demonstration of the portal’s current capabilities at the 2012 Spring Internet2 Member Meeting during the Performance Working Group meeting on Monday, April 23rd, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Salon B, and at the Internet2 Advanced Network Services session on Wednesday, April 25th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Salon J at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Please communicate your ideas and priorities for new portal features to Jeff Boote at: