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Internet2, GW and CAAREN: 2015 Collaborations Abound Ahead of Global Summit

Apr 20, 2015, by Michael LaHaye
Tags: 2015 Global Summit, Internet2 Member, NREN

With more than 1,000 attendees expected to descend upon Washington, D.C. next week for the Internet2 Global Summit, Internet2 has been working behind the scenes with its local partners at the George Washington University (GW) and the Capital Area Advanced Education and Research Network (CAAREN) to ensure that the meeting hosted by the operator of the fastest research and education (R&E) network in the U.S. has proper Internet connectivity for its event attendees.

Engineers at GW and CAAREN have partnered with Internet2 in the planning and provisioning of networking in support the Global Summit. GW brought in their partner, DC-Net, D.C.'s citywide communications provider to assist in bringing 10GE networking from the event location at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel to CAAREN. CAAREN will provide routing, commodity services and access to the Internet2 Network in support of this important meeting.

This type of cooperation is common amongst Internet2 and our partners, and with GW and CAAREN in particular. This is just one example of several recent collaborations between GW, CAAREN and Internet2 in support of community events. This March, GW hosted the very successful "Beyond Today's Internet" event, which combined the 22nd GENI Engineering Conference (GEC22) with the 2015 US Ignite Application Summit, Open Grid Forum (OGF44), and GLIF Techs meetings. In addition to meeting logistics, GW and CAAREN arranged network connectivity, which included high-speed Internet as well as Layer 2 access to GENI-enabled network assets in campuses, regional networks and Internet2. These capabilities were highlighted through a series of plenary demonstrations and an evening session with 60+ different demonstrations.

GW and CAAREN provided multiple levels of support in the delivery of a recent Internet2-produced 4K uncompressed video demonstration during PBS’s TechCon15 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The video originated at GW and was presented in front of a live audience of 500 people. GW assisted in the provisioning of an end-to-end 10GE Advanced Layer 2 Service circuit between GW in Washington, D.C. and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in support of this demo. Additionally, GW provided local hands and eyes support during the testing and playing of the demo video. The video will also be shown next week at the Global Summit.

Partnerships like these truly showcase the collaborative nature behind everything Internet2 does in the R&E community. See you next week at the Summit!