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Overheard at Global Sessions at Internet2’s 2015 Technology Exchange

Oct 07, 2015, by Urszula Chomicka
Tags: 2015 Technology Exchange, International, International Community

More than 79 international technology leaders from 14 countries who envision, collaborate and innovate with the domestic Internet2 community joined us at the 2015 Technology Exchange. It was a pleasure to connect with our global community onsite in Cleveland and interesting to learn about some of the challenges they face, and solutions they employ to enable discovery and innovation. If you were unable to attend the event, here are some interesting insights from our global community members.

The R&E community’s truly global span was highlighted during the session Uncompressed Ultra-HD Video Streaming over Multiple Virtual Paths Dynamically Configured by OpenFlow/SDN, made possible by a collaboration that started during the 2012 World Cup. “This is an important collaboration that has evolved over 15 years and an excellent achievement to enable Latin American countries to participate in R&E activities with Asia, the US and Europe” said PI Julio Ibarra, one of four speakers that participated in the session. The audience were also encouraged to experience the results of the collaboration between the US, Brazil, Chile and Japan by viewing the available demo of ultra HD-video streaming.

“Innovate, or die” was the motto of our European colleagues’ session, The First GÉANT Open Call – How to Stimulate Innovation with Impact on R&E Network Users, which showed the European R&E community’s support quest for ongoing innovation. Annabel Grant, Open Call coordinator, highlighted how the process “opened GEANT Project up to a whole new set of partners, of expertise” and resulted in engaging well over 150 new participants, as raised awareness of GEANT in new forums, including commercial organizations.  

Internet2 was also pleased to host, with our partner organization Network Startup Resource Center, an Internet2-NSRC fellow Perez Matsiko from Uganda, who testified to the amazing work accomplished in just the past 5 years by RENU, the very dedicated Research and Education Network for Uganda. Led by a small core group of visionaries, RENU set up 6 PoPs, a NOC and data center, and connected 40 campuses, supporting up to 700 Mbps international traffic – and did this in only 18 months! Attendees at the International Networking Landscapes: Uganda and Cuba session also heard from Jorge Villa of the Cuban Academic Network. Unable to attend in person, Jorge nevertheless provided a fascinating peek inside the development of the Internet and the NREN in Cuba.

Look for Global Programs and our international partners next in Chicago at the 2016 Global Summit.