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Internet2 China Program

Internet2 Liaison(s):
Ana Hunsinger
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International Community
The Internet2 China program is a multi-path collaboration program between U.S. and Chinese researchers, scientists, educators, and leaders in Research and Education community. It discusses key issues regarding network deployment, global cyberinfrastructure, and interoperability in support of Research and Education in the two countries.

For more information about the Internet2 China Program, please visit the program website


Funded by the National Science Foundation, this program aims at jointly promoting interoperability, seamless networking and collaboration, and enhanced interaction between U.S. and Chinese CIOs and researchers regarding critical and timely network research and “clean slate” efforts. Through multi-year collaboration and annual meeting used as planning tools, build upon successful CANS (Chinese-American Network Symposium) momentum and enhance NSF’s larger efforts promoting global networking and ensure that these developments are available and robust enough to enhance and ensure increased scientific collaboration, continued deployment of the US satellite campuses in China, and international exchange of ideas across many disciplines.


The Chinese-American Networking Symposium (CANS), an essential component of Internet2 China program, focuses on ways to enhance and increase collaborative opportunities for Internet2 and its members working with Chinese universities and researchers, building upon the recent and long-term interaction and engagement between Internet2, CERNET, CSTNET, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences that has led to enhanced relationships, coordination, information-sharing, and improved services.

CANS2016: “One Network – One World”

Rice University is proud to host the seventeenth annual Chinese American Networking Symposium (CANS) from October 17-19, 2016, at their campus in Houston, Texas. CANS has been in existence for more than 15 years. Once-per year, interested parties meet to discuss areas of mutual interest that revolve around research and education networks, their engineering, and novel ways in which the network can be utilized for science and education. In 2016, CANS will continue its focus on working together to promote interoperability and seamless networking – and seamless collaboration in research and education. Additionally, CANS2016 will focus on domain scientists’ needs and on how CANS can be a platform to both address end-to-end connectivity issues and as a people network to improve existing and enable new US-China science collaborations. 

CANS 2016 will include topics such as:

Scientific Research Collaboration; IPv6; End 2 End Support; Identity and Authenticated Access; Global Education; University Technology Management

To register and get the early-bird discount before September 15th, click here



New York University (NYU)  hosted the 2014 Chinese American Network Symposium (CANS), the fifteenth anniversary of this multi-year, multi-path Internet2 US-China Collaboration Initiative between U.S. and Chinese researchers, scientists, educators, and leaders in higher education. The event was successfully held in New York City on September 15-17, 2014. 

The program brought over 100 attendees from US and China together to discuss key issues regarding network deployment, global cyberinfrastructure, and interoperability in support of research and education in the US and China, with the likelihood of enhancing international collaborations in a broad range of disciplines. CANS2014 featured keynotes from John Sexton, the fifteenth president of NYU, and other high-level speakers from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in China, National Science Foundation (NSF), Chinese Consulate General in New York, and Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) at Chinese Academy of Sciences. The symposium showcased the most recent CANS working group collaborative achievements, including the groundbreaking inter-domain SDN demonstration and progress on US-China federated Identity management and IPv6 measurement collaborations. Another highlight of the event was the discussions on support to educational collaborations between the two countries, including the US-China university CIO panel and roundtable meeting.

For more info on CANS2014 Program and Presentations, please click here


CANS2013, the 14th meeting of the China America Networking Symposium since 1999, was held September 9-11, 2013 in Hangzhou, China. The U.S delegation of over 30 university CIOs, network leaders, researchers and scientists attended the meeting exchanging insights and experience with colleagues from Chinese partner organizations. For nearly 15 years, the symposium has been dedicated to bringing together leaders and professionals involved in the design and use of high- performance research networks from both the United States and China. 

In continuation of discussions at CANS2012, this year's symposium covered topics in: Scientific Research Collaboration Support, Software-defined Networking/Future Internet, Federated Identity, End-to-End Measurement, IPv6, University Technology Organization and Management. In addition to presentations and working group discussions, CANS2013 also featured an inter-domain, software-defined networking testbed and application demonstration led by the CANS SDN/Future Internet working group through a year-long collaboration.The working group plans to demonstrate the technique again in November at SC13, the premier international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. The meeting was coordinated jointly by Internet2, CSTNET (China Science and Technology Network), and CERNET (China Education and Research Network).

For more info on CANS2013 Program and Presentations, please click here

upcoming events

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