Dec 16, 2013, by Linda Roos
The Network Architecture, Operations and Policy Program Advisory Group (NAOPpag) met in November and December. The NAOP had previously provided input on possible topics for the Internet2 Board Strategic Retreat for 2015 priorities. Following the Board's discussion, Rob Vietzke provided an update of their discussion. The Board discussed the following key areas: educational transformation; network and the value that it brings to services above the network; globalization of network; trust, identity and security; big data and Internet2; mobility of services. The Board also reiterated the importance of reflecting on the value of programs to the research and higher education members of Internet2.
The NAOPpag provided input to Internet2 Network Services on plans to participate in an RFI for network connectivity released by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Input was also provided as how Internet2 might support the Internet2 community members submitting proposals to an NSF solicitation for the "NSF Cloud" solicitation which seeks novel ways to bring cloud computing to research enterprise. The NAOPpag heard on-going reports of progress on action items created after the September 2-3 Network Impairment Issue with the action items largely being completed by the December meeting. An expanded performance assurance monitoring system has been implemented and plans continue to develop around new communication channels with the community.
Two NAOP subcommittees, the Future Peering Service Framework Committee and the Performance Targets Committee, are currently active and each reported on their progress. The Future Peering Service Framework Committee has met nearly every week since mid-September leading to a face-to-face meeting scheduled for December 11-12. They reported that they have conducted an environmental scan and have learned about the peering services operating in the community in addition to reviewing TR-CPS architecture, operations and financials. The Future Peering Service Framework Committee expects to deliver their final report to the NAOPpag during the February 12, 2014 meeting. The Performance Targets Committee reported that they had made progress in reviewing proposed availability SLA language for the Advanced Layer 2 and Advanced Layer 3 Services and will deliver their final report during the January 8, 2014 NAOPpag meeting.