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Internet2 Community to Gather in Miami for the 2016 Technology Exchange

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 by Glenn Lipscomb
Tags: 2016 Technology Exchange, Advanced Networking, Community, Frontpage News, National Science Foundation, Research, Security, Trust & Identity

Technical event will host U.S. and global leaders, visionaries and innovators to address expanding digital identity frameworks, advanced networking capabilities, and information security developments fueled by research and education

WASHINGTON, DC, September 20, 2016 -- Internet2, operator of the fastest, most advanced network for research and higher education, will host its annual Technology Exchange in Miami, Florida, September 25–28. The event is structured for technical architects, developers, and implementers and will focus on current and future technological advancements, innovations, and collaborations that are putting research and education (R&E) at the forefront of the technology world. 

This year’s theme is "Shaping the Future, One Discussion at a Time." The event is being co-hosted and supported by Florida International University, the University of Florida, and Florida LambdaRail. The event convenes U.S. and global technology leaders and visionaries including pioneers, technologists, architects, scientists, operators, and students in the fields of networking, security, trust and identity, virtualization, high-performance computing, cloud services, and data storage to share expertise in a forum designed to facilitate the cross-pollination of technical ideas and information.

This year’s program features talks and sessions from the community that address:

  • the growing R&E trust and identity framework, including TIER Program developments and its future roadmap;
  • advanced networking operations, visualization, and security—along with key collaboration in the active development of new core architecture for the Internet2 Network; and
  • a focus on information security, threats and responses, new CISO research, and discussions on gender and diversity in information security and IT in higher ed.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in deep technical discussions, hear from community experts, and exchange ideas through presentations, demonstrations, open networking, and face-to-face collaboration.

Attendees will also experience the full scope and performance of the Internet2 Network through redundant 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) connectivity to regional, national and global infrastructure. Internet2, together with long-time partner Florida LambdaRail (FLR), Florida International University and industry partner, Cisco have worked to extend the network to the conference venue. Cisco is also contributing substantial hardware to support the connectivity and enable live demonstrations.

Featured Presentations

See the full program of sessions, working meetings, and tutorials

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Darleen Fisher, Program Director in the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Network Systems Cluster, will deliver a cross-discipline talk on named data networking/information centric networking (NDN/ICN). These data network architectures represent an important set of innovations that professionals in networking, information security, trust and identity, cloud, and other disciplines should be following.

Advanced Networking
Community presentations and speakers focus on a wide range of implementations for both ScienceDMZs and software-defined networks/exchanges (SDN/SDX), improving performance of 40G/100G data transfers, and the perfSONAR 4.0 release.  Attendees will engage in thoughtful discussions geared toward providing input and shaping requirements for the future Internet2 Network.

Trust and Identity
Enabling higher-level digital trust and identity services is a critical component of R&E networks. Attendees will learn about the latest developments with Internet2’s TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research) program, hear about the continued development of federated identity management, and participate in community working groups that are exploring new and enhanced services.

Information Security
Presentations of note in this area include using network data collection tools to dynamically visualize and secure campus networks, creating a shared intelligence platform to protect national cyber infrastructure, and cloud tools to create a disaster-ready command and control center, among many others.

Presentations aim to highlight advances in network research, discuss applications of advanced network technologies in basic science research, inform HPC and networking attendees about the challenges faced in particular areas of research, and explore possible collaborations.

Advanced Technology Demonstrations

Community-led demonstrations will include the following:

High-Performance Software Switch "Lagopus" and Its Applications
NTT, FIU/AMPATH, and Internet2 will demonstrate an IP copy-cast function by using OpenFlow switches on which the Lagopus software is installed. Lagopus is designed to achieve a high-throughput performance for 10/40/100 gigabit networks. The demonstration will show the function that enables flexible control of the destination and the duplication of 1.5 Gbps uncompressed HD/Ultra HD video streams by using Lagopus switches installed in the Internet2 point-of-presence (POP) in McLean, Virginia and the AMAPTH POP in Miami, Florida.

TIER DevOps Environment – View the New TIER Community Testing and Usability Platform
Community members will get a first view into the TIER testing and usability platform, also known as the Demo Workbench. Attendees will have the chance to see first-hand demonstrations, examples, and “showcase explanations” of work products being generated through the efforts of the TIER working group teams.

Media members who would like to receive complimentary registration to attend and cover this event, please contact Glenn Lipscomb at

About Internet2
Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve shared technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest coast-to-coast research and education network, with Internet2 Network Operations Center powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 317 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 42 regional and state education networks, 80 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.

Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, MI; Denver, CO; Emeryville, CA; Washington, DC; and West Hartford, CT. For more information, visit or follow@Internet2 on Twitter.