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Internet2 Seeks Community Input on Next Generation R&E Network

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 by Glenn Lipscomb
Tags: Advanced Networking, Community, Frontpage News, Internet2 Network

Call for Papers announced to ensure next set of network investments aligns with community needs

Miami, FL, September 27, 2016 – Today, at the 2016 Technology Exchange event, Internet2 announced an official call for papers (CFP) from its members and partners to help envision the next Internet2 network. Internet2 is planning a potential major reinvestment in its infrastructure in 2018 and beyond which this planning process will support.

John Moore, associate vice president of network architecture and planning for Internet2, will introduce the call and concept at a 2:20 pm EST session titled "Internet2 Future Network Requirements". At this session, research and education (R&E) technical leaders and community members will be asked to submit formal papers and participate in extensive conversations to identify and understand community needs, expectations and network requirements for the next Internet2 infrastructure program as Internet2 contemplates a major refresh in 2018 and beyond.  Moore plans to relay insight and information to the community on the types of input already received and issue a call to action through the call for papers that will solicit new ideas directly from a broad cross-section of R&E community members including university members, researchers, regional networks, global collaborators and industry partners. 

Selected CFP respondents will be invited to an in-person workshop in January, 2017 to discuss their ideas in detail and help lay the groundwork that will form the basis of future design, engineering and procurement efforts.  From that workshop, a first draft of the new design will be available for discussion at Internet2's Global Summit in April 2017.   

"This CFP offers a unique opportunity at a unique time for our members. With the Internet2 network reaching it's 20 year anniversary in 2018, and the accelerating innovation in networking, compute, storage, cloud, security and trust, we have a unique opportunity to once again push beyond current commodity offerings and develop an innovation platform that secures the community’s future capacity to innovate," said Moore.  

Rob Vietzke, vice president of network services added, "At every stage of the Internet's development, the broad R&E community was instrumental in laying the initial foundation. With this reinvestment in the Internet2 infrastructure, we have the opportunity to help shape the next generation of critical infrastructure for our community for the next 20 years and beyond."

To learn more about the call for papers and the process for submission, visit the Internet2 website here.


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 www.internet2.edu or follow@Internet2 on Twitter.