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Next Generation of the Network, Ecosystem of Regionals Discussed

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 by Linda Roos
Tags: Advanced Networking, Frontpage News

Next Generation of the Network, Ecosystem of Regionals Discussed at Connector/Network Member Principals' Second Annual Meeting

The second annual meeting of the Connector and Network Member Principals was held in early January in Tempe, AZ. The meeting was led by co-chairs Paul Schopis, Interim Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer, OARnet, and Tripti Sinha, Executive Director, MAX GigaPop, and focused on two discussion topics—the myriad of issues surrounding support of the ecosystem by both the regionals and Internet2, and, gathering input from the Principals on important factors for the planning of the next generation of the Internet2 network infrastructure and services. The goal of the meeting was to create a report to the Internet2 Board of Trustees that identifies critical issues for Internet2 going forward from the perspective of these Principals.

Next Generation of the Network, Ecosystem of Regionals Discussed at Connector/Network Member Principals' Second Annual Meeting

The second annual meeting of the Connector and Network Member Principals was held in early January in Tempe, AZ. The meeting was led by co-chairs Paul Schopis, Interim Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer, OARnet, and Tripti Sinha, Executive Director, MAX GigaPop, and focused on two discussion topics—the myriad of issues surrounding support of the ecosystem by both the regionals and Internet2, and, gathering input from the Principals on important factors for the planning of the next generation of the Internet2 network infrastructure and services. The goal of the meeting was to create a report to the Internet2 Board of Trustees that identifies critical issues for Internet2 going forward from the perspective of these Principals.

Prior to the meeting, each attendee submitted a paper on either (a) the two 2017 Internet2 priorities (Internet2 Network and Trust and Identity), or (b) the paper that was submitted to the Call for Papers that led to the Research and Education Community Investment in National-footprint Network Services (RECINNS) Workshop. All papers were made available to Principals’ Meeting attendees.
  
The meeting kicked off with presentations on the two Internet2 priorities listed above. Rob Vietzke, VP of Network Service, provided an update an overview of Advanced Network Services, and Kevin Morooney, VP of Trust & Identity Services, provided an overview on the progress being made with InCommon, TIER, and other trust and identity efforts, including the Stewardship program with MCNC of North Carolina to extend trust services to community anchor institutions. Discussion about the definition of "ecosystem" and the role of campuses, regionals, Internet2, vendor partners and international collaborators led to small group discussions on various aspects of the ecosystem including:

  • Innovation– is it still a major goal of the ecosystem?
  • Network security as an ecosystem issue
  • Challenges and opportunities in the current ecosystem business models
  • Support for research in the ecosystem
  • What role should Internet2 play in supporting regionals in their efforts with Community Anchor Institutions?
  • Regionals' future challenges (commodity, national happenings, limited TR-CPS)

Report-outs from six small group discussions were presented to the attendees. 

On the second day, the attendees heard lightning talks from eight of their colleagues who had been invited to the Research and Education Community Investment in National-footprint Network Services (RECINNS) Workshop. After the presentations, the attendees discussed input for the next iteration of the Internet2 infrastructure. The report for the Internet2 Board will be finalized in the next few weeks.