Governance Update - AOAC (February '12)
The Architecture and Operations Advisory Council (AOAC) met on February 22. Following the departure of George Loftus from the Council chair position, Charlie McMahon was elected as Chair and Paul Schopis was elected as Vice Chair. It was announced that Drew Perkins had left Infinera and therefore, had resigned from the AOAC. The AOAC sent a note of thanks to Drew and wished him well in his new endeavors. The Council then heard a presentation and had a discussion on early planning for the Internet2 Innovation Platform Initiative. The Initiative is intended to enable innovation within the US research and education communities by aggressively pushing the build-out of a set of intentional community investments that include expanded bandwidth, deeply programmable networks, application and cloud development strategies. All of these capabilities will be integrated through an intentional end-to-end architecture at the national, regional and campus level to create an environment for innovation. The AOAC discussed ideas regarding how to encourage use of this enabling platform. The AOAC welcomes comments on the Innovation Platform and its adoption by the community at firstname.lastname@example.org. Discussion will continue on the Innovation Platform at future AOAC meetings.