University of Michigan Department of Dance Master Class for CERNET
On June 22, the University of Michigan Department of Dance, with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, presented a live master class for dignitaries in China to celebrate a new 10Gbps link between Internet2 and the Chinese Research and Education Network (CERNET). The live performance over the research and education networks was hosted at the James and Anne Duderstadt Center on the campus of the University of Michigan with technical support from the Computer Aided Engineering Network and the Duderstadt Center Video Studio teams.
“The Internet2 stream to Beijing during the University of Michigan's annual Paul Taylor intensive was a wonderful opportunity for the students to experience simultaneously the thrill and theatricality of live performance and the kinetic engagement with state-of-the-art technology. That Paul Taylor's work could be shared live across continents was both incredibly uplifting and inspiring.” said Dr. Angela Kane, Chair of the Department of Dance.
"It was quite a thrill to have our Department of Dance participate from the Duderstadt Center via Internet2's high-speed transmission to Beijing," said James J. Duderstadt, president emeritus and university professor of science and engineering, University of Michigan. “This again demonstrates the leadership role that Internet2 has played in providing connectivity to the world through advanced digital technology.”
500Mbps of compressed high definition video was transmitted over more than 6,000 miles from the University of Michigan to Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. This was possible because of the collaborative efforts by Merit Network, Inc., Internet2 and CERNET utilizing UltraGrid, from the laboratory of Advanced Networking Technologies (ANTLab) with the support of CESNET, the Czech Republic research and Education Network.