Fall 2003 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Fall 2003 Internet2 Member Meeting

Fall 2003 Internet2 Member Meeting

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
October 13-16, 2003
Indianapolis, IN

The Fall 2003 Internet2 Member Meeting washeld Monday, October 13 through Thursday, October 16, 2003, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Approximately 650 individuals from a wide range of communities and disciplines registeredfor the Meeting. The meeting officially began on Tuesday morning, October 14 and concluded at noon on Thursday, October 16. Pre- and post-meeting activities, including tutorials, working group meetings, and workshops, were held on Sunday, October 12; Monday, October 13; Thursday afternoon, October 16; and Friday, October 17.

On Monday evening, the Welcome Reception at the hotel gave attendees a chance to find colleagues and relax as the meeting got underway. On Tuesday evening, a reception and event at the Ruth Lilly Health Education Center featured demonstrations, presentations, and exhibits dealing with issues surrounding health education delivery and assessment for those in the K/20, health science, and international communities. On Wednesday evening, the Gala Reception at the Indiana State Museum included two demonstrations--a large-scale, multinational performance event and a demo on antiphonal music as well as showings of the IMAX movie "Cyberworld".

Fifteen advanced application demos were featured at the Fall Meeting, showing a wide range of technologies from integrated videoconferencing with web and instant messaging to network analyzers for performance metrics. The Meeting track sessions focused on innovative applications and the underlying high-performance network infrastructures that enable them. The program included track sessions covering advanced applications, including medical and video applications, applications security, and case studies in the use of the network for teaching and learning; updates on federated authentication, PKI, and directories; and network security and performance engineering projects. Collaborations with international networking organizations and the K/20 community were also featured, as were discussions on cyberinfrastructure and campus bandwidth management. The program also included updates on national and regional networking initiatives, including Abilene, and early work in exploring hybrid optical packet infrastructures.

Governor Joseph E. Kernan, State of Indiana, Michael McRobbie, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO and Vice President for Research at Indiana University, and Doug Van Houweling, President, Internet2, welcomed attendees at the Opening Plenary on October 14.The main plenary speaker was Paul Messina, Distinguished Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Lab, Visiting Professor at CERN and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Southern California, and recently retired as Assistant Vice President for Scientific Computing at the California Institute of Technology. His talk, "CyberInfrastructure: Promises and Challenges," reflected his background and service on the NSF's Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure, and addressed ways to accelerate the emergence of a true global infrastructure.

John Delaney, Professor in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington, gave the Closing Plenary on Thursday, October 16. His talk, "The NEPTUNE Regional Cabled Ocean Observatory: Interactive Networks of Remotely Operated Submarine Laboratories," described the NEPTUNE facility, a joint U.S./Canadian project, which is an ocean observatory in the northeast Pacific Ocean intended to serve as a community resource for a broad range of educational and research uses. NEPTUNE capitalizes on advances in sensor technologies, robotic systems, high-speed communication, nanotechnology, and dramatically escalating capabilities to computationally simulate reality. Also, during the Closing Plenary, a team consisting of members from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and CERN was announced as the winner of the Internet2 Land Speed Record. The international team transferred 1.1 terabytes of data across more than 7,000 kilometers (nearly 4,300 miles) of network in less than30 minutes, representing an average rate of more than 5.44 gigabits per second--more than 20,000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection.

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