Fall 2003 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Advanced Applications - Video: NEES Videoconferencing Case Study and the Internet2 Commons Update

Time 10/15/03 10:30AM-11:45AM

Session Abstract

"The NEES ES-TF: Supporting a Distributed Science and Engineering Community"
(Erik Hofer)
This study will discuss the use of the Commons and other infrastructure, the lessons learned in managing deployment and support of video conferencing in a large, multi-site organization, and the kinds of scientific activities that are well supported by this kind of infrastructure. This case study of the two-year experience of the NEES ES-TF will provide insight into how a low-cost, easy to use conferencing infrastructure can support a distributed science and engineering. The George E. Brown, Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation is an NSF-funded set of projects to build a national collaboratory to support earthquake engineering research. A major challenge for NEES was to facilitate communication and coordination across the 16 equipment site projects that are distributed across the country. One important mechanism for the development of the equipment site community has been the NEES Equipment Site Technical Forum, a regular meeting of all of the equipment sites as well as participants from the projects to build the NEES Consortium and the cyberinfrastructure that will link the individual sites. The Internet2 Commons has played a vital role in enabling this meeting to occur by providing the MCU time necessary to host a regular, 20+ site video conference.

"The Internet2 Commons Update"
(Bob Dixon, Ted Hanss, Jonathan Tyman)
The new subscription model for the Internet2 Commons is now up and running. This fills the need for a sustainable H.323 videoconferencing service that extends throughout the Internet2 community and beyond. For the first time, the Internet2 Commons service is scaling up to reach the critical mass necessary for videoconferencing to become both routine and essential. New groups are coming online who have never before used the technology or who were discouraged from doing so by the high price of ISDN. Come hear the progress report, peak around the corner at what's likely to be offered in future, and join the discussion on how to promote face-to-face collaboration in research and education.


Speaker Erik Hofer University of Michigan

Speaker Erik Hofer University of Michigan

Speaker Bob Dixon The Ohio State University and OARnet

Speaker Ted Hanss University of Michigan and Chair of the Internet2 IDEA

Speaker Jonathan Tyman Internet2

Presentation Media

media item thumbnail Internet2 Commons Technology (ppt)

Speaker Owen DeLong Hurricane Electric

Speaker Bob Dixon The Ohio State University and OARnet

Secondary tracks Advanced Applications - Video