Fall 2004 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Fall 2004 Internet2 Member Meeting

The Fall 2004 Internet2 Member Meeting was held September 27-30 at the Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas. Approximately 735 individuals from a wide range of communities and disciplines registered for the Meeting. The meeting officially began on Tuesday morning, September 28 and concluded at noon on Thursday, September 30. Pre- and post-meeting activities, including tutorials, working group meetings, and workshops, were held on Sunday, September 26, Monday, September 27, Thursday, September 30, and Friday, October 1.

The Fall Meeting featured over 130 organized sessions:

  • 45 concurrent presentations during the main program
  • 22 birds-of-a-feather and special interest group sessions
  • 11 workshops and tutorials
  • 18 working groups
  • 29 other affiliated meetings.

Topics included collaborative approaches, case studies, cyber infrastructure, and technical implications of advanced applications. Network infrastructure, K20, middleware, and security were also areas of focus at the meeting. The program included updates on regional and national networking initiatives, including Abilene, HOPI, Texas LEARN, and National LambdaRail.

Thirteen advanced applications demos were featured at the Fall Meeting, showing a wide range of technology applications--from disaster relief emergency medical services to Internet2 Commons videoconferencing and collaboration tools to the connection of digital acoustical pianos over IP. Poster Sessions were scheduled during the Fall meeting and were well received. The newly christened Corporate Perspectives Forum garnered 10 participants who took advantage of the opportunity to showcase their organizations.

NOTE WELL: All statements addressed to and related to the activities of Internet2 working groups, working group projects, and Internet2 area initiatives and projects are subject to the Internet2 Intellectual Property Framework, which grants to Internet2 and its members certain licenses and rights in such statements. These statements include conversations, correspondence, and/or all documents, electronic or physical. Statements not addressed to or not related to the activities of Internet2 working groups, working group projects, or Internet2 area initiatives or projects, that are clearly not intended to be input to an Internet2 activity, group or project, are not subject to these provisions. Statements made to a group where written confidentiality agreements are in place are also not subject to these provisions.

Weekly Overview

Monday - The evening Welcome Reception at the hotel gave attendees a chance to relax as the meeting got underway. On Tuesday evening, attendees were treated to a full evening of enjoyment at the University of Texas, including a pre-event reception, a live vs. virtual performance event featuring the Miro Quartet, and a post-event coffee and dessert reception.

Tuesday - Internet2 President Doug Van Houweling welcomed attendees at the Opening Plenary on Tuesday, September 28. He was joined by Texas Governor Richard Perry and Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Plenary speaker was Dr. Larry Faulkner, President of the University of Texas at Austin and President, Internet2 Board of Trustees. His talk, "Convergence and Crystallization in Networking for Research and Education," focused on the forces and resources, institutions and associations, and ideas and desires that are converging to enable the synthesis of a new, much more potent, networking environment.

Wednesday - Dr. Henry Chueh, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Laboratory of Computer Science, and Director of Informatics at the MGH Clinical Research Program and the MGH Cardiac Program, gave the Closing Plenary on Thursday, September 30. His presentation, "Unlocking Our Treasures: Enhancing Access to Tissue for Genomics Research," demonstrated the Shared Pathology Informatics Network (SPIN) initiative, which uses Internet2's high-speed, reliable network infrastructure and peer-to-peer networks to share tissue samples and research into genetic causes of disease.

Thursday - During the Closing Plenary, Rich Carlson, Internet2, awarded the Land Speed Record to Sprint Corporation and the Swedish University Network (SUNET) for successfully transferring over 1830 gigabytes of data in approximately 60 minutes across nearly 29,000 kilometers of networks at a rate of 4.31 gigabits per second--4000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection.