Building the Network
Internet2 is a collaborative organization, so it is fitting that Internet2 Member Meetings are the result of an enormous collaborative effort that includes member institutions, corporate partners, Internet2 staff, and non-members alike. The commitment and energy that were dedicated to the meeting by the staff of The University of Texas at Austin contributed to the successful network deployment. In particular, Internet2 would like to recognize Wayne Wedemeyer, William Green, John Kilgore, Frank Abernathy, Allison Thompson and the staffs of the UTNet and Office of Telecommunication Services. The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences also donated a portion of the network equipment required to support this meeting.
Portions of this meeting were hosted in two separate locations: the UT campus and Hilton hotel in downtown Austin. Through the generous donations and support of Internet2 corporate partner Cisco Systems we are able to connect the hotel to the UTNOC at 10Gbps and allow for the network connectivity to the Abilene backbone at OC48. Internet2 corporate sponsor Ixia generously provided test equipment that was used to test the 10GE and OC48 links that connect the hotel network to the Abilene backbone.
Special thanks are due to Qwest Communications for their continued support of the Internet2 member meetings by facilitating the necessary connections to complete the circuits for this year's meeting. Internet2 would like to thank Juniper Networks for their ongoing support and all others whose efforts have made the Fall 2004 Internet2 Member Meeting possible.