Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Poster Sessions

Member Meeting attendees visited Poster Sessions on display in the Wyndham Foyer on the ballroom level of the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza.

Presenters and organizational representatives engaged and discussed their posters during the following times:

  • Monday, September 19, 6:30-8:30pm (during the Welcome Reception)
  • Tuesday, September 20, 10:00-10:30am, 2:30-3:00pm, 4:00-4:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 21, 10:00-10:30am, 2:30-3:00pm, 4:00-4:30pm

Reliable High-Speed Ethernet and Data Services Delivery

ADVA announcing membership in THE QUILT “Vendor Exchange Program”

ADVA Optical Networking

  • Jim Gerrity

The ever increasing pervasiveness of the Internet continues to fuel a need for reliable delivery of high-speed Ethernet services. While some applications such as VoIP and general web browsing demand cost-effective yet reliable delivery of lower speed services, others require very large bandwidths with even more stringent performance metrics. Network solutions are available today that support both and even provide a growth path from one to the other. This session will discuss enabling technologies as well as their impact on Ethernet aggregation and transport networks.
Second ‘Poster’ message will announce ADVA’s participation in THE QUILT’s Vendor Exchange Program. QUILT members can know get special ADVA pricing, consulting services, and other technical and product solution ware.

Advanced Optical Networks for Research & Education


  • Jim Archuleta

Ciena will provide a graphical depiction of technologies that represent latest advancement of optical networks in the research and education community. The poster will highlight key features that drive flexibility, scalability, manageability and cost effectiveness that is available with today's solutions. Network deployments will be highlighted with an illustration featuring newly introduced technology supporting R&E networks. Capabilities such as and multi-protocol support, 10GbE, OADM technology, and automated provisioning and management will be illustrated within context of Research networking.

Jim Archuleta of Ciena Corporation manages Ciena's efforts in partnering with the Research and Education and Government marketplace on delivery of Advanced Networks to support Research and Government transformation strategies.

High Performance Ethernet

Force10 Networks

  • Scott Martin

This session will present High Performance Ethernet, which has huge relevance for next generation networking, grids, supercomputing, and next generation architectures—such as that beinng explored by the HOPI project. Our poster will show options and considerations for Ethernet beyond 10 GigE, paving the way for 100 GigE. And highlight our participation in the Internet2 Hybrid Optical & Packet Infrastructure (HOPI) project.

Internet2 Partnerships: Enabling High Speed Collaborations Across the Miles

IBM and Pace University

  • Matt Ganis
  • Jean Coppola
  • Dennis Anderson

Over the last few years, the Internet2 initiative has seen a considerable increase in the number of activities and projects being undertaken by various high end research institutions. The main sources of information about these projects are the Internet2 website, member meetings, and consortiums. A growing number of K-12 schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and small research organizations are looking towards utilizing Internet2 for their educational and research needs. Given NSF's initiatives and effort to advance Internet2 collaborations, we (in conjunction with an initiative already started by NYSERNet) are continuing development of a clearing house" database (of research projects would enable those organizations that are not involved with various consortia (due to lack of funds or grants) to collaborate with institutions / research teams that may be looking for new innovative ideas, projects, and partners. The data will be valuable to beginning Internet2 and potential members, as well as the Internet2 general community.

This database will include information about the range of projects, points of contact, and serve as a focal point for communities with specific common needs, requirements, offerings, or interests. More importantly, we hope this repository will foster new projects and activities involving not only experienced Internet2 institutions, but the next generation looking to learn and participate.

From Intern to Engineer: IPv6 Extended Header Case

Internet2 Netern

  • Andrew Lake

IPv6 extended headers offer challenges in line-rate packet header inspection and in securing networks that transit IPv6 traffic. This poster highlights a real-life case study of such a problem and how the issue worked its way from intern to network engineer. Also highlights what this problem means for other applications using IPv6.

New Advances in Wavelength Agile Networks

Meriton Networks

  • Brian Pratt

R&E Network planners are striving to add capacity to their networks as well as make them very scalable in order to address increasingly higher bandwidth demands. This session describes and evaluates some of the new advances in wavelength agile networking: electronic ROADMs, optical ROADMs, switching, multi-service aggregation, and more.

It Takes a Team: Regional Services Center, Districts and Students Collaborate

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and MAGPI

  • Maria Johns

Those who view this presentation will hear from several members of the Montgomery County, PA Internet2 Applications Team. The team is composed of Intermediate Unit staff that provide professional development and project coordination, and representatives from school districts actively engaged in videoconferencing technology.

The Intermediate Unit (IU) provided leadership in planning and implementing the installation of a high speed fiber network between the IU, member districts, and the Montgomery County Community College during the summer of 2004. As the physical infrastructure was being built, the IU brought together a team of technology specialists, librarians, and teachers to investigate interactive videoconferencing (IVC) opportunities. Regular Internet2 Applications Team meetings were held to learn the basics of the technology and to sample programming from various content providers such as museums and government agencies. Partnerships were formed with the local community college, county government, and the Internet2 provider, MAGPI.

This presentation will begin with a brief overview of the high speed fiber network, (Montgomery County, PA K-12 Education Network) and the role of the partners in planning for success. We will discuss several videoconference experiences that have been highly successful.

Global Cross-Campus WLAN Roaming Based on Distributed Authentication Mechanism

National Center for High-performence Computing

  • Ching-Heng Ku
    Yung-Chi Yang
    Wei-Hung Huang
    Wei-Wen Chen
    Ko-Chung Tang

In this paper, we proposed the concept of "Global Cross-campus WLAN Roaming" based on the infrastructure of research networks. The short-term goal is to achieve resource sharing among universities and research institutions. The long-term goal is to form a global campus WLAN roaming alliance. In Taiwan, we have had more-than-two-year experience in the feasibility study and in the real service trial suggest our design a successful prototype.

In a Cross-campus WLAN Roaming architecture, we first construct a Roaming Center to exchange user authentication information. All participants use the RADIUS protocol (Remote Authentication Dial in User Service) to connect to the Center. When a user wishes to use the WLAN network in the membership institution he can simply use his own local account and password to be authenticated as if he has gone through the Roaming Center.

The architecture of integrating all member institutions' authentication systems is an uncomplicated one. We also have been promoting a number of applications on this architecture, such as Voice over IP (VoIP), Mobile Learning System (MLS), and Wireless Multimedia System (WMS). In Taiwan, over 50 universities and 500,000 user accounts are being served in this architecture. A student can easily access to the Internet by the WLAN Roaming services at any other campuses.

Eventually, we would like to extend this WLAN Roaming architecture to overseas campuses. We may help any interested universities to establish Roaming Authentication Center. Hence the "Global Cross-campus WLAN Roaming architecture" allows the interconnection of all Center. In fact, the more universities join this architecture, the quicker the Global WLAN Roaming Alliance will be realized.

Internet2 Members Encouraged to Join REN-ISAC for Network Security Awareness, Coordination, and Defense


  • Doug Pearson

Based at Indiana University, and in conjunction with EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and other network providers, the REN-ISAC (Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center) supports higher education and the research community through monitoring associated networks for security anomalies; information collection, analysis, and dissemination; providing early threat warning, and advice on appropriate responses. As the name implies, REN-ISAC products and services are specifically designed to support the unique environment and needs of organizations connected to served higher education and research networks. The REN-ISAC also provides support to, and gains information from, activities designed to protect the national cyber infrastructure, through participation in the formal U.S. ISAC structure. In this session, we'll illustrate the REN-ISAC operational information product and provide instructions on how to subscribe to those products.

Get Five Nines - The First Time

Spirent Communications

  • Harry Segoviano

Spirent develops a comprehensive suite of network testing products that address the needs of research and university customers. Spirent’s solutions test every facet of the network - from applications, security and network infrastructure - helping users increase security and improve the performance and availability of their networks.

10G throughput validation and BERT testing. Using the AX technology, Spirent provides a way to validate link availability via a loopback of the fiber as well as BRET testing. Applications testing over the backbone. Using Avalanche technology, you can create real world applications on the backbone, providing reports such as response time from the end user perspective. Systems tests of a 10G core. Using Smartbits and SmartFlow, you can validate latency and throughput of a new network in a lab. Edge routers can also be tested. Security testing. Using Avalanche, you can predict the impact on applications of DDoS attacks in a controlled environment prior to going live. Using ThreatEx, you can run simulated attacks on individual devices, or whole networks, in order to pinpoint network vulnerabilities.

Spirent's solutions accelerate the profitable development and deployment of network equipment and services by emulating real-world conditions in the lab and assuring end-to end performance of large-scale networks.

Implementation of Sun's Identity Management Solution at Western
Michigan University

Sun Microsystems and Western Michigan University

  • Greg Lozeau

Western Michigan University (WMU) will share its experiences in solving their Identity Management problem. WMU's approach is interesting because over and above solving the authentication and directory synchronization problem, they are also implementing "roles and rules based access" as well as "automated provisioning and de-provisioning".

PerfSonar - An Extensible Framework Designed to Manage Multi-Domain Network Performance Information.

University of Delaware and Internet2

  • Jason Zurawski
  • Martin Swany
  • Jeff Boote

The PerfSonar project is creating an interface capable of gathering and managing the storage and retrieval of network performance information from various high-performance networks. By leveraging a sevice-oriented architecture, relevant performance information is transformed into a well defined XML structure used for both transmission and storage. Grid enabled technologies enable lookup and discovery of PerfSonar repositories to facilitate the growth and sharing of performance measurements for advanced network-aware applications as well as management applications.

GSL: Logistics and Light Paths

University of Delaware

  • Aaron Brown

The goal of the GSL project, a continuation of the LSL project, is to use store-and-forward buffers inside the networks to provide a more flexible method for interacting with heterogenous networks containing a variety of flow properties. GSL would provide benefits to network administrators by giving them more control over the connection flows going across their network. It would also provide users with more information about the state of their connections and which links are the bottleneck for their connection.