Spring 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Poster Sessions

Spring 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting

Poster Sessions

Member Meeting attendees visited the Poster Sessions on display in the Arlington Ballroom Lobby on the conference level of the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel. New this year, meeting attendees were also be able to view the posters during the Welcome Reception on Monday, May 2.

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

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

Metro/Regional Optical Network Architectures for Internet Applications

ADVA Optical Networking

  • Jim Gerrity

Traffic on metro/regional optical networks, which are part of the Internet backbone, can be divided into two classes. A significant amount of traffic is true backbone traffic and traverses the network between ingress and egress points connecting the network to the rest of the Internet backbone. A second class of traffic is destined for a local node. Through traffic is characterized by well-known endpoints that terminate a typically large fraction of the traffic because they serve as gateways to the Internet backbone. Local traffic, whether it stays within the network or has its origin outside the network is less predictable as it depends on a number of factors such as the local population and its use of data services as well as the growth and relocation of data-centric businesses. Such traffic has different requirements depending on the particular network characteristics. A significant diversity in characteristics is reflected in a superset of requirements, which are best served using an array of optical transport technologies including CWDM/DWDM implemented as static as well as dynamic optical network solutions. ADVA will also be presentating as part of the Industry Perspectives of Optical Networking session on Tuesday, May 3 at 1:15-2:30pm.

Advancements in 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 multi-protocol support, 10GbE, OADM technology, and automated provisioning and management will be illustrated within context of R&E network requirements.

Construction Management

East Carolina University

  • Eric Connell

This poster will present the on-going research and current initiatives involving the Internet and communication technologies in teaching at a professional program of Construction Management.

High Performance Ethernet

Force10 Networks

  • Debbie Montano

This session will present High Performance Ethernet, which has huge relevance for next generation networking, grids, supercomputing, and next generation architectures—such as that being explored by the HOPI project.

Real-Time Communication Services and Collaboration Tools

The Internet2 Commons

inSORS Grid Server for Education and Research Customers.
The Commons has developed a hosted environment service for vendors to provide hosted solutions to the education and research community. The Commons will be hosting an inSORS Unified Collaboration Server (UCS). The hosted inSORS UCS will be accessible by all inSORS education and research customers. This fully supported UCS allows inSORS customers to collaborate with other inSORS customers as well as the Access Grid community worldwide. Additionally, the inSORS UCS provides h323 interoperability, so that traditional videoconferencing devices can easily be connected with inSORS Grid and Access Grid sites. Utilization of the Internet2 network will greatly increase the reliability and power of the inSORS Grid for the research and education community.

Optical Networking Innovations for Research and Education

Nortel Networks

  • John Moss
  • Tom DiPasquale

This poster introduces new technologies and network architectures which will reduce the cost of high speed optical networking and enable application acceleration through automated bandwidth control. The simplified optical transmission technologies open the door to wavelength selective switching as well as the ability to correct link impairments at the network edge. An overview of optical network control planes how they can be combined to enable multi-domain network will be presented to further the concept of bandwidth on demand. In addition to photonic layer advances, the integration of layer 1 and layer 2 switching will also be presented as a potential mechanism to further reduce network costs and enable more granular bandwidth sharing.

Qwest iQ Networking


  • Paul Matsikas

Qwest iQ Networking is a new suite of wide area networking services offering a converged networking service based on leading technologies allowing users to build networks using legacy ATM and Frame Relay protocols, as well as advanced IP-centric, multi-protocol label switching (MPLS)-based solutions. Qwest iQ Networking provides superior technology and universal access, as well as convenient, quick Web-based management and reporting tools.

Spirent Network Testing Products

Spirent Communications

  • Harry Segoviano
  • Russ Mattingly
  • Greg Goddard

Spirent develops a comprehensive suite of network testing products that address the needs of research and university customers. The company'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. Spirent solutions enable research and university organization to do:

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, Spirent 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, Spirent can validate latency and throughput of a new network in a lab. Edge routers can also be tested. Security testing Using Avalanche, Spirent can predict the impact on applications of DDoS attacks in a controlled environment prior to going live. 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.

Sun Software Agreement for Internet2 Members

Sun Microsystems

  • Vinnie Gupta

Most institutions are unable to afford the licensing fees of even the critical components of middleware software needed to deliver services to the IT customers on a 24/7 basis. Sun and Internet2 have created an agreement to make middleware software affordable for Internet2 members. This agreement is designed exclusively for Internet2 members.

Creative Connectivity—WilTel Education Solutions


  • Scott Pohlman

WilTel’s poster session is designed to strip away preconceived notions about design and infrastructure, instead emphasizing the open-ended nature of our relationship with Internet2 members and reinforcing the diverse options for developing and deploying advanced network applications and technologies for research and higher education.

The design illustrates general opportunities for:

  • Establishing connectivity to national networks
  • Creating & optimizing regional networks

In addition, it highlights specific opportunities for:

  • Creating more efficient storage/disaster recovery by using the same access facilities for SAN and GigE LAN traffic
  • Linking university IP telephony projects to a national DMS 250 network for termination to the PSTN
  • Transporting live HDTV over an MPLS-enabled infrastructure with the same backhaul technique used to broadcast SuperBowl 2004 and 2005.

The storage assured solution referenced in the poster leverages Nortel Networks’ Optical Metro 3500 to provide native storage protocol connectivity between two or more sites over WilTel’s optical network. Fibre Channel, FICON or GigE traffic is efficiently mapped using Generic Framing Procedure (GFP) and transported in a Virtually Concatenated (VCAT) payload for transport over SONET.

The IP-enabled voice service referenced in the poster is available via dedicated Internet access (DIA), MPLS IPVPN or Internet peering supporting H.323 and SIP call set up protocols. To create an IP-enabled voice portfolio, WilTel has integrated its 10 Gbps MPLS-enabled IP network with its DMS 250 voice network, the same voice network leveraged by the nation’s largest telephony providers. In essence, WilTel extends your termination footprint by accepting voice calls from a university’s switching facility or IP PBX for termination on the WilTel network.

HD VenueNet, referenced in the poster, is the industry’s first end-to-end fiber network for carrying live HDTV backhaul. It is an enhancement of the existing Vyvx VenueNet infrastructure, which broadcasters have trusted for 15 years as the proven, reliable delivery method for hundreds of thousands of the most highly viewed live sports, news and special events. HD VenueNet enables broadcasters to deliver live HDTV backhaul from event locations to their production facilities, end-to-end, at 270 Mbps. To access HD VenueNet, broadcasters use the Vyvx VenueNet box already in place at event venues. Vyvx utilizes mezzanine level (SDTi) compression to 270 Mbps with embedded audio, supporting 1080i, 1080p or 720p HDTV signals. The HDTV signal is transmitted to the customer premise as SDTi (SMPTE 305) over a 270 Mbps local loop.