Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting

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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. Meeting attendees were also be able to view the posters during the Welcome Reception on Monday, April 23.

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

  • Monday, April 24, 6:30-8:30pm (during the Welcome Reception)
  • Tuesday, April 25, 10:00-10:30am, 2:30-3:00pm, 4:00-4:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 26, 10:00-10:30am, 2:30-3:00pm

Reliable high-speed Ethernet and data services delivery

Jim Gerrity - Adva Optical Networking

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.

Bulk File Transfer Application for High Performance Networks

Gigi Choy - Cal Poly State University- San Luis Obispo

As the size of files being sent across the internet increases, the demand for an application that sends bulk files quickly and easily becomes more common. Our bulk file transfer application aims to meet this demand. Our solution to the problem of slow bulk file transfers is twofold. First, our backend will use a patched version of the SCP protocol that increases buffer sizes, allowing more data to be transferred at a time. We combine this backend with tweaks to the TCP/IP buffer sizes to achieve speed increases of over 1000% over traditional file transfer protocols. Second, we design a simple application GUI to allow novice users with no networking knowledge to easily transfer bulk files. Many existing file transfer applications use extra functions that confuse novice users. Our GUI only integrates the most common functions requested by users. The poster for this session will show the results of bandwidth tests highlighting the improvements made when using our proposed backend configuration. We will also showcase the application's GUI. The aim for the poster session is to elicit feedback from the Internet2 community on further improvements that can be made to the backend and the GUI of our application.

Medical applications within the CESNET network

Milan Sarek - CESNET association

Medicine is a source of interesting applications that require high-quality infrastructure and a high throughput capacity. The association CESNET has been interested in this area. As interest in medical projects has been growing, a new independent activity, Medical Applications, was started in the second half of the year 2004. The following projects were carried out during the years 2004 and 2005, e.g.: Standard setting of medical applications, Medical applications related to GRID technology, Medical applications within the CzechLight project, Development of the MeDIMed (Metropolitan Digital Imaging System in Medicine) project. Many experiments can be done with respect to the infrastructure that has been prepared, but we will focus now on the following two areas: teleconsultations and distributed data storages. Both applications will be presented with significant case study.

Advances in Optical Networks for Research and Scientific Computing

James Archuleta - Ciena

Ciena will provide an illustration of technologies that represent current advancement of optical networks in support of research networking. The poster will highlight key features that drive flexibility, scalability, manageability and cost effectiveness available with today's solutions. Network deployments will be highlighted. Capabilities such as and multi-protocol support, 10GbE, ROADM technology, and automated provisioning and management will be illustrated within context of regional and national research networks. Jim Archuleta of Ciena Corporation manages Ciena's efforts in partnering with Research and Government communities to deliver advanced networks in support of emerging high bandwidth applications.

Security at 10 Gigabit Ethernet Wire Speed

Debra Montano - Force10 Networks

Force10 was the first to provide 10 GbE switch/router ports at wire speed; now Force10, via our acquisition last November of high performance security pioneer Meta Networks and continuing development, is the first to bring you 10 GbE intrusion detection and protection system (IDS/IPS) AT WIRE SPEED. This poster session highlights the leading edge capabilities of our new network monitoring products, which: accelerate IDS to 2-20 Gbps wire speed; filter out viruses and worms with approximately 1 microsecond latency; provide advanced packet capture and user defined, wire speed analysis algorithms.

Protecting Identities and Sharing Protected Resources: The InCommon Federation

John Krienke - InCommon Federation

The InCommon Federation supports user access to protected resources by allowing organizations to make access decisions based on a user's status and privileges as presented by the user's home institution. All U.S. higher education institutions and their partners are eligible for InCommon participation.

Advanced Photonic Integration and High-Speed Switched WDM Networks

Drew Perkins - Infinera
Rick Hafey - Infinera
Buddy Klinkers - Infinera

Continued growth of the Internet is today pushing the scaling limits of conventional dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) technology.  At the same time, many network managers seek an optical layer which is more tightly linked to their IP & Ethernet infrastructures, without the cost and complexity of Layer 0 "analog wavelength management".  This poster describes two key innovations which allow high performance optical backbones to scale economically while enabling an operational model which is more IP and Ethernet centric.  The first innovation is photonic integration.  By building indium phosphide-based Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), described in this poster, Infinera has collapsed the functions of a 100 Gb/s DWDM system onto a pair of 5mm semiconductor devices.  This poster also shows lab results on a PIC capable of transmitting 1.6 Tb/s (40 lambdas x 40 Gb/sec per lambda).  The second key innovation is at the systems level: digital switching of DWDM bandwidth, enabled by both photonic and electronic integration and assisted by GMPLS routing and signaling, makes connectivity of wave and Ethernet-based capacity simple, dynamic, and cost-effective.  Switched WDM represents the post-ROADM phase of optical evolution.  This poster also describes operational PIC-based digital optical networks, including metro, regional, and nationwide.

Defining A New TCP Option

Michaela Mezo - Juniper Networks

Internet Service Providers (ISP) use the Border Gateway (BGP) protocol to exchange reachability information with one another. Many ISPs also use BGP to distribute external routes throughout their Autonomous Systems. BGP obtains transport services from the Transport Control Protocol (TCP). Therefore, BGP inherits all of TCPs security vulnerabilities. In particular, TCP is vulnerable to "blind insertion" attacks. Using blind insertion techniques, an attacker can inject a TCP segment into a legitimate BGP session, causing the session to reset. IETF RFC 2385 provides a mechanism that operators can deploy in order to authenticate TCP segments, preventing blind insertion attacks. However, operators are reluctant to deploy this mechanism for the following reasons: - it provides only weak cryptographic protection - key management is cumbersome - CPU utilization can be an issue This project explores an alternative mechanism that supports stronger cryptographic techniques and solves the problem of key management. The alternative mechanism defines a new TCP Option that is being presented to the IETF.

Level 3 Professional Services

Greg Klass - Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Professional Services provide businesses with unique solutions that cover every stage of network growth. We can help you plan, deploy, optimize, manage and run your network infrastructure either as stand-alone Phases or as part of a complete Managed Network Service.

The Automated Optical Network (including demo)

Dr. Brian Smith - Meriton Networks

Is the Automated Optical Network a vision or is it becoming reality? This poster steps through the requirements of a truly automated network, and assesses the viability of the enabling technologies. A key aspect of automated provisioning, includes automated planning and engineering, and this session includes a demo of an advanced network planning tool.

MD on Tap: Point of Care clinical information via PDA/cell phones

Susan Hauser - National Library of Medicine

The MD on Tap project at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks to discover design principles for real-time point-of-care delivery of clinical support information via wireless handheld computers. To support the research, NLM has developed the MD on Tap system consisting of an intermediate server and freely available client software for PDAs and PDA/cell phones with Palm or Pocket PC operating systems, the two most widely used by clinicians, and access to the Internet. The clients support real-time search of and retrieval from NLM?s MEDLINE bibliographic database, and allow the user a variety of options for search and for results organization. NLM has been collaborating with the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii to introduce MD on Tap to medical students in a decentralized community-based learning environment. The students use special versions of the MD on Tap client on PDA/cell phones. To reinforce and extend community-based learning, NLM has developed a Web program for the students to review and repeat the mobile transactions on a desktop computer. The poster will describe the special clients and transaction review program developed at NLM, and will include some of the lessons learned from the collaboration.

Lewis and Clark Then and Now:  Linking the Trail to America's Students

Angie Burch - Polycom

"Lewis and Clark Then and Now" brings the excitement of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial to the classroom. This has been made possible with a portable broadband satellite connection and Tachyon Networks. Via an interactive website, distance-learning videoconferences, and live Internet web casts from the field, using Polycom equipment, students can ask questions of experts, interact with re-enactors and people on the trail, witness Bicentennial events live, and share their knowledge internationally.  Student presentations are an integral part of project programming.  Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the original expedition, this free, standards-based project invites students to investigate real-life issues and essential questions in diverse disciplines including the arts, science, mathematics, history, social studies, geography, and English and share their work with other students across the country.

Seattle Innovation Symposium 2006: Brainstorming the Future

David Croson - Southern Methodist University

SIS 2006 is a brainstorming session combining the expertise of scientists, entrepreneurs, technology experts, and policymakers. In two days (September 11-13) at the beautiful Seattle facilities of the University of Washington, we look for the next killer app of high bandwidth, ubiquitous computing, and ever-reduced technology prices. Our highly rated 2005 event (the subject of an upcoming documentary) addressed challenges in removing roadblocks to new billion-dollar technology businesses; our 2006 session will focus on amplifying technology's role in healthcare. Our contributors simply aren't willing to settle for the simple explanation of "it's just too complex, and can't be done!" If this sounds like you, too, SIS 2006 is your conference.

Get Five Nines - The First Time

Harry Segoviano - Spirent Communications

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.

Low cost MPEG-2 continuous presence

Rick Albertson - Star Valley Solutions

Imagine four 21? screens of MPEG-2 video! Star Valley Solutions offers wide-scale multicast with its SVS-200 products to enhance distance learning and collaboration over Internet2. The high-quality MPEG-2 resolution is 2x the resolution of H.323 in each axis, and it only uses 3-6 Mbps for DVD-quality video. With continuous presence, everyone involved in the multicast can see everyone else. Instead of splitting a single screen into four parts and losing resolution and detail, this full-mesh MPEG-2 solution displays video on four LCD monitors with composite video inputs and speakers. If you?re currently an SVS-2000 user, the SVS-201 decoder will allow you to expand the SVS-2000 to a multiple decoder configuration so your current equipment is not wasted. This low-cost MPEG-2 continuous presence application requires one SVS-210 encoder with a camera and one SVS-201 decoder for each site. And, no MCU is needed.