Fall 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Internet2 Member Demonstrations at the San Diego Supercomputer Center

As part of the Fall 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting, the San Diego Supercomputer Center hosted advanced networking application demonstrations in conjunction with an afternoon of activities on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus. Calit2 also hosted tours and demonstrations at their facilities on the UCSD campus.

Times for the Demos at San Diego Supercomputer Center:
Wednesday, 10 October, 1:30-5:00pm


AmericaView: Delivering Remote Sensing Data via Internet2

http://www.americaview.org/

Developed by:
Stephen F. Austin State University

Demonstrators on site:
PR Blackwell, Stephen F. Austin State University
Diana Gunter, Stephen F. Austin State University
Terry Moore, University of Tennessee

Remote Partners:
LoCI
AmericaView, Inc.
REDDnet
L-Stor

Contact:
PR Blackwell
prblackwell@sfasu.edu
(936) 468-1199

Funding Organization:
USGS

Description:
This demonstration shows how the AmericaView consortium will use Internet2 and the Research and Education Data Depot Network (REDDnet, or "ready net") to give their users fast access to the large data objects in their collections. The data are normally stored in the archives of the AmericaView Remote Sensing Consortium, which represents historic and current satellite remote sensing imagery from across the United States. In this project, data from the AmericaView archives will be replicated and striped across the storage depots of REDDnet, an NSF-funded, wide area storage infrastructure being created to support data intensive collaboration among researchers, teachers, and students who are distributed across Internet 2 and other research networks. For the demonstration, the AmericaView™ visual metadata search software, called GloVis, will be used to select one or more satellite image datasets from the AmericaView archive, which will then be downloaded at high performance via Internet2 Networks from corresponding replicas striped across storage depots on REDDnet. The REDDnet™ logistical networking technology delivers the imagery to the client at high speed by using multi-stream file transfer, often down multiple network paths, and all occurring transparently to the user. In the demo, GloVis access to AmericaView data is supercharged by combining REDDnet and Internet2.

Role of Internet2:
Internet2 provides a high-bandwidth data path that optomizes the large data object delivery via logistical networking technology such as REDDnet.


Codian High Definition MCU and IP Video Conferencing Recorder

http://www.codian.com/

Developed by:
Codian

Demonstrators on site:
Jim Christopoulos
Wes Burkett

Contact:
Jim Christopoulos
jim@codian.com
(773) 230-2249

Related Activities:
Track Session "Bringing Telepresence and Video Conferencing Closer Together and New Video Conferencing Development"

Description:
During this demonstration, we will connect from a high definition (HD) endpoint to a Codian Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) in a call with CIF, 4CIF, 3G and voice-only endpoints. We will demonstrate that you can maintain high definition resolution with full continuous presence, rate matching, and full transcoding while streaming the conference live. We will also demonstrate Codian ClearVision™ technology, which transforms images from standard definition (SD) and enhanced definition (ED) endpoints by up to 4x the resolution allowing the HD system to experience superior quality images consistently, no matter where they originate. This ability is unique to Codian as other solutions only have the capability to connect in HD or SD, but not both.

Role of Internet2:
Multi-endpoint, high definition H.323 connections are very bandwidth intensive and require the advanced capabilities provided by Internet2 Networks.


Enabling Virtual Organizations (EVO)

http://evo.caltech.edu/

Developed by:
California Institute of Technology

Demonstrators on site:
Philippe Galvez
Gregory Denis
Dave Adamczyk

Contact:
Philippe Galvez
galvez@caltech.edu
(626) 395-4017

Funding Organization:
DOE

Related Activities:
Track Session "Enabling Virtual Organizations"

Description:
The EVO (Enabling Virtual Organizations) system is based on a new distributed and unique architecture to provide to the High Energy and Nuclear Physics experiments a system/service that meet their unique requirements of usability, quality, scalability, reliability, and cost necessary for nationally and globally distributed research organizations.The EVO system has been officially released during June 2007 includes a better-integrated and more convenient user interface, a richer feature set including higher resolution video and instant messaging, greater adaptability to all platforms and operating systems, and higher overall operational efficiency and robustness with full integration with H.323, SIP and POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) network. All of these aspects will be particularly important as we approach and then enter the startup period of the LHC (the world largest Physics experiment located at CERN) because the community will require an unprecedented level of daily collaboration. Beyond all the user-features, another key enhancement is the collaboration infrastructure network created by EVO, which covers the entire globe and which is fully redundant and resilient to failure. The EVO infrastructure automatically adapts to the prevailing network configuration and status, so as to ensure that the collaboration service runs without disruption.

Role of Internet2:
Internet2 because of its unique environment is a major and unique network/infrastruture where EVO has been deployed and use today to perform daily collaboration meetings with scientists connected worldwide.


Globus MEDICUS: Federation of DICOM Medical Imaging Devices into HealthGrids

http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Incubator/MEDICUS

Developed by:
University of Southern California

Demonstrators on site:
Stephan G. Erberich

Contact:
Stephan G. Erberich
serberich@chla.usc.edu
(323) 361-3897

Funding Organization:
NIH
Children's Oncology Group
Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation

Description:
MEDICUS, a 2007 IDEA Award Winner, is an open-source project with the objective to integrate Grid technology in healthcare and clinical research operations. Typically the healthcare enterprise uses silo architectures of proprietary systems which lack interoperability. Thus large-scale enterprise operations comprising multi-vendor solutions often fail or present a huge burden when exchanging vital medical data. Here MEDICUS spawns a Grid layer on-top of medical devices, e.g. medical imagers, based on the NEMA Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) industry standard. Thus any DICOM device becomes a resource in the Grid. The Grid layer virtualizes commercial medical imaging archives (PACS) at the local hospital or practice level into one single Grid PACS. Thus images can be stored and discovered anywhere within the Grid, e.g. a field hospital can uplink with the grid and upload/retrieve data including images from any Army or private hospital participating in the Grid, e.g. for tele-radiology. The medical data availability, e.g. images, enables Grid services for knowledge discovery, processing, and mining on the entire body of data. Grid uses industry strength security management (X.509 certificates) to authenticate and authorize access to services (like MEDICUS). The Globus Toolkit which is used for MEDICUS is the de-facto standard in data and computing grid technology (www.globus.org). Globus Alliance is a government, industry, and academia consortium overseeing the standardization of Grid technology and its implementation. The Globus toolkit offers reliable core infrastructure components for data management, security, large-scale commuting, and activity monitoring. MEDICUS vertically integrates these existing services and extents it to medical informatics domain. An example is data replication provided by core services of Globus Toolkit and integrated into MEDICUS to provide fault tolerance and disaster recovery of medical images – crucial to regulated healthcare. MEDICUS also uses Grid security for patient privacy protection in compliance to HIPAA. In conclusion, Globus MEDICUS provides a standards-based service oriented architecture (SOA) Grid framework for secure medical image exchange, fault tolerant storage management, image processing, and data mining in a shared environment over government or public wide area networks (WAN), e.g. Milnet or Internet2. Use-Cases: Childern™s Oncology Group (COG) Grid (28 medical centers) and Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation Grid (14 medical centers) use MEDICUS to perform ad-hoc central review for multi-center clinical trials in the US and Canada.

Role of Internet2:
Academic medical centers which use MEDICUS are connected via high-speed Internet2 Networks. Exchange of large-scale medical images requires high-bandwidth and low-latency network performance as provided by the Internet2.


Internet2 Commons Virtual Demo Room

http://commons.internet2.edu/

Developed by:
Internet2
The Ohio State University

Demonstrators on site:
Megan Troyer
Bob Dixon

Contact:
Megan Troyer
troyer.59@osu.edu
(614) 292-8443

Related Activities:
Track Session "Internet2 Digital Video Initiative"

Description:
The Internet2 Commons Virtual Demo Room will use the Internet2 Commons to provide connectivity between anyone on the Internet and the participating Internet2 corporate members in the demo area. This will enable participants to ask questions and remotely see demonstrations of the vendor's equipment. The Internet2 Commons will widely publicize H.323 connection information for this "Virtual Demo Room" prior to the Fall Member Meeting. Those that do not attend the meeting in person will be able to interact with the H.323 vendors (engineers, etc.) in the Demo Room. Once sites make their initial connection, we will provide instructions for connecting with any H.323 equipment participating in the virtual demo room. Remote Endpoints should call GDS: 0011897831010, see http://commons.internet2.edu/reggate for registering to a GDS Gatekeeper.

Role of Internet2:
Internet2 will serve as the backbone for all of the remote sites to interconnect with the vendors in the Demo Room. Also, the Internet2 Commons Multipoint Control Units (MCUs) will host all of the remote sites wishing to tour the demo room.


IOCOM HD: Redefining Telepresence

http://www.iocom.com/hd.htm

Developed by:
IOCOM

Demonstrators on site:
Jim Miller
Brian Gleason

Contact:
Jim Miller
jmiller@iocom.com
(312) 786-9169

Description:
The IOCOM Grid software (formerly inSORS) as recently been enhanced to include improved video codecs including several high definition (HD) resolutions without unreasonable bandwidth demands. Combining these codecs with the existing easy to use toolset and unique features, IOCOM has redefined telepresence, making it a flexible, scalable and affordable solution.

Role of Internet2:
Even with IOCOM’s improved codecs, high definition video streams can exceed 5 Mbps per stream. Since IOCOM’s solution can join multiple sites sending multiple streams, the robust Internet2 Network is critical for researchers to collaborate while utilizing HD.


Polycom High Definition Video

http://www.polycom.com/

Developed by:
Polycom

Demonstrators on site:
Angie Burch

Contact:
Angie Burch
Angie.Burch@Polycom.com

Description:
Polycom® UltimateHD™ architecture enables the worlds most life-like and engaging experience that will make possible an entirely new class of conferencing and collaboration applications. Polycom UltimateHD solutions such as HD Voice, HD Video, HD Infrastructure, People on Content and HD Global Services will provide users the greatest visual, audio, and content detail in a multimedia collaborative meeting. This pure clarity, rich detail and fidelity will improve productivity and efficiency on a scale never before available in On-Demand or scheduled collaborative meetings.


SCOPIA Desktop: A Revolutionary Way to Connect

http://www.radvision.com/Products/Network/SCOPIADesktop/

Developed by:
RADVISION

Demonstrators on site:
Vic DeBernardis
Mike Trapp

Contact:
Laurie Berg
lberg@radvision.com
(603) 666-6201

Related Activities:
"Enabling Virtual Organizations"

Description:
SCOPIA Desktop™ makes your video network accessible to any member of your organization. Using SCOPIA network infrastructure, team members can collaborate in a multiparty conference regardless of the device, whether it’s a high-end room conferencing system, a laptop from a library or a student's personal computer. It is as easy to use as web conferencing. Teachers and students can also be included by simply sending a web link. SCOPIA Desktop features built-in firewall traversal, ensuring call connectivity regardless of your partner’s firewall configuration.

Role of Internet2:
The high bandwidth and low latency of Internet2 advanced networks enable optimal use of this high-end interactive video application.


Video Communication Using Scalable Video Coding

http://www.vidyo.com/

Developed by:
Vidyo

Demonstrators on site:
Adi Regev
Marty Hollander

Contact:
Adi Regev
adi@vidyo.com
(201) 873-7752

Related Activities:
"Bringing Telepresence and Video Conferencing Closer Together and New Video Conferencing Developments"

Description:
Vidyo makes broad-based deployment of video communications possible and brings the price, performance and quality of video communications in line with user expectations.Vidyo’s disruptive technology applies standard-based scalable video coding to real-time IP communications. This innovative approach makes Vidyo the first company to offer technology that is capable of delivering superior high quality video at unprecedented cost. Vidyo licenses our technology to equipment vendors and solution providers, as well as offering end-to-end video communications systems for the desktop (PC & MAC) and for meeting and board rooms.

Role of Internet2:
Vidyo’s breakthrough technology will allow for extremely effective error resiliency during video communication (up to HD), a fact that will improve the user’s experience and actual usage of video.