Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting

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The following advanced networking demonstrations were featured at the Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting.

Demo Times and Location:
The demos took place in Grand Ballroom D & E on the 5th floor of the Sheraton New Orleans. The demos were Tuesday, 14 October, 8:00am-5:00pm and Wednesday, 15 October, 8:00am-noon.

C-SPAN Digital Online Video Library

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/

Developed by:
C-SPAN

Demonstrators on site:
Robert X. Browning
Alan Cloutier

Contact:
Robert X. Browning
rxb@c-spanarchives.org
(765) 464-3001

Related Activities:
Track Session C-SPAN Video Library: Design and Delivery, 14 October, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Description:
C-SPAN has digitized its entire holdings from 1998 to the present and allows educators and researchers to access this collection via the Internet2 Network. The video library is searchable using a extensive number of fields such as topic, speaker, organization, committee, keywords and has an optimized word searching tool that includes abstracts and closed captioning text. The Flash Player permits clipping and posting of clips taken from longer programs. Text searching is available for many programs. The House and Senate are indexed in detail by speaker, bill, and time allowing one to find any speaker on the House and Senate floor, play that speech, and to read the text in the Congressional Record that accompanies the speech.

Role of Internet2:
Internet2 provides the highest access speed for faculty, students, and researchers at participating institutions to search and play video clips for teaching and research. Installing high-speed connectivity to the Internet2 access point. Upgrading the last mile of connectivity and expanding our server capability.

Remote Instrumentation and Collaboration

Developed by:
Ohio Supercomputer Center
OARnet

Demonstrators on site:
Prasad Calyam
Ann Zimmerman
T. J. Sandor

Contact:
Prasad Calyam
pcalyam@osc.edu
(614) 292-8107

Funding Organization:
Ohio Board of Regents

Related Activities:
Presentation at the Internet2 K20 Advisory Meeting.

Description:
Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) is leading a remote instrumentation program in Ohio that will provide access of expensive computer-controlled scientific instruments (e.g. electron microscopes, NMRs, telescopes) to researchers and industry. The program leverages Ohio’s investments in scientific instruments, wide area networking, high-performance computing, and data storage and aims to foster national and international collaborations over Internet2 involving cyber-enabled instrumentation. The demo will feature a web-portal that includes the Remote Instrumentation Collaboration Environment (RICE) software being developed by OSC to cyber-enable NMR spectroscopy resources at the Miami University for Telehealth applications.

DREAMS - Disaster Relief Emergency Medical System

http://it2.tamu.edu/dreams.shtml

Developed by:
Texas A&M University
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Demonstrators on site:
Larry Flournoy, Texas A&M University
Robert Arnold, United States Air Force

Contact:
Larry Flournoy
flournoy@tamu.edu
(979) 229-2462

Funding Organization:
TATRC

Description:
This demo will show the final implementation of the DREAMS/T5 project. The earlier demos at Internet2 Member Meetings included a civilian ambulance and a military High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) ambulance. This demo will showcase a portable system called the Deployable Telemedicine System (DTS), which is field portable and includes all the capabilities of the larger ambulance systems. Used in combination with the Internet2 Network, this type of equipment serves the goals for the FCC Rural Healthcare Pilot Program funding initiative, intended to help public and non-profit health care providers construct state- and region-wide broadband networks to provide telehealth and telemedicine services throughout the nation. Using DREAMS, we have successfully enabled geographically dispersed physicians to perform remote medical exams over 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

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 wil l 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. This particular demo session will emphases our recent development of our cost effective multipoint HD video collaboration environment that will be applicable to any users equipped with a recent desktop and a USB/firewire affordable camera.

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

The FACIT Approach to Cooperative Data Networks

http://www.ngda.org/FACIT.php
http://www.reddnet.org/mwiki/index.php/Main_Page
http://loci.cs.utk.edu

Developed by:
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Tennessee
Vanderbilt University
Stanford University

Demonstrators on site:
Terry Moore, University of Tennessee
Scott Smith, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santi de Ledesma, Vanderbilt University

Contact:
Terry Moore
tmoore@eecs.utk.edu
(865) 974-5886

Funding Organizations:
Library of Congress
National Science Foundation

Description:
The Federated Archive Cyberinfrastructure Testbed (FACIT) is prototype system being develop with funding from the Library of Congress to explore a new architecture for digital preservation using geographically distributed archives. The goal of this innovative approach to network archive federation is to significantly enhance archive scalability while at the same time facilitating inter-archive resource sharing for redundancy, high-performance access, and content management and migration. Focusing on the holdings of the National Geospatial Digital Archives (NGDA), FACIT builds on distributed storage technology that uses the Internet Backplane Protocol (IBP) and on the hundreds of terabytes of storage now deployed across Intenet2 on the NSF funded Research and Education Data Depot Network (REDDnet). This demonstration will show how easy FACIT makes it to discover and get fast downloads of large geospatial data objects from the NGDA’s collection and to achieve high performance replication of archive contents to new locations for improved reliability and persistence. New content copies are seamlessly integrated into the running application with no disruption of service. The demonstration will allow users to explore the collection via thNGDA’s Globetrotter interface (based on Google Maps) and to watch data downloads and content migration across Internet2 in real time using REDDnet visualization tools.

Role of Internet2:
Internet2's network fabric is essential to the operation of FACIT, providing fast, multi-threaded downloads to users and supporting high-performance, multi-way replication for mass content migration.

IOCOM Grid - Distributed Visual Collaboration in the Healthcare Industry

http://www.iocom.com/
http://www.niaid.nih.gov/Biodefense/
http://www.nhs.uk
http://www.wlcn.nhs.uk

Developed by:
IOCOM

Demonstrators on site:
Brian Gleason
Jim Miller

Contact:
Brian Gleason
bgleason@iocom.com
(312) 786-9169 ext 110

Description:
Thie IOCOM Grid (IG) is a software based, multi-point video collaboration platform. The IG offers features that allow for multi-point video streams and real time static and visual data collaboration all from the same scalble solution. The IG runs on standard PC and over standard IP networks. The IG is used for various healthcare initiatives in both the US and the UK. We have projects with the US's National Institutes of Health and the UK's National Health Service. In the demo we will demonstrate how the various institutions are makeing productive ues of the IOCOM Grid.

Role of Internet2:
The IOCOM Grid (IG) is a network based solution. Being multi-point, collaborative, and visual; the IG makes good useage of high speed advanced networks such as the Internet2 backbone. The IG is used in various distributed research projects that make extensive use of Internet2. Throughout our demo we plan to highlight the advantages of running this application on the Internet2 network

IPTV over Internet2: Live!

http://www.inuknetworks.com/iptv.html

Developed by:
Inuk Networks
Texas A&M University

Demonstrators on site:
Shaun Illingworth
Chris Gordon
Marcus Liassides
Nick Ruczaj

Contacts:
Shaun Illingworth
shaun.illingworth@inuknetworks.com
(613) 301-3020

Walt Magnussen
wmagnussen@mail.telecom.tamu.edu
(979) 777-0999

Related Activities:
Birds of a Feather Session: IPTV

Description:
Inuk Networks, Texas A&M University and Internet2 have partnered to deliver a demostration of live broadcast television over the Internet2 Network. The trial service will deliver standard and high definition linear broadcast television and video-on-demand (VoD) for education and entertainment. The solution utilizes MPEG-4 compression and multicast transport to deliver services to televisions via set-top boxes, and PCs/Macs using a unique virtual set-top box application developed by Inuk Networks. The trial expansion to other Internet2 member universities and the economies of a centralized service are discussed.

Role of Internet2:
Internet2 is the multicast-enabled broadband transport network for the services hosted in College Station Texas on the campus of Texas A&M University. From TAMU multicast streams are delivered over Internet2 to the Fall Member Meeting site in New Orleans. Internet2 is uniquely positioned to champion this type of service to member universities, as multicasting is not yet fully adopted on the commercial Internet. Because the commercial Internet cannot benefit from the bandwidth and network transmission economies of multicasting, they most often rely on a “best effort,” bandwidth intensive, peer-to-peer technology to deliver a lesser-quality service. Internet2 and its university members will play a leading role in the innovation and enhancement around these next generation services.

Nortel: Advanced Carrier Ethernet

Developed by:
Nortel

Demonstrators on site:
Tom Zawistowski
Gary Jan

Contact:
Tom Zawistowski
thomasza@nortel.com
(312) 909-9919

Description:
This live demonstration will highlight important enhancements to IEEE Ethernet standards including: IEEE 802.1ah Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB); IEEE 802.1 Qay PBB-TE™s PBB with Traffic Engineering, and IEEE 802.1ag/ITU Y.1731 for Fault and Performance management. Provider Backbone Bridging, also known as “MAC-in-MAC” (IEEE 802.1ah) evolves the Ethernet frame by adding a MAC header dedicated to the transport network and, in doing so, adds a Backbone source and destination MAC address, a Backbone VLAN ID (B-VID) and a Backbone Service ID (I-SID) to the customer’s Ethernet frame. The main benefit of Provider Backbone Bridges is that the MEF Service ID identifies the service in the transport or provider’s network. This provides nearly unlimited scalability with up to 16 million services. In addition, Provider Backbone Bridges provides clear separation between the transport/service provider networks and customer networks, because each has a dedicated set of MAC addresses. This also ensures that changes and possible problems with local customers’ networks do not perpetuate across the entire network, improving the stability of critical. Additionally, PBB-Traffic Engineering (IEEE Draft status) provides deterministic traffic engineering with SONET-like resiliency. In addition to the optical transport mechanisms, a rich-suite of Carrier-Class Operations, Administration and Management tools, include IEEE 802.1ag and ITU Y.1731 for Fault and Performance monitoring, all at Layer 2. Simplifying the end-to-end network with Ethernet significantly reduces the Capital and Operating expenses for our most critical enterprise, provider and private networks.

SCOPIA Desktop - Making it Easy to Fully Participate in Meetings

http://www.radvision.com/Products/Desktop/

Developed by:
RADVISION

Demonstrators on site:
Felix Brown

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

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: a High Definition (HD) room conferencing system, a laptop from a branch office or a teleworker’s personal computer. It is as easy to use as Web conferencing. Remote participants can also be included by sending them a Web link. SCOPIA Desktop’s built-in firewall traversal ensures call connectivity regardless of your partner’s firewall configuration. By utilizing RADVISION’s state-of-the-art audio and video hardware processing, each participant is assured a high quality audio/visual experience, with HD directly to the desktop. New recording and playback capability lets users record, archive and view all aspects of the meeting including audio, video, data and annotations. Recorded content is easily organized and managed providing simple web-based access and retrieval.

Role of Internet2:
With the ability to bring room-based and web-based conferencing users together, there is no need for participants to have conference room availability. They can be at their desks, in a classroom, or at home, enabling both the room-based user and desktop user to have a similar experience. With our new recording and archiving ability, teachers can record meetings/sessions, and have them available for students to view at a later time. SCOPIA Desktop also has streaming capabilities, allowing teachers to have both active and non-active participants in a session. The high bandwidth and low latency of Internet2 advanced networks enable optimal use of this high-end interactive video application.

Vidyo: a New Approach to HD Video Conferencing

http://www.vidyo.com/Conferencing.html

Developed by:
Vidyo

Demonstrators on site:
Adi Regev
Marty Hollander

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

Related Activities:
Track Session: Bringing Better Video Experiences to the Desktop
Poster Session: A Better VidyoConferencing Experience using Scalable Video Coding

Description:
Even as video communications have become more integral to enterprise applications over the past few years, the limitations of the current crop of video communications solutions have become uncomfortably apparent. Beyond the expense of the systems and solutions themselves — not to mention the special rooms and dedicated networks these systems require — users have been forced to bear with decidedly marginal performance, choppy frames, long delays, blurred motion, broken pictures, and the like. Given the expense of these systems, people have had good reason to expect more. VidyoConferencing products deliver low-cost, high-quality experiences and greater deployment flexibility over general-purpose IP networks. VidyoConferencing products are built on top of the H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) standard and accommodate afull range of user environments — extending all the way from the home-office desktop up to the dedicated corporate videoconferencing facility. VidyoConferencing products have all been designed to take advantage of an organization’s existing IP infrastructure — with no dedicated networks required.

This live demonstration of the VidyoConferencing solution uses the Internet2 infrastructure connected to servers installed at the Internet2 Commons.

Weather and Coastal/Ocean Data Transport and Visualization

http://mesonet.tamu.edu
http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/

Developed by:
Texas A&M University
UCAR

Demonstrators on Site:
Gerry Creager,Texas A&M University
Guy Almes,Texas A&M University
Tom Yoksas, UCAR

Remote Partners:
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
NCAR/UCAR
Unidata
SURA

Contact:
Gerry Creager
gerry.creager@tamu.edu
(979) 862-3982

Funding Organization:
NOAA

Description:
Weather observations comprise a large dataset that is distributed widely to research and education venues, including Internet2 members. In addition, remote sensing observations of the atmosphere (radar and satellite) produce large datasets in and of themselves. Numerical models of the atmosphere produce exceedingly large datasets, and the variety of models produced, both for varying uses and to support evaluations of forecast uncertainty (“ensemble models”). Finally, one can hardly consider atmospheric observations without including observation and modeling of the ocean environment. The combination of both ocean and atmosphere produces a dataset whose daily volume is extensive and where the aggregate over the course of a year is taking on the scope of a grand challenge for storage, management, mining and analysis. Texas A&M and our partners are active in numerical modeling, observation, data mining and archive, and transport of this data. In this demonstration we will show the results of atmospheric predictions run at NCAR and Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), with the data visualized on-site and remotely using various tools. We will also show the typical volume of data transported in the course of our efforts for the various atmosphere and ocean projects we participate in.

Role of Internet2:
The Internet2 Network provides the key backbone in sharing data among the various government and academia partners across the nation and the world. Most academic sites participating in the programs associated with these efforts are Internet2 member institutions. Leveraging high-bandwidth capabilities is invaluable when moving datasets ranging from hundreds of megabytes to tens of gigabytes per set.