Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Poster Sessions

All Member Meeting attendees were able to visit the Poster Sessions, on display during the Welcome Reception and during refreshment and program breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday. Presenters and organizational representatives presented and discussed their posters during the following times:

  • Monday, October 13 6:30-8:30pm (8th floor, Armstrong Ballroom)
  • Tuesday, October 14 10:00-10:30am, 2:30-3:00pm, 4:00-4:30pm (5th floor, Grand Ballroom D/E)
  • Wednesday, October 15 10:00-10:30am (5th floor, Grand Ballroom D/E)
  • Wenedesday, October 15 2:30-3:00pm, 4:00-4:30pm (3rd floor, Napoleon Foyer)

Pocket Optical Transport (POT) Networks

Brian Savory, ADVA Optical Networking

Constantly expanding demands for network bandwidth continue to drive the adoption of multi-wavelength optical technologies in metropolitan and regional core transport networks. Simultaneously, the ubiquity and economics of Ethernet access devices are driving demand for efficient, reliable delivery of Ethernet-centric services. The combination of bandwidth demand, Ethernet popularity, coupled with new applications is driving the emergence of a new generation of transport networks comprised of three specific technologies: reconfigurable DWDM optical transport, carrier-grade Ethernet service delivery, and the unified GMPLS-based network control plane. This session describes the many new data plane and control plane technologies emerging that, when used with existing reconfigurable DWDM transport elements and Ethernet access devices, will enable construction of end-to-end Packet Optical Transport (POT) Networks. The advent of new optical transport elements with Layer 2 awareness, combined with Ethernet delivery elements with improved service awareness and OA&M capabilities, has the potential to dramatically alter how Metro and Regional transport networks are both deployed and managed. This session intends to provide members of the R&E community with a solid understanding of the options and benefits provided by a converged POT network.

A Services Delivery Architecture Model for Campus Environments

Tim Drake, Alcatel-Lucent

This poster will propose an architecture model for delivering voice, video and data services over a unified network in Campus environments. This architecture is well suited for campus and living quarters networks as it enables University personnel to rapidly deploy services, in these environments, in a cost effective manner. This architecture also provides end to end network and service management capabilities which enables University personnel to have better visibility of the service performance and helps them troubleshoot their network rapidly.

Optical Network Control Plan and OTN Reference Charts

Jim Archuleta, Ciena

This poster will illustrate and outline two key technologies that address the building blocks for dynamic research network connectivity between research institutions worldwide. A key ingredient to this challenge is the optical switching and optical control plane technology which places "intelligence" in the optical layer by automating configuration, provisioning and restoration of the network. Ciena's poster submission will outline the key features of the ASON /GMPLS control plane as well as standards that support an optical control plane and how it enables mesh networking, automated neighbor discovery, configuration and restoration, and dynamic lightpath provisioning. Additionally Ciena will provide a reference chart for the ITU G.709 OTN (Digital Wrapper) standard which adds significant value in OAM&P to optical networks.

Building Cost Effective Optical Transport Networks

Rob Adams, Ekinops

This poster will focus on technolgy advances in optical tranport that are allowing for the construction of more cost effective networks. There are a number of key capabilities being made available in the optical tranport market more recently that contribute to lowering the cost of building out an optical tranport network. These capabilities are either new capabilities or improvements on past technolgoies that have enabled them to be more generally deployed in the industry. Many of these technolgies are particularly of interest for campus or regional networks. These capabilities are not just focused on capital savings in optical transport equipment. Many of them are focused in addition on savings derived by the need for less infrastructure like fiber or "huts" in which to house remote amplifiers. This session is intended to provided members of the Internet 2 community with the knowledge of the options that are available to them to cost effectively build out their own tranport networks.

New Options for Campus LAN & Wiring Closet Switches

Debra Montano, Force10 Networks

Campus networks must support ever changing and growing sets of applications and devices including Voice-over-IP (VoIP), wireless access points, video cameras, not to mention all those PCs and workstations. Campus networks need cost effective power-over-ethernet (PoE) enabled 10/100/1000Base-T wiring closet aggregation; high density GbE aggregation for distribution into a multiple Gbps or 10 GbE backbone; and inherent reliability, network control, and scalability to create a high performance Ethernet environment. This poster session will present solutions built on the Force10 C-Series, a resillent chassis based switch ideal for campus networking.

The FEDERICA Project

Mauro Campanella, GARR
Vasilis Maglaris, GEANT2 Europe & NTUA, Greece
Valentino Cavalli, TERENA

FEDERICA is a two-and-a-half-year European project to implement an experimental network infrastructure for trialling new networking technologies. This infrastructure is intended to be agnostic as to the type of protocols, services and applications that may be trialled, whilst allowing disruptive experiments to be undertaken. The aim is to develop mechanisms that will allow such experiments to be run over existing production networks without adverse effect. A unique aspect of the project will be the implementation of virtualisation techniques in conjunction with the network control mechanisms. These will permit network resources such as links (e.g. optical wavelengths or MPLS tunnels), interfaces, routers and control stacks to be allocated amongst multiple users, whilst granting each user varying degrees of control over their resources. The concept of running virtual overlay networks (e.g. VPNs) is well established, but FEDERICA aims to extend this down to a lower level in order to allow specific parts of the physical substrate to be allocated as virtual resources. Such resources are known as 'slices' and can be allocated to users for varying periods as required.

Advances in Optical Networking—Digital Optical Networking Services

Rick Hafey, Infinera
John Walker, Infinera

This poster will explore advances in Digital Optical Networking Services including IP over DWDM and future 40G and 100G directions.

Internet2 Workshops: Unique Training Opportunities for our Community

Susan Evett, Internet2
Elaine Lauerman, Internet2

Internet2 Workshops provide an opportunity to build, debug, and experiment with advanced technologies under the guidance of experts with extensive theoretical and operational experience. These workshops offer knowledge and resources that are unique to the Internet2 community, and provide this expertise to members at a fraction of the cost of comparable commercial training. Workshop instructors include both Internet2 staff and experts from Internet2 member institutions. Internet2 Hands-on Workshops take place at member organizations, and are often held in conjunction with other events such as Joint Techs and Member Meetings. This poster session describes the breadth of Internet2's workshop offerings and also provides opportunities for attendees to give their input and suggestions for current and future workshops. Stop by to learn about requesting a workshop for your member organization.

GMPLS Engine: The Middleware for Development of a GMPLS System

Yasunori Sameshima, NTT Advanced Technology Corp.
Kazuhiro Hayashi, Affiliation: NTT Advanced Technology Corp.

This poster presents an overview of the GMPLS Engine produced by NTT Advanced Technology Corporation. The GMPLS Engine is a middleware for developing a GMPLS system, and provides the solution of reducing GMPLS system implementation time/cost. Key features include big cost reduction by limited development for a special OS/NE dependence part, and short term development and easy cusotmization for the GMPLS system due to introducing the resource manager and the inter-module communicator. The GMPLS Engine is a powerful tool for implementing GMPLS into your network system.

Open Registry Initiative: Managing Enterprise Identity Data

Benjamin Oshrin, Rutgers University

The Open Registry Initiative is intended to help institutions manage their identity data by providing a scalable solution for the construction of consolidated identities; reconciling, credentialing, and assembling directories of these identities from multiple systems of record. Specifically, the Initiative addresses the functionality in the light green box on the left of the Internet2 Identity and Access Management information sheet diagram. Like Grouper and Signet, the Open Registry Initiative will be tailored for higher education in support of collaborative applications across advanced networks. Given the early nature of the work, a major objective now is the design of a data model and architecture that will meet the needs of both institutions and the applications that ultimately depend on identity data. "Out-of-the-box" integration with existing platforms such as Kerberos, LDAP, Grouper, Signet, Sakai, etc., is planned, as well support for evolving standards such as NIST 800-63 and InCommon identity assurance. Feedback from the community on current design considerations will be especially valuable.

SURAgrid: an On-Ramp to National Cyberinfrastructure

Gary Crane, SURA
Mary Fran Yafchak, SURA
Dali Wang, SURA

SURA is a consortium of 64 leading research institutions in sixteen southern states and the District of Columbia. The SURA region represents a unique cross section of the U. S. academic community. With over one third of the US population, the SURA region contains ten of the nation’s twenty-five EPSCoR states, 92% of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 22% of the nation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). To improve access to and knowledge of high performance and grid computing resources in support of research and education within the region, SURA has undertaken a coordinated program of planning, development, implementation and education targeted at building and developing a regional grid computing infrastructure, SURAgrid. SURAgrid has evolved over the past several years into a significant community of collaborating institutions and shared HPC resources supporting research and education. Coupled with targeted activities in outreach and training, SURAgrid is effectively “grid-enabling” the SURA community and creating a pipeline of grid knowledgeable researchers and grid enhanced research applications capable of utilizing the national cyberinfrastructure.

The Internet2 Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Steve Pirzchalski, Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently joined the Internet2 community and launched a program to demonstrate advanced technologies and demonstrations that will help the VA better support the nation’s veterans and their families. The VA has already begun to identify and plan the implementation of several demonstration projects. This poster will provide information on the Internet2 Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA’s efforts to participate in the Internet2 Community.

A Better VidyoConferencing Experience Using Scalable Video Coding

Adi Regev, Vidyo

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.