Fall 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting

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The following advanced networking demonstrations were featured at the Fall 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting in the Habersham Ballroom:

Name of Application: Cisco Tandberg TelePresence Interoperability Demonstrations

  • Developed by: Cisco
  • Demonstrators on Site: Hanny Alexandar, Mike Kennedy, others TBD
  • Contact: Mike Kennedy
  • Related Activities: Track Session - Telepresence Interoperability: Strategies and Stories, Tuesday 2 November, 8:45am-10:00am in the Chambers Meeting Room.

Demo Description: This demonstration will focus on the multi-vendor, multi-screen interoperability features and capabilities supported by the MSE800 with TelePresence Server and Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP) v6. Highlights will be a mix of single and multi-screen rooms, low-latency stream switching, and stream adaptation for optimized results and firewall traversal.

Cisco first released standard definition interoperability in Q2'CY08 and then upgraded it's interoperability capabilities from standard definition to high definition (720p) in Q4'CY09. In 1H'CY10, Cisco introduced two new interoperability solutions: The Cisco Media Experience Engine 5600 Series and the TelePresence Interoperability Protocol. Also in 1H'CY10, Cisco completed the acquisition of Tandberg, which will bring further interoperability capabilities to the market. Tandberg had already announced plans to implement the Cisco TelePresence Interoperability Protocol (independent of the acquisition).

Role of Internet2: The Internet2's leadership and partnership with the National and International Research and Education Community in support of TelePresence exchange services is critical to providing unified access to any institution or organization. This demonstration will also connect the existing Cisco Unified TelePresence Exchange for Research and Education, jointly operated by Internet2 and the NLR, thus expanding the benefits of the current services to include interoperability options.

Name of Application: EdUnify Web Service Registry and the BioCatalogue Web Service Registry

  • URLs: https://demo.edunify.pesc.org http://www.biocatalogue.org
  • Contact: Stephen Wheat
  • Related Activities: Track Session - EdUnify and BioCatalogue Web Service Registries, Wednesday November 3, 10:30am-11:45am in the Chancellor I/II Meeting Room
  • Developed by: Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council, Emory University, Manchester University, European Bioinformatics Institute
  • Demonstrators on Site: Stephen Wheat, Tod Jackson

Demo Description: There is an increasing disparity between the number of jobs requiring postsecondary degrees and the number of workers receiving them. One factor limiting the efficiency of higher education is the tremendous effort and cost required to integrate information systems across higher education institutions, service providers, and government agencies, which provide instruction and services to students. This high cost is largely the result of duplication of analysis and implementation work and a lack of sharing and re-use. Much like Google saves countless time and effort locating information and resources on the web, a web service index and registry helps integrators find web services that already exist, use them, and focus effort only on what remains to be done. EdUnify, a web service registry for higher education based on the BioCatalogue, enables collaboration, socialization and reuse of integration analysis and implementation. Web service registries have been employed successfully in other endeavors such as cancer research and life sciences to accelerate data interchange and reuse of costly analytical resources. With EdUnify, institutions of higher education, system vendors, and service providers will be able to integrate their systems more quickly and completely to offer new and improved services for students, faculty, and researchers.

Name of Application: Direct To Discovery (D2D) with Georgia Tech Ð Carbon Nanotube Formation & Scanning Electron Microscopy

  • URLs: http://www.d2d-gt.org/
  • Contact: Jud Ready & Dr. Greg Book
  • Developed by: Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Demonstrators on Site: Les Smee, Jessica Pater, Jud Ready and Dr. Greg Book will be remote

Demo Description: The Direct-to-Discovery (D2D) program at Georgia Tech brings world-class researchers and their laboratories into K-12 classrooms via real-time two-way high definition (HD) streaming video coupled with high data-rate computer-enabled explorations along PeachNet. D2D enables K-12 teachers and researchers to collaborate in providing rich, up-to-date science content that inspires, motivates, and empowers experiential learning.

D2D has developed several modules that have been experienced by students in Ireland, Australia, and multiple counties in Georgia. This particular module brings to you into Dr. Jud Readys Carbon Nanotube (CNT) growth lab at Georgia Tech. Here you will interactively experience the steps for CNT formation via catalyzed pyrolytic decomposition of hydrocarbon gases. You will also go into Dr. Greg Book's Scanning Electron Microscopy lab at Georgia Tech. Here you will interactively experience the nanoscopic characterization of sample via secondary electron emission.

Role of Internet2: Internet2 provides the high bandwidth connection required for HD jitter-free 2-way communications between labs and remote classrooms.

Name of Application: Wide-Area Route Control for Distributed Services

  • URLs: Project website, information: http://gtnoise.net/tp/about/
  • Contact: Vytautas Valancius
  • Developed by: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Demonstrators on Site: Vytautas Valancius and Hyojoon Kim
  • Remote Partners: Princeton University University of Wisconsin-Madison PSG
  • Funding Organization: Partially by NSF.

Demo Description: Many researchers express a need for a more accessible and realistic wide-area route control. For instance, researchers would like to be able to safely inject routes into the Internet and observe their propagation, perhaps to measure performance characteristics or infer the topology of the underlying network. Unfortunately, today, such route control is hard to obtain: network operators are reluctant to provide routing connectivity for the sake of experimentation. We propose a Transit Portal (TP) that gives each experiment the illusion of direct connectivity to upstream ISPs, without requiring the researcher to deploy hardware, acquire IP address space, or negotiate contracts with ISPs. TP allows convenient wide-area routing experimentation while ensuring the safety of the Internet ecosystem.

Role of Internet2: Internet2 members are supplying the sites where we deploy Transit Portal. Internet2 members are also the primary users of Transit Portal.

Name of Application: InvisionTV IPTV Delivery Platform for Internet2 Universities and Students

  • URLs: http://www.internet2.edu/iptvtrial/index.cfm
  • Contact: Derrick Frost
  • Related Activities: Track Session - IPTV Special Interest Group, Wednesday, November 3rd at 7:30am-8:30am in the Ascot Meeting Room
  • Developed by: Invision TV, TAMU ITEC, Internet2
  • Demonstrators on Site: Derrick Frost, Jeff King and TBD

Demo Description: Invision TV and Internet2 have partnered to develop and deploy a next-generation subscription IPTV service for universities that will deliver 75+ linear channels of IP video to TVs and PCs over the private nationwide Internet2 network. Invision TV and Internet2 will launch a 10 channel IPTV Technical Trial and 'proof of concept' with 20 universities and 500 users across the country in the Fall of 2010. The trial will allow Invision TV and Internet2 to prove out and demonstrate its IPTV technical platform with universities and programmers. The trial is a multicast-based IPTV service originating from the Invision TV Head-end, and will be distributed via the Internet2 network to member university campuses. Once on the campus network, the encrypted multicast streams are again delivered across the campus backbone to student residences and administrative or academic locations requiring television programming. The content format with be encrypted MPEG4, streaming at approximately 2Mb/sec/channel for standard definition programming. Universities will be required to ensure available bandwidth, multicasting and support on site. There is no member cost to participating in the trial.

Name of Application: New Perspectives on Videoconferencing and Visual Communications

Demo Description: RADVISION provides a comprehensive portfolio of powerful visual communications solutions that allow advanced voice, data and video conferencing. The SCOPIA platform includes advanced network infrastructure solutions for multipoint conferencing, network connectivity and firewall traversal; endpoint solutions for board rooms, conference rooms, desktop and personal video conferencing and management software for scheduling, device and bandwidth management and directory services. The SCOPIA platform is a combination of hardware and software products that provide the network platform; applications and endpoints to enable advanced video conferencing and collaboration. SCOPIA solutions are fully standards based and support the highest resolutions available in today's video conferencing solutions providing interoperability and interconnectivity between any video-enabled device, such as a telepresence system, a meeting room or a desktop video conferencing endpoint, with other telephony and video conferencing systems. SCOPIA solutions are used by institutions, enterprises, and application service providers to create high quality, easy-to-use voice, video, and data communication, collaboration, and entertainment environments, regardless of the communication network - IP, SIP, 3G, H.323, ISDN or next generation networks. RADVISION's SCOPIA platform is the industry's most comprehensive, robust platform for visual communication solutions that delivers the scalability and seamless device support organizations need to leverage and protect current standards-based conferencing investments. As high definition (HD) endpoints bring higher and higher video quality to traditional room based video conferencing systems, and unified communications and collaboration solutions extend video to the desktop and mobile arenas, RADVISION's SCOPIA platform provides organizations the flexibility to cost-effectively adopt emerging HD and unified communications technologies. The complete SCOPIA solution includes all the components necessary to provide a total video, voice, and data collaboration solution.

Role of Internet2: Currently, Internet2 has our SCOPIA Classic MCU installed. However, we would like people to see the improvements we have made from infrastructure to endpoints to desktop to mobile devices. Our solution will allow Internet2 to fully collaborate...anytime, anywhere, with any device.

Name of Application: Logistical Distribution Network

Demo Description: LoDN is a flexible directory service for Logistical Networking that allows for the sharing of data and files between collaborators in the wide area using the IBP protocol. LoDN manages, monitors and maintains data distributed to IBP depots. LoDN features a directory service that provides a hierarchical exnode management. LoDN has a data dispatcher that offers automated, policy-drivent, block-level data movement and replication to end users and IBP middleware. Additionally LoDN has adaptive data placement that anticipates what data an endpoint will be needing and moves data closer to that point lowering the latency of wide area IO.

Name of Application: VidyoConferencing in the Cloud

  • Contact: Ofir Michael
  • Developed by: Vidyo
  • Related Activities: Track Session -Video Conferencing in the Cloud, Tuesday 1:15pm-2:30pm in the Chambers Meeting Room

Demo Description: VidyoConferencing makes telepresence personal and universal when the low latency multipoint infrastructure is deployed as either a distributed private or public cloud providing access to mobile endpoints and room systems alike. By leveraging commodity hardware and general purpose IP networks, VidyoConferencing scales easily and affordably to address the challenges of enabling entire student and staff bodies with personal telepresence.

Name of Application: Virginia Tech eCorridors Community Broadband Map

  • Contact: Seth Peery
  • Related Activities: Track Session - The Role of Performance Measurement, Research and Internet2 Member Institutions at the Intersection of Broadband and Economic Development, Tuesday 3:00pm-4:00pm in the Grand Ballroom III/IV
  • Developed by: Virginia Tech
  • Demonstrators on Site: Seth Peery

Demo Description: The Community Broadband Map, developed by the eCorridors program of Virginia Tech's central IT organization, is a web application integrating a Google Map with the Internet2 Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT), enabling the georeferencing and aggregation of many individual network performance test results from Internet users into a basis for conducting spatial analysis in a GIS environment to develop a predictive map of Internet availability.

Role of Internet2: Internet2 develops the tools and standards that make my application possible. The Community Broadband Map is heavily based on NDT, and Internet2 manages the NDT project.