Summer 2011 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs

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Sunday Tutorials

There were three 1/2-day tutorials on Sunday and one full-day tutorial on Saturday.

Sunday Tutorials

eduroam Tutorial -- John Mitchell (UAF), Jeff Hagley (Internet2), Philippe Hanset (UTenn)
1-5 pm

For this tutorial we will be covering how eduroam works, best practices for campus deployments, Wireless configs for clients and systems, and sample of various RADIUS server configs.

eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.

Hands-on Tutorial for Colo/Telco Facility Installations -- Hans Addleman (IU/GlobalNOC), hosting
1-5 pm

It's time to get your hands dirty with the GlobalNOC installations team as they teach you some practices, standards, and tricks that have helped make installations better and faster. Ever wanted to learn the archaic art of cable lacing? Need some work on your CAT5 termination skills? Interested in DC power termination? Then this is the class for you.

Some of the topics we will cover include, equipment installation, AC and DC power, cable management and termination, lacing skills, documentation, and a whole lot more! Prepare to be covered in wax and NO-OX by the end of this session.

Building a Data Transfer Node Tutorial
1-5 pm

The most important component of a "Science DMZ" is a properly designed and tuned "Data Transfer Node", or DTN. This tutorial will give an overview of the Science DMZ, and why it is important. It will then go into details on building a DTN. A DTN with plenty of disk bandwidth to fill a 10G pipe can easily be built for under $15K. Topics to be covered include hardware selection criteria, RAID configuration and tuning, network configuration and tuning, and other host tuning.

Saturday Tutorial

MPLS Tutorial -- David Farmer (UMN)
9am - 5 pm

This Tutorial is intended for network architects and engineers from higher education institutions. The main topic will be the deployment of MPLS in the campus environment. This encompasses:

  • Providing use cases for the implementation of MPLS, answering the question why it's relevant to a campus network.
  • Providing general background on MPLS, including a description of the MPLS wire format and a general glossary of terminology that engineers may face.
  • Introducing the control plane technologies related to MPLS, including BGP and LDP.
  • Providing concrete examples of MPLS deployments, including router configurations.
  • Discuss the changes to troubleshooting and other network management aspects in a network that utilizes MPLS.
  • Providing a hands-on environment to experiment with MPLS configurations.

Participants will be expected to be familiar with the operations of a campus data network, including IP routing, sub-netting, and dynamic routing protocols. No specific experience with MPLS is assumed.