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Call for Participation

NEW IN 2017

Selection criteria emphasizes content that is heavily technical, offers interactivity with audience, and is instructional. Consider using one of these formats for your proposed material:

  • Single Presentation – A 50-minute talk with audience participation.
  • Series of Presentations – A series of interconnected talks within the 50-minute session.
  • Presentation with Facilitated Discussion – A brief informational segment augmented by interactive activities or discussions on practical applications.
  • Multi-Speaker Panel – Two-to-three presenters from multiple Institutions or perspectives on the same topic. These moderated discussions include case studies to help attendees apply concepts to their campus.
  • Moderated Debate – Combining a thought-provoking topic with opposing viewpoints; an outside moderator frames the exchange of views and engages the audience.
  • Lightning Talk – A collection of brief presentations comprise a single 50-minute session; time is reserved for Q&A as needed.

Call for Session Proposals

Proposal submissions are being solicited in five areas of interest, and will be reviewed and selected by a Program Committee comprised of distinguished representatives from the R&E community. We're counting on your innovative contributions to make the 2017 Internet2 Technology Exchange an invaluable technical program.

Tracks: Advanced NetworkingInformation SecurityTrust and IdentityApplications for ResearchWeb-Scale Computing

Advanced Networking

The R&E community has traditionally been at the forefront of advanced networking, developing new and innovative ways to support emerging challenges in support of scientific research, network research, and distance education. In recent years, the complexity of advanced networks has exploded with the widespread introduction of software-defined networking (SDN), the integration of compute and storage, and the exponentially increasing requirements for data intensive science.

The advanced networking track is organized around three themes; traditional networking issues, advanced networking challenges, and "far horizon" networking ideas.

Topic #1: Traditional Networking Issues: This topic area covers issues that the R&E networking community have dealt with for years, from performance monitoring to security.

Topic #2: Advanced Networking Challenges: This topic area covers new and emerging challenges facing the R&E networking community that have risen in recent years, from SDN to Science DMZs to integration with Amazon Web Services.

Topic #3: "Far Horizon" Networking Ideas: This topic area covers ideas the network research community have been exploring that have just started appearing as areas for the R&E networks to address, from named data networking to virtual networks.

Tracks: Advanced NetworkingInformation SecurityTrust and IdentityApplications for ResearchWeb-Scale Computing

Information Security

The Security area focuses on both network and system security topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Major security incidents recently experienced by the community (including DDoS attacks, malware-related challenges, etc.)
  • Applied practitioner-level cryptography and cryptographic currencies (and their impact on campuses and users)
  • Security of cloud-based services
  • Network security at 10Gbps, 40Gbps, and higher speeds and security of advanced networking facilities
  • Scalable deployment of: a) multi-factor/multi-channel authentication (including lessons learned from large-scale deployments), b) accelerated commercial deployment of IPv6, c) DNSSEC deployment, and d) IPSec experiences
  • Routing, Layer 2 Ethernet, and Mobile device security
  • Security policy, risk and compliance, and IT governance, particularly online privacy and accessibility
  • Supporting the research community’s unique IT security needs
  • Disaster recovery/business continuity
  • Measuring success: security metrics and bench-marking
  • New and promising network security tools
  • Reports on security-related work by community members

Tracks: Advanced NetworkingInformation SecurityTrust and IdentityApplications for ResearchWeb-Scale Computing

Trust & Identity

The Trust and Identity track provides a venue to explore, discuss, and learn about topics of broad interest to members of the identity management community. Sessions, workshops, working groups, and other offerings will be of interest to identity architects, developers, implementers, service provider operators, and other identity management professionals with any level of experience. Once again this year, the track will include sessions proposed by community members, the unconference Advance CAMP (ACAMP), and a half-day dedicated to working groups. We invite your session proposals, focusing on Trust and Identity topics such as:

  • Campus identities - creating and managing digital identities
  • External identities - integration and use of federated and social identities
  • Federation - participation, practices, operations; InCommon and eduGAIN
  • Attribute release - default policies, research & scholarship tags, user consent
  • Service provisioning - both locally and to the cloud
  • Cloud services - identity integration for cloud services; contracting, privacy, etc.
  • Access and permissions - managing the lifecycle of access to resources
  • Group management - new issues in use and integration
  • TIER adoption - experience testing the TIER software packages
  • Multi-factor authentication - trends in use and integration
  • Other topics of interest in identity and access management

Tracks: Advanced NetworkingInformation Security • Trust and IdentityApplications for ResearchWeb-Scale Computing

Applications for Research

Topics of interest in this track include a variety of applications used to support domain sciences where research relies heavily on high-performance computing (HPC), networking, and/or trust & identity tools, including:

  • Cosmology
  • Climate and environment
  • Smart and connected communities
  • Cybersecurity
  • High-energy physics
  • Genomics
  • Other life sciences

The goals of Applications for Research track presentations are to:

  • Highlight advances in network research
  • Discuss applications of advanced network technologies in basic science research
  • Inform HPC, networking and Trust & Identity attendees about the challenges faced in specific areas of research
  • Explore possible collaborations [TBD]
  • Long term storage and preservation of research data
  • IoT-connected research issues in various technical disciplines

Tracks: Advanced NetworkingInformation Security • Trust and IdentityApplications for ResearchWeb-Scale Computing

Web-Scale Computing

Cloud computing is very quickly becoming just "computing." Applications are expected to serve an ever-growing base of consumers and computational resources are far more accessible than at any point in history. A web-scale computing mindset is reframing our approach to application design and provisioning. Applications are designed with an eye to user experience first, and, because of the flexibility of web-scale deployment capabilities, it is easier to deploy well-built, resilient applications more quickly. The three major topic areas of interest for this track include:

Topic #1: Campus Governance and Adoption

  • Campus scale solution design (linking multiple disparate accounts/environments)
  • Billing, credits, and charge-backs
  • Authentication, authorization, provisioning, and de-provisioning

Topic #2: Cloud Roadmap, Architecture, and Optimization

  • Moving workloads to the cloud: prioritizing migration
  • Architect workloads for the cloud
  • Linking campus to the cloud: networking and routing
  • Securing cloud workloads
  • Monitoring, reporting, and logging

Topic #3: Optimizing workloads for the cloud and cloud native applications

  • Server-less computing
  • Scaling workloads
  • Just-in-time provisioning of cloud resources, especially for research computing applications
  • Programming the cloud
  • IoT stream-processing and analysis

Call for Tutorials

To capitolize on valuable community expertise shared via tutorials and hands-on instruction, submissions for half- and full-day tutorials will be considered by the Program Committee. In particular, the committee is looking for offerings in these topic areas:

  • Research, which might include instruction on maximizing existing tools/equipment for increased HPC work flows, how to prepare better grant proposals, among other ideas
  • Advanced Networking, which might include a variety of introductory and/or hands-on training in perfSONAR, Science DMZ creation/operation, or peering and routing efforts, among other things
  • Information Security, which might include network security, security of research environments, secure coding, or other security-related topics
  • Trust & Identity, which might include introductory material to bring attendees up to speed on new developments to be discussed during the formal program sessions
  • Web-Scale Computing, which might include hands-on instruction for new and developing tools for use by campuses and projects where web-scale and cloud computing services are integral to process

The proposals should be complete as to proposed length (full- or half-day) and include a draft agenda, as well as supporting materials; evidence that this material has been successfully offered elsewhere will enhance the submission value. Number of instructors and (if relevant) maximum number of participants should be included within the proposal materials. All proposals will be reviewed by community experts and ranked against other submissions, both within the topic and across all topic areas. Those deemed of “high technical value/interest” will be alerted by mid-June. All tutorial sessions will be offered on Sunday, October 15, 2017, with full-day tutorials commencing after 8:30 am and half-day tutorials commencing after 1:00 pm.

Complimentary Registration: For 2017, a selection of tutorials -- identified as high-value by the Program Committee -- may be awarded either complimentary registrations for instructors, in recognition of their value to the community. (NOTE: Based on the length of the tutorial, attendees may be asked to pay a small fee to defray the administrative costs associated with these offerings.)


Call for Working Meetings

One of the many benefits of the 2017 Internet2 Technology Exchange is the opportunity to hold working meetings—working or advisory groups, birds-of-a-feather groups (BoFs), special interest groups (SIGS), etc.—in conjunction with other meeting activities. NOTE: A formal Call for Working Meetings will be issued in May -- at present ONLY Tutorials are being solicited!

Meetings relevant to topic areas will be given a level of preference conforming to the overall programmatic goals for the event. Internet2-sanctioned working and/or advisory groups will be given preference in scheduling. All other proposals will be accepted based on space availability and we will attempt to accommodate all requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Your flexibility with day/time selections and meeting duration will assist us in accommodating your request.


Call for Sponsors

2017 Internet2 Technology Exchange sponsorships offer your organization unmatched visibility and alignment with your most important constituencies. We expect this gathering to host over 800 information technology decision-makers and high-level influencers from the nation’s top universities, government and scientific research organizations. As a sponsor, your organization automatically earns a benefit package containing special privileges not available by any other means. No other vehicle can single out your organization so effectively before this important audience. Sponsorships are limited in number and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

See Technology Exchange Sponsorship for details. Please contact Taylor Kopocis, Internet2 Marketing and Communications Program Manager at tkopocis@internet2.edu or 804.822.1986 to reserve your sponsorship or plan your organization’s entire annual participation at all Internet2 events.