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July 2005 Internet2 Newsletter

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- Headlines -

Internet2 and National LambdaRail Pursue Consolidation Planning
Internet2 and NLR boards sign letters of intent to join the two organizations, which promises greater access to experimental networking facilities and cutting-edge Internet applications and services for more rapid development and adoption of advanced networking capabilities.
http://www.internet2.edu/resources/20050701-Internet2-NLR-Consolidation.pdf

The boards of Internet2 and National LambdaRail (NLR) have endorsed a recommendation to pursue consolidating the two organizations. The goal is to provide the research and education community in the United States with greater access to experimental networking facilities and cutting-edge Internet applications and services by retaining the best attributes of the NLR and Internet2 organizations. Joining the two organizations also promises to enable more rapid development and adoption of advanced, high-performance networking capabilities that extend well beyond those commercially available today.

The resolutions passed by the boards endorse the recommendations of reports recently completed by Group A and Group B, both of which were convened by the National LambdaRail Board and the Internet2 Network Planning and Policy Advisory Council, with the endorsement of the Internet2 Board. The reports from Group A and Group B, as well as the resolutions by the Internet2 and National LambdaRail boards, can be found on either the Internet2 or the National LambdaRail websites.

North Carolina Research & Education Network Extends Reach from Atlanta to Washington, DC
North Carolina universities leverage advanced networking facilities through FiberCo to enhance worldwide research collaboration.
https://mail.internet2.edu/wws/arc/i2-news/2005-06/msg00004.html

The North Carolina Research & Education Network (NCREN), a statewide network serving North Carolina universities, colleges and state government, announced in June 2005 that it has extended its network reach with the addition of a 775 route-miles of fiber connecting NCREN to Atlanta and Washington, DC. The purchase, part of the long-term, collaborative networking strategy among the University of North Carolina's 16 campuses, private universities, and MCNC, was the second made through FiberCo, a fiber holding company, providing national-scale pricing to support U.S. research and higher education through an agreement with Level 3 Communications, Inc. The extension will open the door to greater opportunities for collaboration and learning by providing faster, more direct access to a broader range of universities as well as to other leading research networks around the world.

GEANT2: Next-Generation of Pan-European Research and Education Effort Launched
Over 3 million users in 34 countries to benefit from advanced capabilities of this next generation network.
http://www.geant2.net

GEANT2 was officially launched on 14 June 2005 in Luxembourg. GEANT2 is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects 34 European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) with each other and with non-European research and education networks. Internet2 member institutions are already well connected to the current GEANT network and connectivity across the Atlantic between the Internet2 network infrastructure; the GEANT2 network is expected to be multiple 10 Gbps links.

The GEANT2 network infrastructure will feature a combination of switched and routed infrastructure and will use a mixture of dark fiber and leased circuits. A parallel testing network is being created alongside the production network to act as a proving ground for new advanced networking technologies. GEANT2 is coordinated by DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) the organization that plans, builds and operates pan-European networks for research and education. GEANT2 is co-funded by the European Commission, whose 93 million euro contribution represents 50% of the total funding. The remaining financing is provided by the NREN project partners, which are comprised of 32 European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), TERENA, and DANTE.

DANTE has been an Internet2 international MoU partner since 1999. Several European NRENs also are partnered with Internet2, including the earliest partners SURFnet and NORDUnet in 1998, followed by DFN, UKERNA, RENATER, GARR and TERENA in early 1999, and numerous others since then. Over 200 delegates from across the globe attended the GEANT2 launch event, including senior representatives of the European and global research networking community, politicians and decision-makers, representatives of the user community, and infrastructure and equipment suppliers.

Internet2 Conducts Member Assessment Survey
Survey will capture feedback from the executive liaisons at our member organizations about the services they value and provide valuable information as Internet2 looks ahead to serving the needs of the research and education networking community.

The Internet2 organization has engaged in a variety of information-gathering activities over the years to better understand the ideas, needs, and concerns of the diverse community it serves. These information-gathering activities, both quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews and conversations, have been focused on specific activities as well as specific constituencies. In July 2005, Internet2 is releasing a survey designed to capture feedback from the executive liaisons at our member organizations about the services they value. This is the most comprehensive survey that Internet2 has conducted and, as such, we are expecting it will yield very valuable information as we look ahead to serving the needs of the research and education networking community. According to Jill Arnold, Interim Executive Director Member and Partner Relations, "It is important to note that the environment in which we all work is highly dynamic, making data gathering activities like this simultaneously challenging and crucial." Arnold added, "The US advanced networking community is currently engaged in serious organizational and technical planning activities, input from this survey will be very helpful in helping us plan how we organize collectively to serve the community's needs."

Register Now for the Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting
Internet2 member community to gather in Philadelphia during fall meeting.
http://events.internet2.edu/2005/fall-mm/registrationintro.cfm

Registration for the Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting to be held in Philadelphia, PA from 19-22 September 2005 is now available. Hotel reservations at the Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza, the site of the Fall Member Meeting, can also be made on-line. Register and reserve your housing early, as room rates increase after 19 August and registration fees increase after 2 September.

Movaz Networks and Ciena Sponsorship Contributions
Movaz Networks and Ciena provide early sponsorship contributions in support of the Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting.
http://events.internet2.edu/2005/fall-mm/sponsors.html

Internet2 gratefully acknowledges the early sponsorship contributions provided by Movaz Networks, an Internet2 corporate sponsor, and Ciena, an Internet2 corporate member, in support of the Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting. Sponsors make possible a variety of exciting events during Member Meetings. Please review the call for sponsors for additional information about sponsorship opportunities at the Fall Member Meeting or contact Ellen Vaughan (evaughan@internet2.edu).

Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting: Call for Sponsors
Opportunities to provide critical support for the Welcome Reception and Gala Reception at the Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting.
http://events.internet2.edu/2005/fall-mm/calls.cfm

Internet2 is looking for member sponsors to provide critical contributions in support of events at the Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting. Sponsorship opportunities include the Welcome Reception at the hotel on Monday, 19 September and the Gala Reception at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Wednesday, 21 September. Sponsors will be acknowledged via signage at the event site, and recognized in the published meeting program and on the meeting web site. In addition, we welcome suggestions for other ways to acknowledge generous support. For more information, please contact Ellen Vaughan (evaughan@internet2.edu).

Deadline Extended for Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting Call for Participation
Internet2 members invited to present on innovative uses of advanced networks to the Internet2 community during fall meeting. Responses due July 8!
http://events.internet2.edu/2005/fall-mm/calls.cfm

The Call for Participation for the Fall 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting, scheduled for 19-22 September 2005 in Philadelphia, PA, is now open and available for your response. Starting with the fall 2005 meeting, Internet2 is initiating a comprehensive participation call for all scheduled activities at the Member Meeting. This includes the call for track session proposals, demos, side meetings, museum event, posters, and sponsors. Member Meetings afford the Internet2 community excellent opportunities to share innovations and ideas. Please consider participating in the Fall 2005 Member Meeting by submitting a proposal for a track session, demo, or poster--or by facilitating a side meeting. Details for each of the calls as well as the individual submission forms are all linked from the Call for Participation, which you will find at the URL above. Responses are due July 8.

Please contact meetings@internet2.edu if you have any questions.

- People -

Member Spotlight: Zouheir Mansourati
http://www.internet2.edu/pastspotlights.cfm

Zouheir Mansourati is the chief technology officer at Movaz Networks, an optical networking equipment supplier and an Internet2 corporate sponsor. Dr. Mansourati leads Movaz's work within the Internet2 community, and has served as a track session speaker at several Internet2 Member Meetings. His career in the telecom industry spans over 17 years. Prior to joining Movaz Networks, Dr. Mansourati managed and directed many strategic and innovative technology solutions at Nortel Networks, an Internet2 corporate partner, where his accomplishments included setting the product direction for 10 Gbps optical transmission and interworking between IP and transport. Dr. Mansourati was also involved in identifying new opportunities and formulating delivery strategy for new products at Nortel. Dr. Mansourati has authored numerous papers on optical networking and speaks regularly at leading conferences globally. Dr. Mansourati holds a BS, MS and Ph.D. in Mathematics.

- Member News -

Member Showcase: Movaz Networks
Movaz Networks, an optical networking equipment supplier and an Internet2 corporate sponsor, is providing Internet2 members with valuable opportunities to take advantage of the changes brought about by optical networking capabilities.
http://www.movaz.com

Movaz Networks, an optical networking equipment supplier and an Internet2 corporate sponsor, is providing Internet2 members with valuable opportunities to take advantage of the changes brought about by optical networking capabilities. Movaz is supporting the Dynamic Resource Allocation via GMPLS Optical Networks (DRAGON) Project, which involves several Internet2 members working to expand the technologies relating to the intelligent management of dynamic optical transport networks, which are key to realizing the maximum benefit of the current trend by the research and education community to own optical networking infrastructure. In addition, Movaz is working on advanced optical initiatives with several Internet2 members including Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Colorado, and PeachNet. Movaz is also engaged in the Michigan LambdaRail research network.

Juniper Networks, Nortel Networks, and Ciena Sponsor Joint Techs Workshop Events
http://jointtechs.es.net/Vancouver20051.htm

Juniper Networks, an Internet2 corporate partner, and Ciena, an Internet2 corporate member, will jointly sponsor the Summer 2005 Joint Techs Workshop Welcome Reception on Sunday, 17 July at the Hilton Hotel. Nortel Networks, an Internet2 corporate partner, will sponsor the luncheon on Tuesday, 19 July. Internet2 gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions and leadership provided by Juniper Networks, Nortel Networks, and Ciena.

Shibboleth to be Featured in Multi-Protocol Federated Identity Interoperability Demonstration
The Shibboleth project team has been invited to participate in the first multi-protocol federated identity interoperability demonstration to be hosted at the Catalyst Conference North America.
http://www.burtongroup.com/press/Releases/release.asp?releaseid=68

The Shibboleth project team has been invited to participate in the SAML Federated Identity Interoperability event accompanying the Burton Group's North American Catalyst conference, July 13-15 in San Diego. The demonstration will take place Wednesday, July 13 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego from 6:00-9:30pm. Scott Cantor, of The Ohio State University, will be testing the Shibboleth software against products offered by nine commercial vendors; Shibboleth is the only Open Source solution invited to participate. If you will be attending Catalyst, look for the suite housing the Interop event to see the Shibboleth demonstration.

Early Look at June CAMPs Proceedings
Presentations from the CAMPs held in June 2005 now online.
http://www.nmi-edit.org

Interaction and audience participation was high at two recent workshops: CAMP: Identity and Access Management Integration and the Advanced CAMP: Leveraging Campus Infrastructures to Support Virtual Organizations. The workshops were held in Denver, CO in June 2005. Presentation slide decks are still coming in, so regularly check one of the links above to review the proceedings of each workshop.

- Technology -

New Middleware - Directory Specifications Released
MACE has approved two sets of documents from the Internet2 MACE-Directories and MACE-CourseID Working Groups.
http://middleware.internet2.edu/dir/

MACE (Middleware Architecture Committee for Education) has approved two sets of documents from the Internet2 MACE-Directories and MACE-CourseID Working Groups. A growing number of institutions are recognizing the scalability win from introducing group/affiliation management into their information technology infrastructures. To support that trend, the MACE-Dir Working Group created specifications for expressing membership in groups in LDAP and in SAML assertions. These specifications are now final and considered appropriate for production environments. Information model, attribute syntax and semantics support for the Grouper software development effort was an explicit goal of these specifications. For more details, see: http://middleware.internet2.edu/dir/.

The MACE-CourseID project subgroup of the MACE-Dir Working Group has completed specifications for how to express relations between people and courses in LDAP directories. These specifications are considered ready for implementation in production environments. The specifications focus on specific offerings of a course. In traditional learning environments, this "course offering" corresponds to a specific course as taught in a particular academic term. In a number of scenarios, course offering information needs to be made available to a variety of applications and services across the enterprise IT environment. For more details see: http://middleware.internet2.edu/courseid.

NMI-EDIT tools - Shibboleth in the UK: PERSEUS
PERSEUS (Portal-Enabled Resources via Shibbolized End-User Security) is addressing the key challenge of Shibboleth-based access management to information resources via an institutional portal.
http://www.angel.ac.uk/PERSEUS/

PERSEUS (Portal-Enabled Resources via Shibbolized End-User Security) is building on the deliverables and experience gained in the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) AAA (Authenticaion, Authorisation and Accounting) Program--in particular the SECURe Project recently undertaken by the London School of Economics (LSE) and other work closely related to SECURe (funded by JISC and other sources). It is addressing the key challenge of Shibboleth-based access management to information resources via an institutional portal, using the uPortal Open Source portal toolkit. The project will deliver a generalized campus architecture for adoption by R&E institutions, supported by documentation at conceptual and technical levels, and reusable software components available as open source.

PERSEUS considers the key function for portal middleware to be authorization management to the hybrid collections of resources, for institutional learning, teaching, research and administration--resolving (with minimal human intervention) questions of 'who can access what.' In addition to testing the potential for integration of the PERMIS authorization management system with Shibboleth, the project proposes to evaluate alternative technologies for this function. In particular, PERSEUS is evaluating Signet, another key NMI-EDIT component.

The project started in July 2004 and will finish in June 2006.

- Tools -

Internet2 Detective Now Available as Java Applet
Internet2 Detective uses a web-based interface to present information about connectivity to an Internet2 backbone network.
http://detective.internet2.edu/

Many features of the Internet2 Detective are now accessible directly from web browsers. A new Java applet version of the Internet2 Detective allows you to test a computer's network connection for IPv6, multicast, as well as bandwidth available to the Internet2 backbone network without installing special software. The applet version is the result of a combined effort by staff and individuals from member institutions. Begun in 2001, development of the Internet2 Detective has benefited from the support of and feedback by the Internet2 community.

- Member Announcements -

Shibboleth Service Provider Installation Fest Sponsored by the University of Texas Systems Office
The University of Texas Systems Office sponsored a "Shibboleth Service Provider Installation Fest" in Austin.
https://idm.utsystem.edu/SPfest/toc.html

In June 2005, the University of Texas (UT) Systems Office sponsored a "Shibboleth Service Provider Installation Fest." Twenty-five people representing 12 of 16 UT institutions attended the event. Overall reaction from attendees was very positive. By the end of the event everyone had a working "application" running and "shibboleth-enabled." The institutions came to the event with a variety of goals: one was eager to Shibboleth-enable their WebCT, another their BlackBoard system. UT System Administration has identified two system-wide applications that are ideal candidates for Shibboleth. Workshop Contents can be found at the URL above.

Update on the Internet2 Digital Anatomy "Birds of a Feather" Group
http://health.internet2.edu/WorkingGroups/anatomyBOF.html

At a meeting of the Internet2 Digital Anatomy "Birds of a Feather" (BoF) group at the Spring 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting, BoF participants agreed to start interacting via videoconference and demonstrating anatomy applications to each other. The goal of this series of weekly interactions is to explore how people are using the Visible Human data. The first session will present uses of Stanford's Remote Stereo Viewer. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to join; please email to Margaret Krebs (mkrebs@stanford.edu), the Anatomy Testbed Manager at Stanford. If you have an anatomy application that you would like to demonstrate, and that runs over the Internet, please send email to both Margaret and Parvati Dev (parvati@stanford.edu). Dev, who is Director of SUMMIT at Stanford, is the Digital Anatomy BoF co-organizer.

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- Internet2 Calendar -

For a complete listing of Internet2 events see http://events.internet2.edu/