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April 2006 Internet2 Newsletter

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- Headlines -

Internet2 Survey Finds Over 46,000 K20 Institutions Connected to its Advanced Network
K20 access to advanced networking more than quadruples in four years.

More than 46,000 K-12 schools, community colleges, libraries, and museums in 35 U.S. states are now connected to the Internet2 backbone network according to the results of a bi-annual survey, released recently. The survey highlights the success of the nationwide Internet2 K20 Initiative in bringing together Internet2 member institutions and innovators from primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, and museums to extend new technologies, applications, and advanced content to all educational sectors across the country.

Shibboleth One of Ten Emerging Technologies to Watch
MIT's Technology Review discusses Shibboleth's place within higher education and research.,332,p1.html

An article in the March issue of MIT's Technology Review magazine, titled "Ten Emerging Technologies," profiles the Internet2-sponsored Shibboleth project. The article describes Shibboleth, and profiles the role of Scott Cantor (from The Ohio State University and the Shibboleth core team) in helping to create consensus among a variety of standards working in the web Single SignOn space. The article specifically identifies the federated Shibboleth model, with its emphasis on guarding users' privacy, as a significant advance in Internet-based authentication. The article also highlights the accelerating worldwide adoption of Shibboleth within the higher education and research community as well as the commercial sphere.

Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting Only 3 Weeks Away
Join your colleagues in the Internet2 community for an excellent program.

Register now for the Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting in Arlington, Virginia, 24-26 April. Among the meeting's program highlights will be the announcement of the IDEA Award winners. The IDEA Awards recognize innovative advanced network applications that have had a positive impact within the research and education community. Additionally, Internet2 is pleased to announce a general session presentation by Dan Atkins, head of NSF's newly created Office of Cyberinfrastructure. Atkins will present on Wednesday, 26 April at 10:30 a.m.

Alaska State Education Network Connects to Internet2's Advanced Network
AK20 will be 35th state education network to connect to nationwide high performance network.

Representatives from Internet2 and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) announced on 23 March 2006 that Alaska's statewide education network, AK20, will become the 35th state education network to connect directly to Internet2's nationwide high performance network. Leveraging this connection, AK20 will participate in the Internet2 K20 Initiative which will give Alaska's students access to cutting-edge, Internet-based educational opportunities not available today on the commercial Internet. The announcement was made during a special ceremony held at UAF's Internet2 Day. Participants included, Douglas Van Houweling, Internet2's president and CEO; Louis Fox, Internet2's director of the K20 Initiative; Steve Smith, UAF's CIO; and Scott Christian, executive director of the Alaska Distance Education Consortium.

Milestone connectivity to South Africa
New connection with TENET marks first sub-Saharan Abilene connection.

On 22 March 2006 the South African Tertiary Education Network (TENET) started peering and exchanging traffic with Internet2's Abilene Network. The connection is through the MAN LAN international exchange point located in New York City via a 1 GigE connection, enabling connectivity between Internet2 member institutions and South African institutions for research and higher learning. TENET has been an Internet2 International Partner since September 2005.

Merger Update at Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting
Update to membership on Board deliberations regarding Internet2 and National LambdaRail merger planned for 25 April general session.

During 2005, and throughout the first quarter of 2006, the leadership and boards of National LambdaRail (NLR) and Internet2 continued working together towards forming a new organization that will serve the long-term interests of our mutual community. On April 25--at the Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting in Arlington, Virginia--Larry Faulkner, Internet2 Board of Trustees chair and Doug Van Houweling, Internet2 president and CEO, will provide an update on deliberations by the Board of Trustees regarding the merger with NLR. In addition, Doug will present the details of planning and next steps for the next generation of network capabilities that will serve the Internet2 community. (Doug's session will be netcast live at 10:30 a.m. EDT.) Email questions to regarding the merger are encouraged.

One-Way Active Measurement Protocol on Track to Become IETF Standard
Specification document clears last hurdle before becoming an Internet standard.

Recently, the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), a subgroup of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), approved the publication of OWAMP as a standards-track RFC. After months of work, the developers of the One-Way Active Measurement Protocol (Stanislav Shalunov, Matt Zekauskas, Jeff Boote, Ben Teitelbaum, and Anatoly Karp) have seen the document clear the last hurdle before becoming an Internet standard. Any implementers who wish to use the form of the specification that will be codified as a standard should base their work on this last version of the submission.

- People -

Member Spotlight: Wendy Huntoon

Wendy Huntoon is the director of networking for the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. At PSC she oversees the operation of the Three Rivers Optical Exchange--a high-performance network hub--and directs research on network performance and analysis. Wendy is also director of operations for National LambdaRail and serves on the NLR board. In the past she has served as director of The Quilt, a coalition of advanced regional network organizations. Last year, Wendy chaired "Group A," which produced a report that laid out a framework for the capabilities required of the next generation of advanced networking infrastructure to meet the emerging demands of research and education.

- Events -

Don't Forget to Make Your Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting Hotel Reservation

The Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting room block is sold out at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. There are still several rooms available at their prevailing rates, or you may consider other nearby hotel options: When making your travel arrangements, please note keep in mind that the meeting runs through 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26.

Register Now for Identity Management Tutorial for State Higher Education Systems

If you are interested in learning what approaches are being used to deploy identity management across higher-education state systems, or want to learn more about the developing repository of common practices, consider attending the "NMI-EDIT Tutorial State Higher Education Systems: Identity Management Deployment Issues" tutorial. This interactive discussion with your peers takes place prior to the Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting on Monday, 24 April. This free tutorial, sponsored by the Internet2 and EDUCAUSE NMI-EDIT Consortium, is open to all schools, not just Internet2 members. Learn how these approaches and tools can facilitate your state system's deployment. To register, visit the above URL.

Don't Miss the Federation and Security at the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Professionals Conference

Attendees to the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Professionals Conference in Denver 10-12 April should be sure to attend the preconference session "Improving Security with Identity Management: Whoa Nelly!" This seminar, presented by Mark Bruhn, associate VP for telecommunications and chief IT security and policy officer at Indiana University, and Michael Gettes, senior technology architect and strategist at Duke University, will present the basics of identity and privilege management and its critical role in campus security plans and infrastructure. Additionally, Ken Klingenstein will speak during a track session entitled "Federated Identity Management: Addressing the Risky Business," and discuss how federations can be used as a basis for real-time security exchange. Both sessions are sponsored by the NMI-EDIT Consortium of Internet2 and EDUCAUSE. For more information on the meeting program, visit the above URL.

Network Performance Workshops Take Place in Charlottesville and Manhattan

On the heels of the successful Network Performance Workshop hosted by Merit, Internet2 is scheduled to offer two more workshops in April: the first, for NYSERNet schools, is hosted by Columbia University on 6-7 April, and the second, for campuses in Virginia, will be offered in Charlottesville on 27-28 April. Information about these workshops can be found at the above URL.

Megaconference Jr: Calling All Libraries, Museums, Science Centers, and Aquariums!

Megaconference Jr., a daylong virtual event, provides students in elementary and secondary schools around the world the opportunity to communicate, collaborate, and contribute to shared learning in real time using advanced multi-point videoconferencing technology. The 3rd annual Megaconference Jr. takes place on 18 May 2006 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. (EDT, UTC-4). Presenters and audience members include students, teachers, technologists and content providers from elementary, middle and secondary schools and universities in the U.S. and around the globe. This year organizers are asking the public non-profit and cultural community to get involved and help host students, parents, and the community. The schedule of events is already posted for Megaconference Jr. 2006. Please get involved and make this year's event even better than ever! All libraries, museums, science centers and aquariums that register as host sites for the full 12 hour day will get their organization name and logo listed on a special page on the Megaconference Jr. website. The deadline for registration is 28 April 2006. For more information about Megaconference Jr., or to find the link for registration, refer to the URL above. If you have additional questions, please contact:

Dell Founder to Appear via Videoconference at the University of Pittsburgh and 17 Other CIBER Institutions

The International Business Center in the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business has organized a real-time, multi-point videoconference with Michael S. Dell, founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of Dell computers. Dell will address Master of Business Administration students on 12 April at 1 p.m. Seventeen other institutions with Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) will be able to take part in the conference through Internet2's advanced high performance network which connects all of the participant Internet2 member universities. The Internet2 Commons H.323 Videoconferencing Service will provide the technology for this multi-site event.

Learn More About Identity Management at the EDUCAUSE Western Regional Conference

Want to learn more about introductory identity management topics? Consider attending the EDUCAUSE Western Regional Conference, 24-26 April, in San Francisco. One featured preconference seminar, "Identity Management for the Rest of Us: How to Grow a New Infrastructure," will present identity management common practices and approaches and discuss how to tailor them for specific deployments. Topics include an identity management model; tools to communicate value to stakeholders outside IT; planning tools to determine next steps; and attendees will receive a CD of open source tools, practices, and guidance. Also included will be the track session "The Business of Identity Management" presented by Karl Heins, director of information technology audit services, University of California Office of the President. Both sessions are sponsored by the NMI-EDIT Consortium of Internet2 and EDUCAUSE. For more information on the conference or to register for the preconference seminar, visit the above URL.

- Member News -

Sun Center of Excellence in Scholarly Information Architecture

On 7 March 2006, Georgetown University and Sun Microsystems announced a partnership to form the Sun Center of Excellence in Scholarly Information Architecture. The partnership will leverage Georgetown's organizational expertise to provide innovative ways of using and integrating existing and emerging technologies. As part of the project, Georgetown plans to work on improving the Shibboleth support for BlackBoard 6 and 7, support a campus-wide deployment of LionShare (which uses Shibboleth), and work on the Shibboleth-enabled DSpace and Fedora repositories.

Got a Problem That You Just Can't Fix? Ask Mr. Wizard!

At the Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting, the new Network Wizard Office Hours session on 25 April offers attendees an opportunity to address end-to-end problems they haven't been able to resolve. Attendees are encouraged to bring long-standing problems to the group; Internet2 provides several "expert" network engineers for consultation. Ideally, problems are submitted in advance and have the submitter's campus IT support staff available to test solutions offered by the network experts in real time. Information on submitting a problem for "wizard" assistance is available at the above URL.

Internet2 Security Workshop Report Published

A number of studies have identified the inability of classic networking approaches to respond adequately to a rapidly changing security environment. Internet2 held a small workshop addressing this topic 25-26 October 2005 in Chicago. This was not a workshop on technologies, rather it was focused on architectures. It began with disruptive thoughts, considering a redesign of internetworking that is not constrained by current approaches. From that future vision, the discussion moved towards evolutionary steps that can shift our approach. The final report has been published, available on the Reconnections workshop website at the above URL.

Internet2 Clearinghouse for E-Newsletters

Internet2 now offers a newsletter clearinghouse service for our members. If you are from an Internet2 member institution, and you produce an e-newsletter that includes information about advanced networking activities at your organization, you are invited to submit your publication to the clearinghouse list. To distribute your organization's e-newsletter to this moderated list, please send it to Individuals may subscribe to Internet2's newsletter clearinghouse by going to Internet2's mailing list service.

Shibboleth Website Redesign

The Shibboleth website has been revamped, with the goal of making it easier to navigate. As Shibboleth deployments have spread worldwide, and interest in Shibboleth has grown accordingly, the website has seen a corresponding increase in visitors. See the new site at the above URL.

- Sponsorship Opportunities -

Juniper Networks, RADVISION, Ciena, and VSNL are Spring 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting Sponsors

Internet2 would like to acknowledge Juniper Networks for their generous contribution to the Spring 2006 Member Meeting Welcome Reception, RADVISION and Ciena for general meeting support, and incoming new member VSNL for their sponsorship of the International Reception. Opportunities are still available for sponsorship of several events and activities during the meeting, 24-26 April 2006 in Arlington, Virginia. Sponsorship opportunities include meeting breaks and meals; contributions to the meeting network infrastructure are also welcome. Sponsors are recognized in the printed meeting program, on the meeting web site, in Internet2 newsletters, via signage at the event site, and in other appropriate ways. For additional information, please see the URL above or contact Ellen Vaughan.

- Tools -

OWAMP 2.0a is Now Available

One-way Ping, or OWAMP, is a command line client application and a policy daemon used to determine one way latencies between hosts. OWAMP 2.0a makes use of a new control port (TCP/4824). Improvements include increased stability, data validation, system ports, and statistics, among others. For more information about the release or to download OWAMP 2.0a, see the above URL.

Signet Version 1.0 Released

The Internet2 Signet team is pleased to announce the availability of release version 1.0 of Signet. This is the first production-level release of the Signet software. The latest Signet version (currently 1.0.1) is available for download from the Signet website. This release supports all the core functionality to define privileges, which can be assigned through a flexible delegation model. Privilege definers can specify qualifiers to those privileges and conditions under which privileges apply, allowing a high degree of precision and control over time. The product offers basic customization options and can be extended to support institution-specific data and integration requirements. There are two packages: a regular installation of the web-based User Interface (UI) and utilities, and a Quickstart package designed to get a demonstrable implementation up quickly. The toolkit-API is the focus of an upcoming release. Information and software are available at the above URL.



- Internet2 Calendar -

For a complete listing of Internet2 events see