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July 2006 Internet2 Newsletter

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- Headlines -

Internet2 and Level 3 to Deploy Next Generation Nationwide Research Network
The new Internet2 Network, a dynamic, innovative and cost-effective hybrid optical and packet network, will provide next-generation production services as well as a platform for the development of new networking ideas and techniques.

Internet2 has entered into a partnership with Level 3 Communications, a leading national telecommunications carrier, to provide the U.S. research and education community with a dynamic, innovative and cost-effective hybrid optical and packet network. An extension of the Internet2 cutting-edge tradition, the new network is designed to provide next-generation production services as well as a platform for the development of new networking ideas and techniques. Internet2 is committed to ensuring community involvement in the development, implementation, and operations of the new network.

The new Internet2 Network will be deployed nationally over 13,000 miles of dedicated fiber, providing complete community control of the optical layer and highly granular lightpath services that can be provisioned dynamically. It will provide short-term and long-term waves, as well as on-demand or advanced reservation "lightpath" scheduling. The IP network, corresponding to the current Abilene footprint, will be built on the optical network. A basic connectivity package for direct connectors is expected to include two 10 Gbps waves, one for IP and one for point-to-point optical services.

Optical (Layer 1) network characteristics:

  • Initial deployment - 10 x 10 Gbps wavelengths along network footprint
  • Maximum capacity - 80 x 10 Gbps wavelengths
  • Scalability - potential migration to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps capabilities
  • Flexibility - support for sub-wavelength (e.g., 1 GigE) dynamic provisioning across every wave on the network backbone.
The Level 3 carrier agreement provides reliability and unprecedented community control over the networking infrastructure, without taking on the risks of equipment sparing and obsolescence as well as the burden of substantial operational responsibilities. Level 3 will be responsible for meeting a Service Level Agreement (SLA). The buildout of the network will happen over several months, with a target completion in the fall of 2007. The transition to the new network will not disrupt existing connectivity and services.

Internet2 to Convene New Governance and Nominations Committee
Committee will take a fresh, forward-looking approach to Internet2's governance with input from the community.

At its meeting on 30 May, the Internet2 Board of Trustees passed a resolution creating a Governance and Nominations Committee of the Board. The committee was formed in response to community input that has encouraged revisions to the governance of Internet2. As an initial task, it is charged to assess the current Internet2 governance structure and processes and recommend modifications to the board. On an ongoing basis, this committee will oversee the annual nominations process for the board and councils, as well as make further adjustments to the governance structure as needed from time to time.

Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas El Paso and committee chair, released a call for nominations to serve on this new committee. The intention is to convene a group that is broadly and deeply experienced in governance in the higher education, non-profit, national networking and/or research enterprises; is knowledgeable about the evolution in governance of higher education's advanced networking efforts over the past 10-15 years; represents network and disciplinary research experience as well as administrative experience; and includes those who will be well-known to the community as well as those who bring new perspectives.

The committee will be comprised of 10-12 members, including five board members (the chairs of the four existing advisory councils in addition to committee chair Natalicio). Committee members will be appointed initially for a one-year term, with the option to renew for an additional two years. The committee will begin its work in mid-August and report back to the board no later than 15 November 2006. The new governance structure will be announced at the Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting in Chicago on 4-7 December, and the call for nominations to fill seats on the board and councils will begin at that time.

The new Governance and Nominations Committee is expected to take a fresh, forward-looking approach to Internet2's governance, with input from the community gathered this summer. Members are encouraged to contribute ideas regarding the evolution of Internet2's governance on the Governance and Nominations Wiki. Input can also be sent privately to

Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting Call for Participation
This Call for Participation includes a Call for Track Session Proposals, a Call for Demos, a Call for Side Meetings and a Call for Posters for the 4-7 December meeting in Chicago.

The Call for Participation for the Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting, scheduled for 4-7 December in Chicago, Illinois is now available for your response. This Call for Participation includes a Call for Track Session Proposals, a Call for Demos, a Call for Side Meetings and a Call for Posters. Details for each of the calls, as well as the individual submission forms, are all linked from the Call for Participation at the above URL.

In 1996, the higher education research and education community came together around the idea of transforming advanced networking in this country. The Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting will recognize this ten year community achievement while looking forward to the exciting future of advanced research and education networks. The program in Chicago will offer sessions that highlight innovative uses of advanced networking and technical sessions on the development and evolution of high-performance network infrastructures, especially the recently announced new Internet2 Network. The program will include presentations that incorporate technology demonstrations, promote collaborations and offer best practices across the following tracks: Advancing Applications: What's working? What's not? What's needed?, Middleware, Networking Planning and Engineering, Security for Advanced Networks, Teaching and Learning/K20, and What's Next for the Net?.

Complete explanations and examples of related topics are provided in the Call for Proposals web page. Track session proposals and demo submissions are due 31 August. Please see the Call for Participation page for Poster and Side Meeting submission deadlines.

Internet2 Hosts Community Design Workshop
Meeting provided detail about plans for the new network and obtained community feedback.

More than 120 participants gathered at the Internet2 Community Design Workshop held on 15-16 June 2006 in Indianapolis to discuss the new Internet2 Network. The primary goals of the meeting were to provide greater detail about plans for the new network and to obtain feedback from the community about the proposed details, including locations of the optical nodes where community members would connect. Participants included representatives of U.S. regional networks that will connect institutions to the nationwide infrastructure and representatives from individual institutions, including researchers from academic disciplines that are expected to make early use of the advanced capabilities of the new Internet2 Network. Areas of discussion included the hybrid IP and dedicated wave system that uses Level 3 Communications’ optical fiber platform and community control of provisioning, measurement, and research support at Layer 1 using optical equipment and fiber dedicated to Internet2; options for providing services; and how the network may be used. Presentations and a summary report from the workshop have been posted online.

Discussion List for NREN Engineers
New list enables network engineers around the world to share thoughts, experiences and seek assistance with global routing issues.

From various presentations and discussions at Internet2's Spring Member Meeting, the idea emerged to create a discussion list for network engineers around the world to share thoughts, experiences and seek assistance with global routing issues. The new list, RENOG, the Research and Education Network Operators Group, was endorsed by the Coordinating Committee for Intercontinental Research Networking (CCIRN)and engages peers from many Internet2 partners including TENET (South Africa) and APAN (Asia Pacific), and a number of individuals from Internet2's community, including Indiana University's Chris Robb and Jim Williams, who participated to form RENOG's charter and discussion list. Engineers interested in global routing issues are encouraged to join and contribute to the list at the above URL.

- People -

Member Spotlight: Paul Schopis

Paul Schopis is Associate Director and Director of Network Engineering and Operations for OARnet. Paul led the design team for the Third Frontier Network. TFN is one of the nation's leading Regional Optical Networks. OARnet/TFN uses a unique architecture that incorporates MPLS and Logical Routers. Paul was involved in all phases of fiber procurement, fiber testing, design of the optical plane and all Layer 2 and Layer 3 services. Paul has worked on several Internet2 projects, including Multi Protocol Label Switching, and Simple Network Management Protocol, and currently participates in the Abilene Planning Committee, Abilene Technical Advisory Committee, HOPI Design Team, and IPv6 Working Group. Paul is also a member of the Quilt Steering Committee and plays an active roll in several committees, such the Commodity Internet Service Committee and the Alien Waves group. At Internet2's recent Community Design Workshop, Paul volunteered to convene a group to propose a new advisory structure that will provide guidance as planning for the new Internet2 Network proceeds. Members of the Internet2 community who want to participate in structuring the new advisory and working groups can email Paul at

- Events -

Joint Techs set for 16-19 July in Madison, Wisconsin

The Summer 2006 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop will take place 16-19 July in Madison, Wisconsin. The workshop will have three main areas of focus: Optical Networks, Security, and R&E Networks as a System. In the latter area we will be looking at how we can best serve the research and education community, given all the various networks involved. There will also be updates from participating networks, including the Abilene Network, HOPI, and the new Internet2 Network, as well as case studies, demonstrations, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions, and presentations on timely topics in high-performance networking. Joint Techs Workshops provide an unsurpassed information-sharing forum for the research and education network engineering community. For those who can't attend in person, you can view a netcast of Joint Techs sessions.

Registration Now Open for the Immersive Medical Telepresence Workshop

As the health sciences continue to become more specialized and educational resources become more difficult to locate, advanced networking that allows secure, reliable access to expertise and high quality resources is critical. The Immersive Medical Telepresence Workshop, 6-7 September in Phoenix, Arizona, will focus on the ability of the health sciences to effectively use and manipulate image and video resources irrespective of their location. The workshop will showcase many emerging technologies relevant to the medical field, and will explore ways in which technology enables virtual organizations and collaborations with and among students, professors, researchers, and clinicians. Most importantly, it will provide an opportunity for those in the medical community to learn alongside experts in the area of video technologies and large capacity networking about the challenges ahead and to begin a discussion about how those challenges can be met. For registration, lodging information and a preliminary agenda, see the above URL.

Help is at Hand for Nagging Performance Problems: Bring Them to the Wizards!

Once again, Internet2 is hosting a session called Network Wizard Office Hours at the upcoming Joint Techs Workshop, in Madison, Wisconsin. On 17 July, several of the best performance problem-solvers will be gathered in a room to focus their attention on problems submitted by members. To get your problem addressed, send a brief description of the problem to and line up some technical support on your campus. The Wizards will offer a series of suggestions for your technical support to test; having someone to implement the suggestions in real-time will aid the problem-solving team in getting to the root cause of the problems during this session. If you have a tricky problem, let us know: we're here to help!

June CAMP Shibboleth Focused on Deployment Stages

Shibboleth: Enabling Campus and Federated Single SignOn held in Burlington, Vermont last month was a great success. Attended by over 160 participants from national and international higher-education institutions and partners, the program focused on the three stages of implementing the Shibboleth system as a campus web single sign-on system, an attribute delivery methodology, and an inter-institutional federating technology. Initial feedback on the sessions indicated that attendees came away with a clear picture about how and why to deploy the software on their campuses and an increased interest in participating in the InCommon Federation. CAMP is sponsored by the NMI-EDIT Consortium of Internet2 and EDUCAUSE, the development lead and outreach lead respectively. For more information on the conference, visit the above URL.

Internet2 Collaborates with International Peers on Network Technology Development and Deployment

On 11-12 July, technical representatives from ESNet and Internet2 met in Ottawa, Ontario with European and Canadian peers to coordinate network technology development and deployment efforts. Discussion topics at the ESNET/GÉANT/CANARIE/Internet2 Joint Technical Coordination Meeting included deployment of next generation hybrid services between the participant networks, coordinated development of control plane technologies to provision such services, the review of joint development work underway in the area of performance monitoring and measurement tools and infrastructure, network operations security coordination and the development of federated identity, authentication and authorization infrastructures to support many of these advanced network services. Notes from the meeting will be posted online at the above URL.

International Events in July Focus on Federations

Two Federation-focused events are happening in July, one in the UK and one in Australia. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is holding an Access Management Showcase on 18 July in London to showcase both national and international development work. Chad La Joie from Georgetown University will be participating in the Showcase. More information is available online. Additionally, Meta Access Management Systems (MAMS) is sponsoring a Federation Workshop 27-28 July at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. More information is available online.

- Member News -

2006 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration

The Program in Research in Information Technology of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites nominations for the 2006 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration (MATC). In support of the Program's mission to encourage collaborative, open source software development within traditional Mellon constituencies, these awards--­to be given for the first time in 2006--­will recognize not-for-profit organizations that are making substantial contributions of their own resources toward the development of open source software and the fostering of collaborative communities to sustain open source development.
Awards will be given at two levels: $25,000 awards to recognize important organizational contributions to open source projects which currently or potentially provide significant benefits to at least one traditional Mellon constituency; and $100,000 awards to recognize highly significant contributions to open source projects offering larger benefits to more or larger constituencies.

Recipients will be recognized on the Mellon Foundation web site, in a press release, and in a public ceremony at the Fall meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information, in Washington, DC on 4-5 December, 2006. For information regarding eligibility and award criteria or to submit a nomination, please refer to the above URL.

Security Advisory for Shibboleth Service Provider

Updated versions of the Shibboleth 1.3 Service Provider software are now available. This update corrects a security issue. This is a major security issue and deployers are urged to review the information about the vulnerability of the Shibboleth Service Provider software to header spoofing. All versions of Shibboleth are vulnerable to this issue (version 1.2 and later). Please read the information on the Shibboleth website and upgrade your installations as soon as possible. Critical applications that may be vulnerable should be taken offline until the upgrade is performed. A source patch may be made available for earlier versions. The full text of this Security Advisory is available online.

- Sponsorship Opportunities -

Summer 2006 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop Sponsors

The Summer 2006 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Workshop will be held in Madison, Wisconsin 16-19 July. Internet2 gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Infinera for sponsoring the Welcome Reception, and Juniper and Ciena for sponsoring lunches at the meeting. Event sponsors play a critically important role in the success of Internet2 meetings and workshops. For information about future event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ellen Vaughan.

Call for Sponsors: Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting

We are seeking sponsors for our Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting, 4-7 December in Chicago, Illinois. Member meetings provide an opportunity for face-to-face dialogue among members of the Internet2 community--last spring more than 700 attended our meeting in Arlington, Virginia.

On Sunday, 3 December, a pre-meeting reception will held at the meeting hotel conjunction with the International Task Force meeting. The event provides a great opportunity for interacting with executive liaisons and representatives from over 40 organizations around the world. Many of those attending the reception are engaged in leading cutting edge projects, including optical networking efforts. On Monday 4 December, a Meeting Welcome Reception will be held at the hotel for all meeting attendees and on Wednesday, 6 December, a Gala Reception will be held at the at the Shedd Aquarium. In addition to reception events we seek support for meeting lunch and refreshment breaks on 5, 6 December.

Sponsors will be acknowledged via signage at the event site, recognized in the published meeting program and on the meeting website. In addition we are open to suggestions regarding other ways in which we can acknowledge generous support. For further information contact Ellen Vaughan.

- Member Announcements -

Virginia Commonwealth University leads Virtual Symposium on Science and Technology Education

Dr. Adam Niculescu, Associate Professor of Physics and Dr. Gary Sarkozi, Director of Technology School of Education at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. led a symposium on world trends in science and technology education. The 1-4 June event engaged individuals via videoconferencing from VCU, the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima, Peru. Real-time audio and video communications were enabled by connectivity between Internet2's Abilene Network, DANTE's trans-European GÉANT2 network and Mediterranean EUMEDCONNECT project, CLARA's pan-Latin American redCLARA network, and Red Académica Peruana/RAAP in Peru.

Economic Development SIG Forming

An Internet2 University President recently stated that the mission of the research universities was more than teaching, research, and public service. Its mission now included innovation, job creation, and economic development. All aspects of this mission are supported by Internet2. Toward that end and in support of promoting the use of the network for the purpose of economic development, there is significant community interest in forming an exploratory SIG on this topic. The SIG will initially be led by Tony Conto from the MAX and will meet for the first time (via conference call/videoconference) before the end of July. If you are interested in participating in this important and timely discussion, please contact Karen Doemer.



- Internet2 Calendar -

For a complete listing of Internet2 events see