Internet2 Past Showcases

Internet2 would like to showcase our members' efforts on our website. We encourage Internet2 members to share advanced networking milestones, as well as interesting people, events, collaborations and efforts in the advanced networking community. Include a brief description (less than 100 words), all appropriate links and images, and contact information. If you have suggestions about projects or news that might be featured, please contact <>.

Showcase Image Internet2 has named Susannah Spellman Executive Director of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN). In her new role, Spellman will lead Internet2’s efforts to support the broadband needs of community anchor institutions from around the country. She will oversee the Internet2 K20 initiative and rural health care program, and explore new ways to leverage Internet2’s national research and education network for the benefit of public safety, public media and other public institutions. “Susannah’s experience with the nation’s government and business leaders in broadband service and community anchor institutions will greatly benefit U.S. UCAN,” said Internet2 Vice President John S. Morabito. “In collaboration with regional research and education networks across the country, her leadership will assist anchor institutions in serving their communities with telemedicine, distance learning, and other innovative applications.”
Showcase Image The Grouper team is pleased to announce the release of a series of free training videos. "These new Grouper training videos are designed to address the growing adoption of Grouper and the community's requests for increased training opportunities," explains Tom Barton, University of Chicago, and Chair of the Grouper project. Tom Barton is shown at left, along with Grouper team members Chris Hyzer, University of Pennsylvania, and Shilen Patel, Duke University.
Showcase Image Empowering people to be global education consumers. That's how community anchor institution innovator, Brady Kraft, Director of Technology at Idaho Education Network (IEN), describes what he does for a living. His primary driving force? Working to make sure everyone at the school, district and state levels has true equality of access. His vision for tomorrow's "native digital citizens"—even the rural ones? That they will be free to make education and career choices unbounded by bandwidth availability. IEN connects to the Internet2 Network via Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON).
Showcase Image The Internet2 staff and community are saddened to hear of the passing of our colleague from the University of Washington, R.L. “Bob” Morgan. We are grateful that Bob was able to attend the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting and be recognized for his many years of service to the community and friendship to many of us. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on in the work and relationships within the entire Internet2 community and beyond.
Showcase Image In June, the University of Michigan Department of Dance, with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, presented a live master class for dignitaries in China to celebrate a new 10Gbps link between Internet2 and the Chinese Research and Education Network (CERNET). The live performance over the research and education networks was hosted at the James and Anne Duderstadt Center on the Michigan campus with technical support from the Computer Aided Engineering Network and the Duderstadt Center Video Studio teams.
Showcase Image Internet2's Grouper Toolkit will be discussed at the Jasig Sakai Conference the week of June 11, 2012. Bill Thompson (Unicon, Inc) and Shilen Patel (Duke University) will present "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - An Introduction to Grouper." In addition, Erik Froese (Hallway Technologies) will talk on "Integrating Grouper and OAE." To learn more about Internet2's Grouper, and how it facilitates management of groups, roles, and permissions, see the Grouper website .
Showcase Image The Call for Participation for the Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting is now open! This includes calls for Proposals, Working Meetings, and Sponsors. The theme for the Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting will build upon concepts that were introduced at the spring meeting: “Community. Innovation. Transformation.”
Showcase Image The NSF's new Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program is an opportunity for U.S. research universities to use Internet2's advanced network and collaboration facilities for innovation. CDS&E recognizes the importance of data-enabled, data-intensive, data-centric science, and responds to the needs of scientific computation and the explosion in digital data production. The first proposal submission window for CDS&E is June 3 to July 3, with $5 million in available funding. Various NSF directorates and offices collaborate in the program and there are later windows with additional funding. Internet2 staff stand ready to assist you in preparing your proposal.
Showcase Image Senior higher education executives announced at the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting that they will use the nation's fastest, coast-to-coast network to implement new technologies that support scientific "big data" and cloud applications to drive innovation in global collaborative research. The intent is to strengthen the nation's position as a global leader in research and education for decades to come, and at the same time help control higher education costs. Arizona State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Cincinnati, Clemson University, Georgia Tech, Indiana University, The Ohio State University, and regional partners OARnet, I-Light and SOX will pilot innovations that support the "big data" needs of global researchers. The technologies bundled in the Internet2 Network create the first open, national-scale testbed of revolutionary software-defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow standards, combined with the abundant bandwidth of the world's first transcontinental network deployment of 100GE technology. These unique, disruptive technologies are key components of the Internet2 Innovation Platform. Read the Internet2 Innovation Platform FAQ (PDF) for more.
Showcase Image Internet2 and some of the nation's most prominent high-tech firms have announced partnerships that would expedite the delivery of cloud services to college campuses nationwide—as well as address research, big data and innovation challenges. Nearly 800 attendees heard the Internet2 NET+ Services announcements at the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting. See the press release for a complete listing and description of each new service offering.
Showcase Image The Global Network Reach focus area will highlight efforts that broaden networking capabilities with International Partner organizations in support of global science & research. Sessions include presentations from Internet2 partners in India and China, a panel on the future of global NRENs, and a presentation by Internet2 members on the Global Campus Initiative. At the International Updates and Strategies session on Sunday, attendees will learn about recent activities and strategies for aligning efforts in the international realm, and the Emerging NREN session will focus on intersecting interests from networking organizations around the world.
Showcase Image Learn more about the web portal project at the upcoming Member Meeting. In this blog post, the portal project's capabilities visualize Internet2 network traffic in a biomedical research “big data” case study and describe community collaboration that is working towards improving the ability to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. In-depth demonstrations of the portal’s current capabilities will occur during the Performance Working Group meeting on 4/23, at 11am in Salon B, and at the Internet2 Advanced Network Services session  on 4/25, 3:00pm in Salon J. Please send your ideas and priorities for new portal features to Jeff Boote.
Showcase Image Be sure to catch the Internet2 Community Video Services sessions that will provide details of the recent, exciting announcements regarding: Video Services as an included benefit of Internet2 membership; the launch of a new infrastructure investment that includes Cisco Telepresence exchange functionality; and the introduction of the Global Video Initiative, that will provide high quality video collaboration across institutional and international boundaries - in partnership with other National Research & Education Networks in Europe and South America.
Showcase Image Whether you need to catch up, gear up, reach orbit, or just take it to the next level, InCommon participants—both new and experienced—are invited to this fast-paced, information-filled workshop, April 26–27, in Arlington, Virginia. Sessions will cover a wide range of topics related to federated identity, certificates, assurance, and community collaborations. Two tracks are offered: "reaching orbit" and "after you've achieved orbit." Plus plenty of time for informative hallway conversation, of course. Keynote speakers include: Ian Glazer, research director on Gartner's IT Professionals Identity and Privacy Strategies team; Anil John, from the Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) program; and Ken Klingenstein, Senior Director, Middleware and Security at Internet2. The InCommon Confab immediately follows the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting, but registration and attendance are separate.
Showcase Image The agenda for the Summer 2012 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs is now posted! Hosted by Stanford University on July 15-19, 2012, the program for this summer’s edition features an entire day (July 17) focusing on Software Defined Networking (SDN). The remainder of the meeting brings together presentations on Integration of Services Across Multiple Networks and Convergence, Performance, Security, and IPv6.
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Internet2 staff mourn the passing of our colleague and friend, Karen Doemer. An Internet2 employee for 10 years, Karen was dedicated to our community and passionate about her work. We are saddened by the loss of of her bright smile, and will be heartened by the memories that remain.
Showcase Image The National Science Foundation's Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Network Infrastructure and Engineering (CC-NIE) program provides an opportunity for leading U.S. research universities to create a platform for innovation. The program focuses on campus-level network service improvements to support data transfer, and invests in network integration activities to improve performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. The NSF CC-­NIE program directly supports the early stages of building a new national innovation platform environment. The solicitation’s call for proposals that support data intensive science, upgrade campus networks, and upgrade campus connections to regional networks and backbone networks like Internet2 aligns well with the pillars of an innovation platform. Visit
for more details.
Showcase Image Internet2 has issued a call for 2012 Richard Rose Award Nominees. The annual award, established in 2009, recognizes individual efforts to extend advanced networking benefits to K-20 education community. The award will be presented at the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting in Arlington, Virginia to be held April 22-25, 2012. Nominations will be accepted until March 26, 2012. For more information, see Rose was the executive director of the University of Maryland Academic Telecommunications System and USM Office IT. Rose (1947–2007) played an early and influential leadership role in Internet2's K20 Initiative, whose mission is to close the digital divide by bringing together Internet2’s advanced network and research university members with innovators from the nation's colleges, primary and secondary schools, libraries, museums and other educational institutions. This partnership extends new technologies, applications and rich, interactive educational content to everyone—no matter where they're located.
Showcase Image At the recent ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs meeting, Internet2 kicked off a web portal initiative that will allow members to visualize how they are using Internet2 services. Community feedback is requested to assist Internet2 staff in creating the range of capabilities that best meet member needs. Visit the Joint Techs Portal Talk to view the archived netcast and download the presentation. Please communicate your ideas and priorities for portal requirements to Jeff Boote.
Showcase Image InCommon has announced two Shibboleth Workshops for 2012: April 12–13 in Columbia, Missouri, and July 16–17 in Baltimore, Maryland. The workshops are ideal for those wanting an in-person, self-paced experience. Participants leave with an installed instance of Shibboleth, as well as technical installation and configuration experience. Registration is now open for the Columbia, Missouri workshop.
Showcase Image Read our February 15 Internet2 NET+ Box Service update and listen to Shel Waggener, Associate Chancellor, IT and CIO, University of California Berkeley, and Dan Levin, Chief Operating Officer for Box, discuss the Box cloud service developed especially for the Internet2 community.
Showcase Image Register now for the 2012 Workshop on Performing Arts Production over Advanced Networks, hosted by Internet2 and New World Symphony, March 4–6, in sunny Miami Beach, FL. Explore in depth the elements needed to do everything from simple one-on-one interactions to large-scale stage productions and distance learning via advanced networks. The workshop is designed for an audience of educators, technologists, administrators, deans, CIOs and all interested parties are invited to attend.
Showcase Image Steve Wolff, Internet technology pioneer and Interim VP and CTO of Internet2, will present a talk at the 2012 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) on February 7. Steve will discuss how needs are quickly emerging for next-generation security applications to be deployed across next-generation networks—like Internet2’s new national 100 GigE network—and will highlight Internet2 research support programs that give researchers access to the most advanced network testbed available.
Showcase Image The Call for Participation for the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting is open! Submissions are being accepted for Session Proposals, Working Meetings, and Sponsors. The meeting theme is "The Internet2 Community: Building the Next Innovation Platform Together." The program will focus on how the Internet2 Community is reclaiming the leadership of ground-breaking innovations, brought about through the implementation of a 100G network, revolutionary new network technologies and opportunities for services that leverage this innovation platform.The proposal deadline is February 10.
Showcase Image Save the date for CANS 2012 in Seattle, Washington, USA, October 8-10, 2012! Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us for the 2012 Chinese American Networking Symposium in Seattle, Washington, USA, October 8-10, 2012. The CANS sponsoring organizations include Internet2, CAST-USA (Chinese Association for Science and Technology), CERNET (China Education and Research Network) and CSTNET (China Science and Technology Network).