Internet2 News Briefs

October 8, 1999 --from Edupage
AS NET TURNS 30, THE SEQUEL IS STILL IN PREVIEWS The Internet2 project has become controversial with critics saying the network is not fulfilling its potential, and backers pointing to the network's role in developing futuristic applications. The project, which began in 1996 as a high-speed private network to connect universities, now has 163 member institutions and 20 corporate partners. Supporters say Internet2 provides an environment that fosters experimentation in areas such as advanced videoconferencing, virtual reality, and telemedicine. Technological progress that stems from Internet2 research will quickly be made available on the public Internet so that it will benefit everyone, proponents say. An example of a futuristic application being created on Internet2 is tele-immersion, a sophisticated type of virtual reality that allows users in separate locations to interact in a common, simulated environment in real time. While tele-immersion makes full use of Internet2's capabilities, critics say most second-generation Internet applications do not begin to utilize the network's capacity. (New York Times 10/07/99)

September 20, 1999 --from Edupage
RESEARCHERS SEND HDTV OVER NEXT-GENERATION INTERNET Researchers at Stanford University and the University of Washington on Sept. 15 announced that they were able to send high-definition TV (HDTV) signals across the Internet2 network. Used by companies and universities for sophisticated research projects, Internet2 offers data transfer rates 85,000 times faster than current dial-up modem rates. IBM, Microsoft, Nortel, 3Com, and AT&T are among those working on Internet2 development. Rich Wall, IBM's project manager for advanced Internet technologies, says that IBM sees Internet2 as a potential medium for delivering bundled entertainment and electronic commerce services. (C|Net 09/15/99)

July 29, 1999

For more information, and to fill out the questionnaire, please see

The selected applications are meant to demonstrate the existing and potential uses of an advanced Internet and to highlight relevant human and organizational dimensions of communications.
Specifically, this I2 ST Summit is especially appropriate venue for applications that demonstrate the importance of understanding audiences and users, of addressing human bandwidth limitations, of enabling collaboration, of understanding the dynamics of knowledge diffusion and its implications for organizations, and of addressing the social context in which an advanced Internet will be used. In addition to the Summit attendees, demonstrations will also be viewed by technology, business and academic leaders from the region at a VIP recepetion Tuesday evening, September 14th.

Sunday 12 September:
Setup from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday 13 September:
Setup from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Demos and reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 14 September:
Demos from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
VIP reception and demos from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday 15 September:
Demos from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Cleanup from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Melyssa Fratkin,
Internet2, 800-786-5918

23 July 1999
Fall 1999 Members meeting
We're pleased to invite our members to participate in the Fall 1999 Internet2 Members Meeting, which will be held in Seattle, Washington, at the Sheraton Seattle & Towers October 10-13, 1999. This meeting has a project focus, and will include meetings of many of the Internet2 Working Groups and projects. Many of the sessions will be Webcast live for those who cannot attend in person, and the Webcasts will also be available after the meeting from this Internet2 Web site.
The meeting will provide briefings, tutorials, and workshops on the progress of our working groups and project initiatives. See for a complete agenda.
Advanced networking applications will be demonstrated during the meeting, including a special arts performance event. These demonstrations will be held October 12 and 13 at Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus. See for more information about these demonstrations. Bus service will be provided for meeting participants to see the demonstrations and the performance event, followed by a reception at the University, on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, October 12.
In addition, the members meeting will be followed by a technical symposium called NetStore'99, which will address issues relating to the use of storage technologies in delivering advanced network services. See for more information. Registration for the symposium will be separate - details will be announced later.

All Internet2 member executive liaisons, engineering and applications leads, and working group or project members are invited to attend this meeting on a complimentary basis; a modest registration to partially cover expenses is in effect for additional attendees. For more information on membership, please see our Membership FAQ at URL to Membership FAQ or contact Melyssa Fratkin,
More information is available at the web site, and below.

Meetings will be held at the Sheraton Seattle and demonstrations will be held on the campus of the University of Washington. A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton. NOTE: Please make your reservations early; the block closes September 3.
Please contact the Sheraton directly to make sleeping room reservations; the room block is reserved under the block name of Internet2.
Sheraton Seattle & Towers
1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 621-9000
Group rates: $170/single; $190/double; add'l person $20
The closest airport is Seattle-Tacoma. Taxi service into the city is approximately $26. Gray Line and Greyhound both operate buses from the airport to downtown Seattle for under $10. More information on transportation is available at QuickAid.
Directions to the Sheraton
From Sea-Tac airport: Follow signs to Interstate 5. Take I-5 north for approximately 10 miles to exit 165 (Seneca Street). Turn right onto Sixth Avenue; the Sheraton will be on your right. Valet parking is available, or you may self-park your car in the garage under the hotel.

Sunday, October 10, 1999
12 noon - 5 pm Registration open
12 noon - 5 pm Councils meetings

Monday, October 11, 1999
7 am - 5 pm Registration open
8 am - 3:30 pm Working group and project meetings
4 pm - 5:30 pm Opening plenary session
7 pm - 10 pm Gala reception at Museum of Flight (sponsored by Microsoft)

Tuesday, October 12, 1999
7 am - 5 pm Registration open
8 am - 9:30 am Breakout sessions
9:30 - 11 am Plenary session
11 am - 12:30 pm Breakout sessions
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 5 pm Advanced networking demonstrations at U of Washington
5 pm - 6:30 pm Special arts performance event (networked and live) at U of Washington
6:30 pm - 9 pm Gala reception at University of Washington

Wednesday, October 13, 1999
7 am - 8:30 am Breakfast for corporate members
8:30 am - 11 am Project and Working Group Meetings
11 am - 12 noon Closing plenary session

Thursday, October 14, 1999
8 am - 5 pm NetStore Symposium

Friday, October 15, 1999
8am - 1pm NetStore Symposium, cont'd.

Please respond to me with any questions you might have. Thanks! Melyssa Fratkin,
Internet2, 800-786-5918

23 July 1999
NCSA Technology Roadshow - August 22-25
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Barbara Kucera and I have joined John Connolly as the National Computational Science Alliance/EPSCoR liaison. I look forward to working with you in the coming years. This invitation is an unique opportunity for you to participate in Alliance technology road show to be held in Lexington, KY, on August 22-25.
The Alliance will host three technology road shows designed to demonstrate to researchers, educators and students how emerging technology will change the way people communicate, learn, and conduct research and business in the 21st century. Called "chautauquas" (a Seneca Indian word meaning meeting or gathering) these events will feature talks by technology leaders, demonstrate the prototype of the next century's information infrastructure--the National Technology Grid, and help stimulate the growth of the nationwide digital research community.
The Alliance Chautauqua '99 meeting scheduled for the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, will begin with tutorials and training on August 22; include two days of core Alliance program presentations on August 23-24, and conclude on August 25 with speakers of a more regional and focus and an EPSCoR "Town Meeting."
The core Alliance program will feature:

Tutorials offered on Sunday afternoon, August 22, prior to the start of the Alliance two-day program will be at an additional charge of $50 and will include your choice from the following three options:
* Alaina Kanfer - Creating an Effective Environment for Distributed Knowledge Processes (Distance Learning)"
* Joe Sewash - Uses of Geographic Information Services (GIS)
* David Badar - Scientific Computation on Linux Clusters
The National Laboratory for Applied Network Research will provide a free training session on Sunday morning, August 22. Advanced registration will be required.
A limited number of travel grants will be available. If you need to apply for support, please write a paragraph before July 20 describing why you want to attend this chautauqua, indicate the type and amount of support you are seeking, and send it to me at . Travel grant applicants will be notified of awards on July 23.
You may register on-line by credit card (or by fax or US Mail for other payment methods) and find additional information at
Feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues. If you have any questions, please contact me via email or telephone.
Barbara -------------
Barbara A. Kucera, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Leading Edge Site, National Computational Science Alliance
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
217/244-0131; FAX 217/265-0460

22 July 1999
Call for Participation: Internet2 Caching Project
Micah Beck, Chair, Internet2 Network Storage WG

Internet2 is making available to the community approximately 10 Caching Appliances donated jointly by Compaq and Novell. These caches will be used to improve the connectivity of Internet2 member and partner institutions.

Two points of deployment have been identified for Caching Appliances in the Internet2 community:
1. at GigaPOPs or other points which form the hub of a regional network and thus a natural point at which to locate a shared cache, and
2. at STARTAP and the connection points of international networks which connect to it.
In order to identify participants who will make the best use of the donated resources, we are solicitying a short description of the network each Caching Appliance will be deploy into and the community it will serve. It is understood that these servers are likely to handle both commodity and research traffic in many cases because of their Web-specific nature.

Please send a short description of your intended participation in the project the chair of the Network Storage Working Group, Micah Beck ( For more information about the Caching Appliances contact Jamshid Mahdavi of Novell (

2 July 1999
NLANR Distributed Computing Workshop Computing Across the vBNS and Abilene
AUGUST 11-13, 1999 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The National Laboratory for Applied Network Research (NLANR) is offering a Distributed Computing Workshop, AUGUST 11-13, 1999. This three-day workshop, given by the NLANR Distributed Applications Support Team, will present effective, hands-on strategies for using and optimizing distributed computing applications.
This workshop will cover material at an INTRODUCTORY to INTERMEDIATE level.
This workshop is being hosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The registration deadline for this AUGUST Distributed Computing Workshop is August 2nd. For more information or to register, please see Workshop instructors are NLANR Staff and guest instructors from various NLANR partner sites who specialize in networking, high performance computing, Grid, or Globus programming.

Both lecture and lab will be used to cover the distributed computing concepts used on wide area networks such as the vBNS and Abilene. The workshop will begin with essentials of the network from the transport layer on down and will walk participants through successful, practical case studies. Substantial time will also be devoted specifically to Globus and the concept of Computational Grids.

For more detailed information regarding this July workshop, please see:

The registration deadline for this AUGUST Distributed Computing Workshop is August 2nd. See for more information or to register.
Questions answered via email at:

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