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Internet 2


The University of Pennsylvania hosted Internet 2 Awareness Day on Monday, March 15, 1999 for a select group of faculty, students and researchers from Penn and other local schools at the Sheraton University City Hotel to promote awareness about Internet 2 - both what it is and how it can advance research here at Penn. (Read a recent article titled The Future of Computing by University President Judith Rodin on Internet 2 and PennNet21.)

  • What is Internet 2?
  • Internet 2 is a collaborative effort led by over 130 universities in the United States working with industry and government to develop advanced Internet technology and applications vital to the research and education missions of higher education.
  • Why use Internet 2 over the Internet?
  • The Internet 2 project's mission is to "facilitate and coordinate the development, deployment, operation and technology transfer of advanced, network-based applications and network services to further U.S. leadership in research and higher education and accelerate the availability of new services and applications on the Internet."
  • How will Internet 2 benefit you?
  • Applications for Internet 2 range from the humanities to the sciences. Research that requires interactive collaboration and instruction, real-time access to remote scientific instruments, shared virtual reality, or multi-media services can benefit from Internet 2 connection.
  • Related Activity on Penn Campus
  • Penn is also a participant in The QBone Project
  • Penn is one of only 13 Internet 2 members who are participating partners in the first round of the QBone effort, the effort that will very likely be the first to bring real quality of service networking to a large Wide Area Network.

Schedule of Events

There is no charge to attend however, we encourage you to register on-line.
Internet 2 Awareness day is by invitation only.
8.00 - 9.00 am Registration and Refreshments
9.00 - 9.40 am Introduction and Welcome
James O'Donnell, Judith Rodin, Robert Barchi
9.40 - 10.15 am Ted Hanss, Internet 2 Director of Applications
Overview of Internet 2 Project Engineering Efforts

In this talk, Dr. Hanss will provide an overview of Internet2's formation, current structure, membership status, and network engineering efforts
10.15 - 10.30am Robert Hollebeek, Physics Dept.
The History of vBNS on Penn Campus

Prof. Hollobeek will describe some of the early work by the National Scalable Cluster Project (NSCP) on linking together clusters of processors to attack data intensive problems and why networks play a key role in this work. He will describe the role played by members of the Penn community in the earliest stages of the National Science Foundation program to establish new research infrastructures like NSCP for applications using high speed networks. Penn and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) were the first two nodes to communicate and collaborate after access to the "very-high-speed backbone network services" (vBNS)for Universities was begun in 1996. vBNS is a forerunner of Internet2 and Next Generation Internets. He will also highlight some of the special applications in data mining which have been investigated using the NSCP infrastructure at Penn and UIC through the high-speed networks made possible by the NSF connections program. Our economy is seeing rapid growth due to new technologies in data storeage, management and knowledge discovery, and future research and teaching in Universities and other organizations will rely crucially, and benefit greatly from these new developments.
10.30 - 10.45 am Break
10.45 - 11.15 am Dave Farber
The Future of High Performance Networking
11.15 - 11.45 pm George Strawn, NSF
National Science Foundation's Role in Internet 2
11.45 - 1.00 pm Lunch Break
* Main Lunch, International House, S. America and Africa Rooms, (Boxed Lunches Provided)
* Mike Palladino - Institutional Collaboration, Sheraton Hotel, Chestnut Room, (Invited Lunch)
1.00 - 1.30 pm Ted Hanss, Internet 2 Director of Applications
Existing Applications

Dr. Hanss will provide summaries of some illustrative applications, describing the sort of advanced applications efforts underway by Internet2 members.
1.30 - 2.00 pm Deke Kassabian, ISC Network Engineering
Access to Internet 2 from Penn's Networks

In this session, researchers at Penn will see how their computers can reach Internet2 resources. The talk will include a brief review of PennNet (Penn's data networks), MAGPI (the regional Internet2 GigaPop being coordinated by Penn), and the national networks that are serving as Internet2 backbones.
2.00 - 2.15 pm Rebecca Bushnell, SAS and Mike Ryan, Penn Library
The English Renaissance in Context

In the last ten years, Renaissance scholars have sought to strip away three hundred years of editing from early literary texts in order to consider them in their original printed forms and to analyze their transmission over the centuries. At the same time, the