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  • From: "Greg Wood" <>
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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: CAIDA Announces Internet Teaching Laboratory Grant Opportunity
  • Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 17:17:06 -0400
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For more information, contact Theresa Ott, CAIDA, 858-822-0956,

CAIDA Announces Internet Teaching Laboratory Grant Opportunity

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO -- The Cooperative Association for
Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) has announced an opportunity for qualifying
universities to be granted hardware and course materials for Internet
Teaching Laboratory (ITL) facilities as part of CAIDA's Internet
Engineering Curriculum (IEC) program.

This grant is made possible by a generous commitment of equipment from
Cisco Systems, including routers, interface cards, and software. In
addition, CAIDA will bestow course materials and other networking-related
information from the Internet Engineering Curriculum Repository

United States universities and colleges are invited to submit proposals to
receive an Internet Teaching Lab to enhance and compliment their ongoing
networking courses. The lab facilities will be tailored to the
requirements of individual institutions, as defined by the plans and
curriculum content defined in their proposals.

The ITL Request for Proposal is available on the Web at

Proposals will be reviewed in two rounds: (1) proposals received by
September 17, 1999, and (2) proposals received by October 15, 1999. Up to
ten awards may be made in a round. Proposals not selected in the first
round may be resubmitted in round 2. CAIDA also may award additional labs
next year under later solicitations.

Any United States college or university faculty member who will be teaching
networking courses during the academic year may submit proposals for Phase
I of the solicitation. Proposals should be a maximum of eight pages in
length (including any schematics or graphics) and should be written in
ASCII or HTML. Sample lab configurations are provided with the
solicitation for illustrative purposes. Proposals require a letter of
commitment of staff and facilities from the institution.

Note: Institutions interested in submitting proposals are strongly
encouraged to submit a one- or two-page letter via e-mail to
by September 3, 1999 describing their ITL plans; this will
assist CAIDA in planning and will help identify areas that need
clarification in the proposal requirements.

During Phase I of the ITL project, equipment to support a total of
approximately 15 Internet Teaching Labs will be available. The ITL
equipment is to be used for teaching and research purposes only, and is not
to be incorporated into any production networking efforts at the receiving
institution. Transfer of routers and associated equipment will be directly
from Cisco Systems to selected universities.

Shipment of routers to recipient schools is expected to occur within three
to eight weeks following notification of awards. CAIDA engineering
personnel and participating commercial collaborators will assist with
on-site implementations of most ITL facilities. CAIDA personnel also will
also be available during the first year of operation to provide limited
technical assistance (primarily email and voice) and to assist in fostering
a cooperative, collaborative relationship among the participating ITL
schools. Illustrative lab exercises are also being developed and will be
made available on the IEC Web site.

Proposals and questions concerning the solicitation or equipment should be
submitted electronically to
For further information on the
IEC project, see or send e-mail to

The Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis is a collaborative
undertaking among government, industry, and the research community to
promote greater cooperation in the engineering and maintenance of a robust,
scalable global Internet infrastructure. It is based at the San Diego
Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego
(UCSD) and includes participation by Internet providers and suppliers, as
well as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced
Research Project Agency (DARPA). CAIDA focuses on the engineering and
traffic analysis requirements of the commercial Internet community. Current
priorities include analysis of Internet traffic data and development and
deployment of traffic measurement, visualization and analysis tools. For
more information, see, or contact Tracie Monk, CAIDA,

The San Diego Supercomputer Center is a research unit of the University of
California, San Diego, and the leading-edge site of the National
Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure
( SDSC is sponsored by the National Science
Foundation through NPACI and by other federal agencies, the State and
University of California, and private organizations. For additional
information about SDSC, see, or contact David Hart at
SDSC, 619-534-8314,


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Joan Schwartz, Boston University, 617-353-4626,

Karen Green, NCSA, 217-265-0748,

***Alliance Chautauquas Give a Glimpse of Emerging Access Grid***
--Register for Boston Chautauqua at

BOSTON, September, 1, 1999--Researchers and educators are getting a
firsthand look at how science, education, and business will be conducted in
the next millenium thanks to a series of 21st-century technology road shows
sponsored by the National Computational Science Alliance (Alliance).

The road shows are called Chautauquas from a Seneca Indian word meaning
meeting or gathering. At these events the Alliance is showcasing the Access
Grid, an experimental system that links people in virtual spaces, such as
teamwork sessions, remote training programs, and distance education
classes. The Access Grid is part of the nationwide Grid being prototyped by
the Alliance to link together people, large databases, high-performance
computing resources, and visualization environments into a seamless,
integrated environment as ubiquitous as the nation's electrical power grid
and as easy to use as the Web.

The three sites for the Alliance Chautauquas--the University of New Mexico
in Albuquerque, the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and Boston
University-- are entry points, or nodes, to the collaborative workspace
called the Access Grid. As such, the Chautauquas are more than just
meetings--they are experiments in connecting sites from Boston to Maui and
in conducting real-time interactions complete with video, voice, and data
streams over the National Science Foundation's very high-performance
performance Backbone Network Service (vBNS).

"The Access Grid is one of the most compelling glimpses into the future
I've seen since I first saw NCSA Mosaic," Larry Smarr, director of the
National Computational Science Alliance (Alliance) and the National Center
for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) told an audience attending the
University of Kentucky Chautauqua. Smarr noted that the Access Grid is a
first step in creating a new information infrastructure that will make
online communities for scientific
collaborations, distance education and business practices a reality.

The New Mexico and Kentucky Chautauquas were held during August, while the
Boston University event will take place the week of Sept. 13. Audiences
attending the Chautauquas have been impressed with the performance of the
Access Grid, which has featured both onsite and remote speakers as well as
audiences from as many as six sites interacting at one time.

At the August Chautauquas, Rick Stevens, an Alliance principal investigator
with Argonne National Laboratory, explained via a remote presentation how
the Access Grid was developed. Stevens, who is leader of the Alliance's
Distributed Computing team, then challenged the audience to imagine a world
where cyberspace is a major meeting place. Representatives of the National
Science Foundation's Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Directorate also joined the meetings giving an overview of the national
Information Technology for the 21st Century (IT2) initiative.

The Access Grid supports the gamut of audio interactions, from formal
presentations to natural conversations, and also provides a sense of
presence by using multiple video cameras and one or more display surfaces.
It also offers shared applications, archiving through record and playback
features, and controls to mitigate the chaos of multiple site interaction
without restricting free interplay.

Alliance partner sites that are early nodes on the Grid are Argonne
National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, University of New Mexico, Boston
University, University of Kentucky, Maui High Performance Computing Center
, Alliance Center for Collaboration Education, Science and Software
(ACCESS) in metropolitan Washington D.C., and NCSA, the Alliance's
leading-edge site at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

There is still time for researchers and educators to participate in the
Boston Chautauqua. Detailed information, including registration
information, is available at In addition to the
main conference sessions, Boston University is offering tutorials,
workshops, and seminars on a wide range of topics including bioinformatics,
clusters, and high performance computing in the arts.

The National Computational Science Alliance, a partnership to prototype an
advanced computational infrastructure for the 21st century, includes more
than 50 academic, government, and industry research partners from across
the United States. One of two partnerships funded by the National Science
Foundation's Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI)
program, the Alliance receives cost-sharing at partner institutions. NSF
also supports the National Partnership for Advanced Computational
Infrastructure (NPACI), led by the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications is the leading-edge
site for the National Computational Science Alliance. NCSA is a leader in
the development and deployment of cutting-edge high-performance computing,
networking, and information technologies. The National Science Foundation,
the state of Illinois, the University of Illinois, industrial partners, and
other federal agencies fund NCSA.

Karen Green
Public Information Officer
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
605 E. Springfield Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820

ph: 217-265-0748, fax: 217-244-7396

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