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  • From: "Greg Wood" <>
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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: Internet2 Sociotechnical Summit
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 1999 15:56:35 -0400
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The Internet2 Sociotechnical Summit next week will gather over 100 leaders
from a wide range of disciplines to establish an agenda for social science
research related to advanced networking. Scheduled to take place on
September 13-15 at the University of Michigan Media Union in Ann Arbor, the
summit will help bridge the gap between advanced Internet technology and its
implications for the social sciences. An online discussion featuring white
papers and interaction with Internet2 Sociotechnical Summit presenters is
already open to the public. The Internet2 Sociotechnical Summit is made
possible through the support of the John D. Evans Foundation, Cisco Systems,
Advanced Network & Services and the College of Communication at the
University of Texas, Austin.

Participate in the online virtual summit at:

Greg Wood

+1 202-872-9119

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From: Bob Bellandi
Subject: NYSERNet connects to Abilene
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News Release

FOR: Immediate release: September 1, 1999

CONTACT: Jim Brennan

518-283-3584 x25

New York researchers gain additional gateway to next-generation Internet

(Text available on the Internet at

NYSERNet, the New York State Education and Research Network, today announced
it is connected to Abilene, one of the most advanced and far-reaching
research and education networks in the world. Researchers, students, and
faculty at New York universities will use Abilene to develop advanced
applications not possible on today's Internet. NYSERNet has already benefited
from the Abilene connection by gaining a better connection to the Netherlands
thus aiding videoconferencing over the Internet to that country.
Videoconferencing is one of the most promising new applications on the
next-generation Internet.

New York researchers have access to Abilene through NYSERNet 2000, New York's
own advanced research network ( According
to Tim Lance, NYSERNet president, "We acquired the Abilene gateway connection
to provide New York State's researchers the maximum number of options for
collaboration worldwide over high-speed, high-quality networks. The Abilene
gateway significantly enriches our suite of options."

"We are delighted to have New York research institutions using Abilene to
work with the national Internet2 community in developing the new networking
capabilities and advanced applications vital to the future of research and
education," said Douglas Van Houweling, President and CEO of the University
Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), which is leading

Abilene is an Internet2 backbone. It connects over fifty Internet2
universities around the country and operates at 2.4 gigabits per second,
nearly 45,000 faster than a typical modem. Abilene is also testing and
deploying advanced networking capabilities such as multicasting and quality
of service.

NYSERNet 2000, NYSERNet's statewide advanced research network with an OC-12
(622 megabits per second) backbone, also connects to other advanced networks.
It has a connection to the vBNS (very high-performance Backbone Network
Service,, the National Science Foundation's advanced
research network. NYSERNet 2000 also connects to Gemini2000, a commercial
network of AppliedTheory Corporation ( that uses
advanced network capabilities.

NYSERNet provides $100,000 in grants to universities


Universities must pay a $20,000 annual participation fee to UCAID to connect
to Abilene. To promote productive use of the Abilene network, NYSERNet
sponsored a grant program to fund this fee and made awards of $20,000 each to
Columbia University and New York University in New York City, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute in Troy, University at Buffalo (SUNY), and the
University of Rochester. The grant also promotes monitoring and data
collection on the use of Abilene.

About NYSERNet


NYSERNet, a not-for-profit corporation with offices in Syracuse and Albany,
builds leading-edge networks to promote the goals of New York State's
education and research institutions (

About Abilene


Abilene is a project of UCAID, home of the Internet2 project. In partnership
with Qwest Communications, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, and Indiana
University, UCAID is deploying Abilene as the most advanced and far-reaching
research and education network in the U.S. More information is at

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and Web Master | Syracuse, NY 13212-4312

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From: Heather Boyles
Subject: I2-NEWS: AAIREP and Internet2
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Australian Advanced Internet Research and Education Program and Internet2 to
Collaborate on New Network Technologies and Applications

September 9, 1999 -- Washington, DC - Leaders of both the Internet2(tm)
project and the Australian Advanced Internet Research and Education Program
(AAIREP) signed an agreement in Canberra, Australia to collaborate on
developing the next generation of Internet technologies and applications for
the research and education community. The agreement will provide a basis for
the two countries to work together toward establishing high-performance
Internet connectivity between their respective universities in order to
enable researchers to collaborate across the Pacific ocean.

"Today's Internet enables US researchers, teachers and students to
communicate and work with their colleagues around the globe. This agreement
between AAIREP will enhance the potential for collaboration between research
and education communities in the United States and Australia,” said Douglas
Van Houweling, President and CEO of UCAID, which is leading the Internet2

As part of the agreement, AAIREP and Internet2 agree to:
· promote appropriate interconnection between and among their respective
members and networks for the purpose of development and pre-commercial
testing and use of advanced research and education applications;

· collaborate on the development of common standards and technical
implementations across their respective networks;

· promote collaboration between their constituent member organizations and
institutions relating to the development of next-generation networking and
applications in research and higher education; and

· encourage technology transfer from their joint endeavors to accelerate the
availability of new services and applications.

Internet2, a project of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet
Development provides leadership and direction for advanced networking
development within the U.S. university community. Its programs are devoted
to network research, technology transfer, and collaborative activities in
related fields such as distance learning and educational technology.
Internet2 is a collaborative project by over 160 U.S. research universities,
in partnership with industry leaders and U.S. federal agencies, to develop a
new family of advanced applications to meet emerging academic requirements
in research, teaching and learning. Internet2 is addressing this challenge
by creating a leading edge network capability that includes the nationwide
high-performance Abilene network for use by its members.

Greg Wood
(202) 872-9119

Heather Boyles
Director, Government and International Relations

office: 202.331.5342
mobile: 202.255.5581

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Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 14:59:14 -0400 (EDT)
From: Mairead Martin

Subject: Internet2 Megaconference Event
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SEPTEMBER 10, 1999

Over thirty national and international research institutions and
networking organizations will be participating in the Megaconference event
scheduled for the Internet2 Fall meeting, October 11-13, 1999.

The Megaconference is a permanent, continuous multipoint H.323 Internet
video conference. The Megaconference event at the Internet2 Fall meeting
will consist of multiple sites collectively engaging in a live
demonstration of the capabilities of H.323 video conferencing. Each
participating institution/organization will have an opportunity to address
the conference participants, speak to their deployment of H.323, and talk
about and showcase H.323 applications at their site. This event will be
the largest H.323 multipoint conference conducted to date, and will
simultaneously be broadcast on the Internet.

It's not too late to register to participate in the I2 meeting event; if
you are interested, register now in time to participate in upcoming
rehearsals. You can register at the Megaconference website at The first Megaconference
rehearsal was conducted August 30, with two more rehearsals scheduled
before the October 11-13 event. We experienced some glitches during the
rehearsal, but it generated very valuable results.

The current Megaconference participants are (in order of registration):
Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Center for Scientific
Computing, Finland, University of Maribor, Slovenia, NYSERNet (New York
State Education and Research Network), University of Virginia, Canadian
Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education (CANARIE),
University of Idaho, College of William and Mary, University of Glascow,
Scotland, University of Pennsylvania, University of the Highlands and
Islands, Scotland, University of South Carolina, Yale University,
University of Manchester, England, University at Buffalo, Virginia
Commonwealth University, University of Michigan, North Carolina Research
and Education Network (NCREN), North Carolina Networking Initiative
(NCNI), University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID),
Penn State University, Stanford University, University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of
Oklahoma, Florida International University, University of Washington,
Oklahoma State University, and Kent State University.

Ms. Mairead Martin Email:

Consultant Tel: 423.974-6454
Customer Technology Support Fax: 423.974.2622
Division of Information Infrastructure
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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