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  • From: "Greg Wood" <>
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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: Internet2 Partners with ResearchTV to Explore High Bandwidth Internet Video
  • Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 06:47:57 -0400
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Internet2 Partners with ResearchTV to Explore High Bandwidth Internet Video

Seattle, Washington— October 12, 1999--Internet2 announced today that it
will partner with ResearchTV to form a new working group that will use
ResearchTV's high quality, high bandwidth Internet video technology
experiments to focus on developing advanced technologies for delivering high
bandwidth, on-demand video over the Internet.

ResearchTV is a consortium of leading research institutions experimenting
with innovative methods of distributing broadcast quality video. Working
with Sony Electronics Inc., ResearchTV recently used Internet2 networks to
send high definition television (HDTV) from Stanford University to the
University of Washington at more than 270 megabits per second, or nearly
5,000 times faster than a typical modem.

“High-bandwidth, better than broadcast quality video over the Internet is
the kind of application not possible with today’s Internet that Internet2 is
working to enable. The Internet2 ResearchTV Working Group will help
Internet2 members develop the capabilities and tackle the challenges on the
horizon for the commercial Internet of the next century,” said Douglas Van
Houweling, president and CEO of the University Corporation for Advanced
Internet Development (UCAID), the organization leading Internet2.

In addition to demonstrating HDTV, ResearchTV will use Internet technology
to deliver video for broadcast on a commercial cable system using live
footage from the Fall 1999 Internet2 Member Meeting taking place in Seattle,
Washington from October 11 to October 13. Three plenary sessions from the
Internet2 Member Meeting will be delivered live via Internet2 networks at
MPEG-2 broadcast quality to Seattle viewers of the University of Washington’
s cable channel,, on channel 76.

"Each new ResearchTV high bandwidth distribution experiment dovetails with
Internet2's advanced network development and country-wide backbone," said
Amy Philipson, director of ResearchTV." This partnership promises to fulfill
the goals of each entity while serving as the basis for the development and
evaluation of advanced applications for the next generation Internet."

About ResearchTV
ResearchTV is a collaborative partnership of research universities and
organizations dedicated to broadening access to and appreciation of
individual and collective activities, ideas, and opportunities in basic and
applied research. The ResearchTV consortium was formed in 1996 to create
greater access to high bandwidth research information through technology
collaborations with the goal of informing the public about the research that
affects the future developments of the world. ResearchTV institutions bring
a wide variety of subjects to the public, providing a public forum for
researchers to describe their latest endeavors.

About Internet2
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.


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Contact: Karen Green, NCSA,

***SC99 Research Exhibits Highlight Science and Technology***

PORTLAND, OR, October 14, 1999 -- From Maui to Alaska and from Tokyo to
Glasgow, more than 60 research institutions will converge on the Oregon
Convention Center in November to participate in the SC99 research exhibits.

SC99, the annual high performance networking and computing conference, will
be held Nov. 13-19 at the convention center. The Exhibit Hall Gala Opening
is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15, from 7-9 p.m. and will feature about 140
exhibitors from both research institutions and private industry. The
Exhibit Hall will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 16 and 17, from 10
a.m.- 6 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The 64 research exhibits at SC99 will represent national laboratories,
universities from around the world, supercomputing centers, government
programs, and international research institutes. Some of the larger
research exhibits include Argonne, Berkeley and Brookhaven national
laboratories; the Department of Defense High Performance Computing
Modernization Office; the Department of Energy Accelerated Strategic
Computing Initiative; NASA; and the two partnerships of the National
Science Foundation's Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure
(PACI) program.

"The research exhibits are where we get a glimpse of things to come in the
world of high performance computing and high speed networking," said Sally
Haerer, a member of the SC99 coordinating committee and chair of SC99
exhibits. "We see how researchers are using high performance networks and
computers, and we see how high performance computing and communications are
a factor in cutting-edge research in a wide range of fields, from
telemedicine to real-time weather forecasting to the exploration of space."

Research exhibits also offer a glimpse into the future of the world's
computational and information infrastructure. This infrastructure is
rapidly evolving from high performance networks--such as the NSF's very
high performance Backbone Network Service (vBNS)--into distributed
infrastructures, or technology grids, that link computers, storage systems,
research tools, and other resources through multiple high speed networks.
Technology grids have the potential to bring high performance computing,
visualization, virtual collaboration, and a range of research tools and
resources to audiences worldwide, regardless of physical location.

SC99's networking infrastructure, SCinet99, will support the entire
conference, including the research exhibits, with three overlapping yet
independent networks: a commodity Internet network, a production network,
and a bleeding-edge network formally known as Xnet. Xnet showcases gear and
technologies that may not yet be formally supported by vendors such as
10-gigabit Ethernet. Network organizers are hoping to demonstrate
10-gigabit Ethernet at the conference.

The SC99 research floor will also feature a number of international
exhibits. The Center for Promotion of Computational Science and
Engineering, part of the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, will
demonstrate Seamless Thinking Aid software, which supports a distributed,
parallel, metacomputing environment. The European Union High Performance
Computing Technology Transfer Node will demonstrate a virtual-reality
prototype system that simulates car crashes on computers.

Several research exhibitors will participate in SC99's HPC Games. During
this onsite competition, teams will solve a problem that ranges from solid
state physics to the state of the universe. Teams will be judged on speed,
distance, and style.

For more information on SC99 or to register for the conference, see

Karen Green
Assistant Director for Communications
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
605 E. Springfield Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820

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

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