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  • From: "Greg Wood" <>
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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: Internet2 Backbones Power Supercomputing Demonstrations
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 08:12:12 -0500
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Greg Wood


Debbie Caplan
MCI Worldcom


Abilene and vBNS connect researchers to the world at leading supercomputing

Portland, Oregon--November 17, 1999--Internet2(tm) backbone networks are
providing high-performance connectivity this week for demonstrations of
advanced applications at the world's leading conference for supercomputing.
Abilene and the Very High Performance Backbone Network Service (vBNS)
combined are linking the exhibition floor at SC'99 to the outside world at
speeds 20,000 times faster than a typical modem. These connections are
providing the capabilities required by leading-edge supercomputing
applications being demonstrated here but not available through today's
commodity Internet.

"The applications being shown at SC'99 demonstrate how combining advanced
networking and high-performance computing allows researchers to conduct
experiments that would otherwise not be possible," said Terry Rogers,
director of the Abilene project. "Internet2 networks can now extend these
capabilities to the over 160 university members around the United States."

"vBNS has partnered with the supercomputing community since its inception
five years ago," said Charles Lee, director of Government Markets for MCI
WorldCom. "Today, vBNS is fueling next generation IP applications for
Internet2 members and others requiring high performance networking
applications like Quality of Service, native IP multicast and IPv6."

Advanced applications being demonstrated the Oregon Convention Center in
Portland Oregon at SC'99 include distributed computing, high-fidelity
collaboration, and datamining. Internet2 backbone networks today link over
150 Internet2 members across the United States, peer with networks
participating in the US GovernmentÂ’s Next Generation Internet initiative,
and connect to research and education networks around the world.

About Abilene
Abilene is a nationwide Internet2 backbone network developed by the
University Corporation Advanced Internet Development, in partnership with
Qwest Communications, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and Indiana University.
While providing a high-performance testbed for advanced applications,
Abilene is testing and deploying advanced networking capabilities such as
multicasting and quality of service. Less than a year after beginning
operations, Abilene operates at 2.4 gigabits per second, nearly 45,000
faster than a typical modem, and connects nearly 90 Internet2 universities
around the United States. For more information about Abilene, see:

About the vBNS
Launched in April 1995, under a five-year cooperative agreement between MCI
WorldCom and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the vBNS is a leading
network support service for NGI (Next Generation Internet) and Internet2.
The vBNS simultaneously acts as a development platform for next generation
Internet applications and has spurred the transfer of technologies used in
the research community into commercial data products and services advancing
the state of networking technology in general. MCI WorldCom also delivers
vBNS+ service, based on the technology and applications inherent in vBNS, to
all universities and corporate research laboratories. For more information
about vBNS and vBNS+, visit

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NEWS BRIEF--New STAR TAP Electronic Forum

Laura Wolf
Electronic Visualization Laboratory
University of Illinois at Chicago

(312) 996-3002

November 17, 1999--In order to foster discussion among STAR TAP(sm)
worldwide, the

electronic forum now exists where members
can quickly
broadcast information, and solicit suggestions and recommendations.

It mainly consists of representatives from domestic and international
advanced research
and education networks, who either connect to STAR TAP, or have expressed
an interest
in doing so in the near future. It also includes U.S. federal agencies,
vendors, and application
research scientists.

People are welcome to subscribe by linking through the STAR TAP web site
or by sending an E-mail to
with the following
command in the text body:
subscribe stars

STAR TAP, the Science, Technology And Research Transit Access Point, is a
infrastructure to facilitate the long-term interconnection and
interoperability of advanced
international networking in support of applications, performance measuring,
and technology
evaluations. The STAR TAP anchors the international vBNS connections program.
STAR TAP is made possible by major funding from the National Science
award ANI-9712283, to the University of Illinois at Chicago.
For more information, see

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