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  • Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 10:42:59 -0500
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Greg Wood

Gordon Bell and Jim Gray Establish Internet2 Land Speed Record Award

Washington, D.C., March 17, 2000--Computer science pioneers Gordon Bell and
Jim Gray today announced they are personally providing a US$10,000 prize for
the winners of the inaugural Internet2(tm) Land Speed Record competition.
The Internet2 Land Speed Record will determine the most demanding
end-to-end, bandwidth-intensive demonstration of Internet protocols. Entries
are expected from the fastest networkers on the face of the planet. The
prize will be presented in conjunction with the Land Speed Record award
ceremony at the Spring 2000 Internet2 Member Meeting in Washington, D.C. on
March 29.

"We hope this competition gets people thinking about enabling really
revolutionary Internet applications," said Jim Gray, a member of the
President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. "The limits on
today's Internet are no longer determined by raw bandwidth but rather how
well the different network components work together. The Internet2 Land
Speed Record competition should encourage people to tackle this set of

"To realize the Internet's full potential, end-to-end network performance
needs to take a huge leap forward," said Gordon Bell, a long-time leader in
the fields of computing and networking. "Our intention with this prize is
ultimately to raise the bar for the kind of performance possible on the
commercial Internet"

The Internet2 Land Speed Record competition is open to anyone. Entries will
be judged on a combination of bandwidth used and distance covered
end-to-end. Eligible entries will use standard Internet (TCP/IP) protocols.
The deadline for entries has been extended to March 22, 2000. Complete
rules, submission guidelines and additional details are available at:

About Gordon Bell
Gordon Bell is a senior researcher in Microsoft's Telepresence Research
Group, a part of the Bay Area Research Center (BARC), and a
computer-consultant-at-large who devotes time to startup ventures. Gordon
has long evangelized scalable systems starting with his interest in
multiprocessors (mP) beginning in 1965 with the design of Digital's PDP-6,
PDP-10's antecedent, one of the first mPs and the first timesharing
computer. He continues this interest with various talks about trends in
future supercomputing, especially clustered systems formed from
cost-effective “personal computers”. Gordon is focused on the use of
computers and the necessity of telepresence: being there without really
being there, then. "There" can be a different place, right now, or a
compressed and different time (a presentation or recording of an earlier

About Jim Gray
James N. Gray of San Francisco, California, is a senior researcher in
Microsoft's Scalable Servers Research Group and manager of Microsoft's Bay
Area Research Center. Dr. Gray serves as a member of the President's
Internet Technology Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the Association
for Computing Machinery and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

About Internet2(tm)
Internet2 is developing and deploying advanced network applications and
technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of
tomorrow’s Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnership of academia,
industry and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.
For more information about Internet2, see:


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Mike Hite
Office of Telecommunications, Penn State University

Penn State to Upgrade Videoconferencing Infrastructure to use Internet2

March 21, 2000, UNIVERSITY PARK, PA, --- Penn State University announced
today a project to upgrade the university's videoconferencing infrastructure
to take advantage of high-performance Internet2 networks. The project will
upgrade the existing room-based videoconferencing systems (approx. 50)
currently available to University personnel. The goal of the project is to
enhance these systems and associated IP networks to enable high quality
video and audio, as well as reduce costs and improve overall performance.
The new technology will enable Penn State community members to collaborate
more closely with colleagues and students both within the univeristy and
around the world. The upgrade consists of using the H.323 videoconferencing
protocol in conjunction with high performance LAN technology and Network
QoS. These IP-based technologies avoid the costly per minute usage charges
incurred when using ISDN lines.

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