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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: Internet2 Backbone Network Connects Universities in Every State
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 11:09:13 -0400
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Greg Wood


Internet2 Backbone Network Connects Universities in Every State

Ann Arbor, MI, June 11, 2001— Abilene, an Internet2(R) backbone network, now
reaches at least one university in each of the 50 states in the US.
Operating at speeds up to 2.4 gigabits per second, or 45,000 times faster
than a typical modem, Abilene provides high-performance network services
that enable advanced applications such as high-definition television,
tele-medicine and remote access to scientific instruments.

"This milestone in advanced networking opens possibilities for researchers,
students and teachers at universities across the country to collaborate with
each other and to access resources in ways not possible using the commercial
Internet," said Steve Corbató, Internet2 director of backbone network
infrastructure. "Abilene provides a unique leading-edge network environment
that enables people to experiment with and test new capabilities that can
make their way into the global Internet."

Over 180 Internet2 universities and research laboratories now have access to
the Abilene network, which, in addition to high speed, provides advanced
networking services such as multicasting and IPv6.

Abilene interconnects with other high-performance research and education
networks within the United States and with over a dozen research and
education networks from countries around the world. Furthermore,
partnerships with Internet2 universities and regional networking
organizations provide thousands of institutions such as elementary schools,
secondary schools, community colleges, museums and libraries access to the
national high-performance network.

About Abilene
Abilene, developed in partnership with Qwest Communications, Cisco Systems,
Nortel Networks and Indiana University, is an Internet2 backbone network
providing nationwide high-performance networking capabilities for over 180
Internet2 universities. For more information on Abilene please see:

About Internet2(R)
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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International Lambda Workshop
12-13 September 2001
Tulip Inn Tropen, Amsterdam

In collaboration with STAR TAP/StarLight, CANARIE, Internet2 and SURFnet,
TERENA (the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association)
is organising the world's first International Lambda Workshop, to present
and discuss the opportunities offered by international lambda networking to
the research and education community.

The workshop is aimed at (potential) users of international lambda networks
in the research and education networking community. They are general
managers and technical managers of (national) research networks, and
representatives of scientific users with advanced networking requirements
(such as Grids). The workshop will also be of interest to network suppliers
and equipment vendors.

The objective of the workshop is to give managers of research networks and
research network users with advanced requirements information on how to
develop their own strategy towards research networking.

To ensure real interaction between workshop attendees, participation will
be limited to at most 50 persons. A number of participants will be invited
directly by the workshop organisers. The remaining places are available for
persons who apply for participation.

Further information on the workshop, including the programme, the available
accommodation and how to apply for participation can be found at the
workshop Web site:

Deadline for applications is 10 August 2001 !

For e-mail communication regarding the Workshop, please contact


Heather Boyles + Director, International Relations + Internet2

+ mobile: 202.255.5581 + office: 202.331.5342
1150 18th Street, NW + Suite 1020 + Washington, DC 20036 +

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