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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: Leading Organizations Across US form Consortium to Advance Research and Education Networking
  • Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 09:19:59 -0400
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"The Quilt" will promote advanced networking

October 1, 2001--Over fifteen leading regional research and education networking organizations today announced a new joint effort called "The Quilt" to promote and extend advanced networking services. The University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), a university-led research and development consortium, will provide the
organizational home for The Quilt.

Gwendolyn Huntoon will serve as The Quilt's initial executive director while remaining in her position as assistant director of networking at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

The Quilt will undertake three initial projects:

- The Regional Optical Networking Project will provide a forum for communication about technologies and business practices in use and under experimentation by participants implementing fiber optic network infrastructure and will drive the development of best practices in the implementation of new, cost effective network services.

- The Measurement Infrastructure Project will support end-to-end performance by collecting and disseminating a common set of network measurements across regional network infrastructures.

- The Commodity Internet Services Project will aggregate The Quilt participants' buying power and strategic opportunities for the acquisition of commercial Internet services.

"Participants in The Quilt provide an important and substantial component of the national research and education network infrastructure," said Rick Summerhill, executive director of the Great Plains Network and chair of The Quilt executive committee. "Coming together will allow us to share ideas and experiences--as well as pursue common interests--far more effectively."

The organizations that have come together to form The Quilt include gigaPoPs, which provide high-performance network connections and services for over 140 Internet2 member universities and standard Internet connections and support for thousands of other research and education institutions around the country.

"The Quilt complements other UCAID initiatives by providing a framework to foster the development and extend the deployment of the advanced network technologies and applications that are at the core of UCAID's mission," said Douglas Van Houweling, President and CEO of UCAID. "Wendy Huntoon's demonstrated leadership and extensive experience provide The Quilt a strong foundation from which to work toward our common goals."

Initial participants in The Quilt are the Corporation for Education Network Initiative in California (CENIC), EDUCAUSE, the Front Range GigaPoP (FRGP), Great Plains Network (GPN), the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), Merit Network, Inc. (Merit), Metropolitan Research and Education Network (MREN), North Carolina GigaPoP, Net.Work.Virginia, Northern Crossroads (NoX), NYSERNet, OARnet, Pacific/Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP), Pittsburgh GigaPoP, Southern Crossroads (SoX), Southeastern Research Universities Association (SURA) and the Texas GigaPoP.

For more information about The Quilt, see:

About The Quilt
The Quilt gathers over fifteen leading research and education networking organizations in the United States to promote consistent, reliable, interoperable, and efficient advanced networking services that extend to the broadest possible community; and to represent common interests in the development and delivery of advanced network services. Participants in The Quilt provide network service for over 140 Internet2 universities and thousands of other educational institutions. For more information, see:

The University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID) provides leadership and direction for advanced networking development in higher education and research. It provides the corporate home for Internet2(R) and the Abilene network.

Greg Wood

Gwendolyn Huntoon
The Quilt

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Sept. 28, 2001

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Engineer to Lead National Network Project

PITTSBURGH -- Gwendolyn Huntoon, assistant director of the Pittsburgh
Supercomputing Center, has agreed to serve as the first executive director
of The Quilt, an effort of many U.S. regional networking organizations to
promote and extend research network services. She will continue in her
leadership role at PSC while taking responsibility, through The Quilt, to
coordinate many groups nationwide in development of next-generation network

Huntoon directs the networking resource group at PSC, which carries out
advanced research and provides consulting and training for universities and
research centers nationwide. In this role, she has led development of the
Pittsburgh GigaPop, a high-speed network hub that provides advanced network
services for Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University, the
University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University.

"I'm pleased to have this opportunity to expand upon the work that PSC's
networking group has done in high-performance network research and
infrastructure," said Huntoon. "Many of the projects The Quilt will be
focusing on are of strategic interest to PSC, CMU and the broader
Pittsburgh GigaPop community."

Over 15 non-profit research and education network organizations, which
provide network resources for thousands of U.S. research and education
institutions, have pooled resources to form the Quilt. The University
Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), a Washington,
DC-based organization that promotes networking for education and research,
is providing organizational support for The Quilt.

The Quilt's initial objectives include: (1) to provide a forum for best
practices related to implementation of fiber-optic network infrastructure,
(2) to support improved end-to-end network performance through uniform
standards to measure and assess performance, and (3) to aggregate the
Internet services buying power of The Quilt's participants.

For more information about The Quilt, see:

For more information about networking at PSC, see:

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon
University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse
Electric Company. It was established in 1986 and is supported by several
federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry.

Michael Schneider
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Sean Fulton
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

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