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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: Qwest Communications and Internet2 Extend Partnership for Advanced Network Services
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Network Capacity to Quadruple, Enabling 190 Universities To Work On Global Issues

DENVER, December 12, 2001 -- Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, and Internet2, a university-led research and development consortium, today announced a new five-year agreement to quadruple the Abilene Internet2 network's capacity. Qwest's investment in the improvement of the Abilene Internet2 network is valued at $300 million.

More than 190 universities and research centers use the Abilene Internet2 network to create and test data and video applications that have revolutionized how scientists, teachers and students work and collaborate. These applications help the search for solutions in complex scientific fields such as cancer research, artificial intelligence, robotics and early preparation for earthquakes.

The new agreement will increase the Abilene Internet2 network's capacity to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) through the use of optical networking technologies, making the network one of the most advanced and far-reaching educational research networks in the world. The enhanced network will have enough capacity to send 9.7 million five paragraph e-mails in one second.

"Qwest is proud of its affiliation with Internet2 and the revolutionary, cutting-edge applications that are enabled by our network," said Afshin Mohebbi, Qwest president and chief operating officer. "The relationship further defines Qwest's position as a leader in delivering reliable, secure network services for the government and education markets."

"Qwest's technology and commitment to Internet2 will ensure the Abilene Internet2 network continues to provide the academic and research community with an unsurpassed national networking capability," said Douglas Van Houweling, president and CEO of Internet2. "Since its launch three years ago, the Abilene Internet2 network has been an unqualified success: it connects leading universities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; peers with 37 international research and education networks; and includes participation by 17 state education networks."

The Abilene Internet2 network enables the deployment of revolutionary education and research applications, as well as the development of new network capabilities, such as:

+ The Visible Human: A three-dimensional, computer-generated cybernetic body, the Visible Human is available over the Abilene Internet2 network for medical researchers throughout North America. Using digitized data from a cadaver, researchers created a virtual human body that can be viewed from any angle, dissected and reassembled by anatomy students, or used as a model to study the growth of cancer cells.

+ Distance Learning: Cameras are installed above the operating table - and within the area of the body undergoing the medical procedure - so students 100 miles or more away may watch the operation in real-time from "inside the body."

+ Artistic Collaboration: Shakespeare's _Romeo_and_Juliet_ may be performed by actors on two different stages 100 miles apart and viewed over the Abilene Internet2 network. Romeo could be in Phoenix, and Juliet could be in Tucson.

Qwest is the recognized industry leader in providing high-bandwidth network services for other prestigious education and research networks, including the National Science Foundation's Distributed Terascale Facility program, NASA's Research and Education Network and the Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network. Qwest's 2001 revenues from the government and education sectors are expected to be approximately $1 billion.

About Internet2(R)
Led by over 180 U.S. universities, working with industry and government, 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 partnerships of academia, industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.

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 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information on Abilene please see

About Qwest
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity(R) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at

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Vince Hancock

Internet2 Contact
Greg Wood

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December 13, 2001


Indiana has a first-of-its-kind resource to help propel the State forward
in the Information Age.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- Indiana University, Purdue University, and the
State of Indiana now have their own optical fiber network, creating an
ultra-high-capacity communications system that makes Indiana a major
center for information technology and maintains the universities'
leadership roles in the development of advanced communication
applications. Indiana becomes the first State to boast such a resource.

"In addition to being the 'Crossroads of America,' - a title earned
because the State was a transportation hub during the Industrial
Revolution - Indiana is now the 'Crossroads of Information,' - fulfilling
that same role in the Digital Revolution." said Indiana Governor Frank
O'Bannon at a ceremony Tuesday December 11 to officially light the fiber.

Led by the State's two major, public, research universities, and with the
support and leadership of the State's executive and legislative branches,
I-Light (as the fiber network is known) provides near limitless
connectivity between the two universities, hubbing out of their Indiana
University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, and connecting
within the city to the Internet2 backbone, and other national and
international networks.

Funded by a $5.3-million appropriation, I-Light is today delivering
gigabit speed connections, and will quickly expand to deliver multiples of
10-gigabit connections in the next few months, providing communication
capabilities unheard of even today to the Universities' researchers and
general populations. As technology advances, the Universities will have
the capability to expand their connectivity well beyond terabit levels and
increase their role in the development of advanced applications.

Essentially, I-Light creates a virtual campus network for the three major
campuses of Indiana and Purdue Universities, enabling researchers to
communicate over long distances, real time, as if they were in the same
room. Demonstrating this during the I-Light event, researchers located in
West Lafayette, Bloomington, and Indianapolis collaborated on a project to
view and analyze a 3-D medical data image; something not possible until
now, due to the limitations of the network.
A Boost to the Indiana Economy

And this is only the beginning. I-Light contributes to economic
development in Indiana. Many states are competing to provide the fertile
ground to create the next Silicon Valley. With its central location, and
high quality of life, the addition of fiber 'on ramps' to the national and
international research and business internets, Indiana is well positioned
to attract start-up companies and established information-age enterprises.

"Today, we are illuminating the future of Indiana" said Myles Brand,
President of Indiana University. "Working hand-in-hand with our partners
around the State, Indiana University is helping to create the information
technology that will be so important to our State's economic future."

And it's not just new enterprises that will be attracted to Indiana, due
to initiatives like I-Light. Verizon - the company that installed the
fiber for I-Light - is a Fortune Top Ten company. Said Verizon's Great
Lakes Region President, John Dudley, "For businesses such as Verizon here
in Indiana, this partnership will impact our growth as well as the quality
of employees we can attract to Indiana." Dudley went on to say: "Not
only does I-Light signal to the rest of the country that Indiana is 'open
for business', but it also says 'we have the light on for you.'"

"Indiana first began planning for I-Light in 1998 and moved swiftly
through the concept-to-reality process, in what was a very complex
project" said Michael A. McRobbie, Vice President for Information
Technology and Chief Information Officer of Indiana University. "Many
other states have followed our lead, developing plans for such networks to
aid in the research and development of advanced applications; but we
believe we are the first in the nation to have our network fully

Another facet of I-Light is its future impact for local economic
development. For example, the City of Bloomington was able to leverage the
initiative by adding two empty conduits connecting that city's new carrier
hotel to the regional facilities located in Indianapolis. In addition,
the greater Lafayette area is currently launching an initiative to develop
a comprehensive plan for fiber infrastructure in that region.

Collaboration and Enabling Science

Owning its own fiber resource significantly reduces the barriers to
digital collaboration. I-Light will usher in a new age of collaboration
between the Universities. "With I-Light, Purdue University and Indiana
University will have greater leverage and potential for federal grants and
can help Indiana become a more capable player in the Information Economy"
said Purdue President Martin Jischke.

"Medical personnel and engineers throughout the State will have the
advantage of virtual, real-time collaborative workspaces, as they explore
the diagnostic process for identifying diseases and their treatments" said
Indiana University School of Medicine professor Gary Hutchins. "We can
confer in real time and virtual space about treatment options and discuss
potential refinements to the diagnostic process and the technology
involved; something we could not do without I-Light."

Importance of Connectivity to National Fiber Infrastructure

University ownership of optical fiber infrastructure is a key advantage of
I-Light. Rather than having to pay commercial providers, the universities
and the State of Indiana have the ability to expand capacity to whatever
level is needed for little marginal cost.
"By investing in their own high performance regional network
infrastructure, Indiana has taken a very strong forward looking position
in the development of high performance networking for the academic
community," said Aubrey Bush, Division Director, National Science
Foundation. "This unique new capability is highly complementary to the
Federal role in national and international connectivity for the research
and education community. Indiana, with this new capability, builds on its
already well established leadership role, and ensures a strong foundation
for future developments both regionally and nationally."

Importance of Connectivity to Internet2

A key component of I-Light is that it not only links researchers at the
two Universities with each other, but with colleagues at other research
institutions. I-Light acts as a digital on-ramp, extending the access to
Internet2 networks and other high-speed research networks out further into
the heart of the State to IU at Bloomington and Purdue at West Lafayette. "Indiana University and Indianapolis have been integral to the success of
Internet2" said Douglas van Houweling, President and CEO of Internet2.
"With I-Light, the State of Indiana is taking a lead role by providing the
foundation upon which the future of Internet technology can be built."

Indianapolis is home to the Internet2 Abilene Network Operations Center,
managed by IU on the IUPUI campus, as well as the site of the Indiana
GigaPoP, one of Internet2's regional network aggregation points. Both IU
and Purdue have been charter partners in Internet2 since its inception in
the late 1990's, and Indiana University President Myles Brand is also a
member of the Internet2 Board of Directors.

How fast is fast?

A great deal is made of the speeds of connectivity represented by fiber
paths. But a more critical component is capacity - how much data can be
moved at one time. I-Light guarantees no bottlenecks in transporting
information across the network

Initially, I-Light will provide for gigabit Ethernet connections between
the campus networks at West Lafayette, Indianapolis, and Bloomington.
Those campuses today feature 1-gigabit backbones, like all high-end
research institutions in the nation. As those backbones grow to
10-gigabit rates, 100-gigabit rates and beyond, I-Light will be capable of
expanding to match those rates by simply upgrading hardware technology at
the cutting edge of these technologies. I-Light also has the ability to
provide even larger, on-demand wavelengths between research groups on the
various campuses, enabling very-high-capacity terabit connectivity when
that functionality is needed.

"It's misleading to focus just on interconnecting capacities when
enterprise local networks currently run only at, say, 1 Gigabit per
second" said Steven Wallace, Director and Chief Scientist of the Advanced
Network Management Lab, part of the Pervasive Technology Labs at Indiana
University. "What's important is that these fiber-interconnecting
networks keep pace with rapid developments occurring on the sub-internet
elements; and I-Light certainly will be able to do that long into the

"It's also important to note that we can establish multiple connections
across the I-Light. Sort of like a coronary bypass - we can add as many
routes as we need across the fibers, until the flow allows for all data to
move in an unfettered fashion" said Brian D. Voss, Associate Vice
President for Telecommunications at Indiana University. "While we need
only move at 1-gigabit capacities on any route - or whatever the backbone
rate might be - we have the ability to simply add more connections until
the flow-rate capacity meets demand."

Indiana Virtual Machine Room

I-Light not only presents the opportunity for researchers and scientists
to collaborate more effectively, it also allows the universities to pool
their high-end computational resources to build larger, more effective
facilities for those researchers and scientists to use.

This Fall, Indiana University installed the largest university-owned
supercomputer in the country at its Bloomington campus. It will be
expanding that resource to include nodes in Indianapolis at the IUPUI
campus. At the same time, Purdue's IBM supercomputing capability in West
Lafayette continues to grow and will be integrated with IU resources and
massive data storage to form the Indiana distributed terascale
computational facility.
"Supercomputers, massive data storage facilities, and visualization
environments are easily assembled into 'grids' of virtually unlimited
capabilities" said James Bottum, Vice President for Information Technology
and Chief Information Officer of Purdue University. "That these resources
- some of the largest in the world - are now available in the State of
Indiana cannot be ignored."

A Resource for Today and Tomorrow

"This network will help us illuminate the future - for example by shedding
light on the causes and cures for disease - and create a stronger economy"
said Indiana University President Myles Brand, accepting the Governor's
challenge to the universities to harness this resource. The opportunities
that I-Light provides for sharing of information and ideas, combined with
the talents of the universities' researchers and scientists can lead
Indiana to discoveries that will change our world.

For further information, contact:
Brian D. Voss
Associate Vice President for Telecommunications
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology
Indiana University 812-855-3931

Jerry Sheehan
Associate Vice President for Planning and Operations
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology Purdue University

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Berkeley, Tennessee, SURFnet Participate in First Transatlantic Broadband Videostream Using MotionJPEG-over-IP

Contacts: Lawrence Rowe (510) 642-5117
University of California, Berkeley Multimedia Research Center

Chris Hodge (865) 974-7505
University of Tennessee, SunSITE

Bart Kerver +31 302 305 305
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December 7, 2001. The University of California at Berkeley, the University of Tennessee and SURFnet, the national computer network for higher education and research in the Netherlands, have implemented the first live transatlantic broadband audio and video streams using MotionJPEG-over-IP. The implementation of this technology demonstrates how full-screen, near-TV quality video can be delivered over the Internet using simple, inexpensive hardware and freely available, open source software.

Standard desktop PCs running the Linux operating system and fitted with affordable graphics cards that can compress and decompress MotionJPEG images were used in the trial. Hardware costs averaged approximately $2,000 at each end. Open source software developed by the University of California ( was used to transport the datastream over the Internet, and adapted by SURFnet to support the European PAL video format. The transmitted signal was sent at 16 megabits per second between SunSITE at the University of Tennessee and the SURFnet offices in Utrecht, the Netherlands, using the broadband connection made possible by Internet2 and SURFnet. The use of these technologies provides significantly better video quality than those relying on the H.323 standard. H.323 is the current standard governing interactive audio, video, and data communications in a networked environment.

High-quality realtime video, video-on-demand and videoconferencing are critical for applications such as distance education, telemedicine, and remote scientific collaboration. Based on this initial success, Berkeley, Tennessee and SURFnet will continue to explore ways MotionJPEG-over-IP can be used to stengthen and expand academic instruction and research.
Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, University of California at Berkeley
The Berkeley Multimedia Research Center (BMRC) is an interdisciplinary group of artists, educators, professionals, and scientists who are experimenting with interactive multimedia technology in professional practice, scholarship, and education.

SunSITE, University of Tennessee (
SunSITE is part of an international network of academic and research institutions created by Sun Microsystems to promote the development and deployment of new and emerging technologies.

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SURFnet is the national computer network for higher education and research in the Netherlands. SURFnet interconnects the networks of Dutch universities, polytechnics, research centres, university hospitals en academic libraries, and the world-wide internet. SURFnet uses a high-grade infrastructure and advanced technologies. In the context of GigaPort SURFnet has recently launched the SURFnet5 network, which is among the best research networks in the world.

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20th NORDUnet Networking Conference
15-17 April 2002, Bella Center
Copenhagen, Denmark

December 2001

The NORDUnet 2002 Conference provides a general forum for discussion
of the latest developments in networking technologies and

The 2nd Announcement for the NORDUnet 2002 Conference has been
issued a few weeks ago and should be reaching you by ordinary mail
shortly if you have not already received it. Please do not hesitate
to contact the Conference Secretariat, if you wish to receive
additional copies.

The web site for the NORDUnet 2002 Conference has also been updated, and it is
now possible to register by accessing the section on Registration &
Hotel. We invite you to register before January 1, in order to
benefit from the low registration fee.

The theme of the Conference will be: "Serving the End User". There
will be presentations on the upcoming and very demanding GRID
projects and technology, End-to-End performance, and emerging
wireless and mobile technologies. Furthermore many future technical,
organisational, and political aspects of networking will be
presented and discussed during the conference.

Come to Copenhagen and join us in the effort to make also this
NORDUnet conference a great experience where you combine getting the
latest technical updates with meeting your friends, colleagues and
the network experts of the world.

Peter Villemoes
Chairman of the Programme Committee

Conference Secretariat:
ICS A/S Copenhagen Tel: +45 3946 0500
P.O. Box 41 Fax: +45 3946 0515
Strandvejen 171 E-mail:

DK-2900 Hellerup Web:

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Internet2 Videoconferencing Service Gearing Up
With Site Coordinator Training



Karen Partlow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, (217) 265-0395 or

December 13, 2001-A certification program for Internet2 Commons Site
Coordinators-the first of its kind designed to prepare prospective campus
site coordinators to participate in the new worldwide videoconferencing
service-was held on November 29-30, 2001 at the Pyle Center on the campus of
University Wisconsin-Madison. Forty-four individuals representing nineteen
institutions of higher learning and affiliated organizations, primarily from
the Midwest, attended the training, coordinated by the Committee on
Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Successful completion of this training
certified the participants as eligible to perform the duties of Internet2
Commons Site Coordinator.

The Internet2 Commons is a framework for collaboration throughout the
research and education community that encourages one-to-one, one-to-group,
and group-to-group collaborations. These interactive communications include
meetings, conferences, and activities related to teaching and learning.
While the Internet2 Commons will eventually comprise a large set of
collaboration services, it is initially focusing on services related to
videoconferencing. The services provided by the Internet2 Commons are
available to Internet2 members, Abilene participants, and their
international counterparts. More information about the Internet2 Commons can
be found at
<> .

Sponsors of the training course included the CIC, University of
Wisconsin-Extension and SKC Communications, Inc. The instructors were
nationally recognized professionals in videoconferencing from Indiana
University, Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin-Extension and SKC
Communications, Inc. The course included components on videoconferencing
etiquette, H.323 basics, room design considerations, operating and
troubleshooting procedures, multipoint conferencing, gatekeepers, gateways,
network considerations, Internet2 Commons procedures, and hands-on
The course planning committee expects to refine the curriculum based on the
results from the training evaluation and then provide this training again,
possibly in late spring 2002.

Founded in 1958, the CIC is a consortium of 12 research universities
including the 11 members of the Big Ten Athletic Conference and the
University of Chicago. For more information about the CIC, visit their Web
site at <> .

Karen M. Partlow
Program Administrator, Learning & Information Technologies
Committee on Institutional Cooperation
302 E. John St., Suite 1705, Champaign, Illinois 61820-5698
Phone: (217) 265-0395 Fax: (217) 244-7127

Web site: <>
Secretary: Cindy Chastain,

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