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  • Subject: [I2-NEWS] SC12 Conference Features Big Data Science Ena bled by the Internet2 Network—The Fastest Nationwide Re search & Education Network
  • Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:14:13 -0500 (EST)

SC12 Conference Features Big Data Science Enabled by the Internet2
Network—The Fastest Nationwide Research & Education Network

NASA, NOAA, and University physicists showcase global discoveries in
High-Energy Physics, Climate Research, Space and Atmospheric Science using
the Internet2 Network and its advanced capabilities

Salt Lake City—(Nov. 12, 2012)—Internet2 community members including the
National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and many leading university-based
researchers will demonstrate this week at the 24th annual SC Conference
(SC12) how the advanced Internet2 Network supports high-energy physics
research, such as the search for the Higgs boson particle, and climate and
atmospheric science for improved predictions of extreme weather, like
Hurricane Sandy.

To support the scientists at SC12, Internet2 deployed three 100 Gigabit
Ethernet links to its new Software Defined Networking (SDN)-based Advanced
Layer 2 Service, as well as two 10 GE links to its Research and Education IP
backbone for a record-shattering capacity of 320 Gigabits from a single
provider. In addition, Internet2 staff co-chaired the effort to measure and
characterize all 772 Gigabits of capacity into SC12.

Groundbreaking technologies within the recently deployed Internet2 Network
upgrade combine more than 15,000 miles of transcontinental 8.8 Tbps network
with the first open, national-scale production network utilizing SDN and
OpenFlow, standards. The 100 GE Internet2 connections also support key
components of next-generation networking technology for collaborative Big
Data research in many disciplines. At the Internet2 booth, Brocade, Ciena,
Juniper and Internet2 networking and cyber infrastructure experts will
discuss the advanced capabilities of the Internet2 Network and demonstrate
how it supports the world’s most advanced scientific research.

“Breakthrough discoveries in atomic physics, climate science, and cancer
research require the most advanced technologies available,” said Internet2
President and CEO Dave Lambert. “Internet2’s unwavering commitment to
providing the capabilities to our community that meet the rapidly evolving
demands of research has never been stronger or more capable. We look forward
to providing ongoing support to NASA, NOAA and their university-based
research counterparts as our community continues to accelerate new global
discoveries, together.”

Internet2 Community Demonstrations:
The Internet2 Network and other community technologies will support many SC12
demonstrations featuring advanced science and research, next-generation
networking technology, and widespread international collaboration

NOAA Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Research and Weather Briefings (Internet2
Booth #1042): Animated images on a room sized, global display system that
uses computers and video projectors to display planetary atmospheric storms,
climate change data, and ocean temperatures – along with an overview of the
current weather patterns in real-time for Salt Lake City, the United States
and the world.

NASA Climate Supercomputing (Internet2 Booth#1042): High-resolution global
simulations are realistically representing our atmosphere at resolutions
approaching those of many satellite observations. This advance provides a
unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth’s climate system.

SDN, OpenFlow, and 100 Gigabit Networking Expert Presentations (Internet2
Booth #1042): Lead architects of the first open, national-scale SDN and
OpenFlow network will present on support for GENI and new innovations in the
Internet2 Network. David Meyer, Brocade CTO – a leading authority on SDN and
Internet Routing; Thomas D. Nadeau, Juniper CTO Office Distinguished
Engineer; and Jim Archuleta, Ciena Director of Government Solutions will also
provide presentations highlighting Ciena’s unique support for critical R&E
community efforts and cyber infrastructures.

Efficient Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Data Distribution across 100 Gbps
Networks (California Institute of Technology-Caltech/CACR Booth #809): The
Internet2 Network and Advanced Layer 2 Service supports these unique data
movement tools used to support analysis of the same types of data leading to
the recent potential Higgs Boson discoveries at the LHC, which produces data
flows of more than 100 Petabytes per year, and increasingly relies on the
efficient movement of data sets between the globally distributed computing
sites. This demonstration will interconnect three major LHC Tier-2 computing
sites and the SC12 show floor (booth #809) using 100 Gbps technology (and all
of Internet2’s Advanced Layer 2 Service links to SC12) through a
collaboration between Caltech, the University of Victoria, and the University
of Michigan – with support from industry partners.

Clemson OpenParks Grid (OPG) – Connecting Parks and Public Lands'
Professionals Around the World (Internet2 Booth #1042): The purpose of OPG is
to unite the highly-distributed parks community of managers, researchers,
policymakers, and citizens through the development and use of
cyberinfrastructure, to foster a greater distribution of knowledge and
facilitate more informed, science-based management decisions.

Visualizing Big Environmental Data Sets–MesoWest (Internet2 Booth #1042):
Real-time weather observations are critical for protection of life and
property every day, but particularly so during events such as Hurricane
Sandy. University of Utah researchers collaborate with the National Weather
Service to access, archive, disseminate, and visualize weather information

Visualizing the Network (Internet2 Booth #1042):
Come touch and see the Internet2 infrastructure with this integrated demo of
Worldview and Science on a Sphere. Use Worldview's Multi-touch interface to
explore the Internet2 infrastructure while simultaneously displaying on SoS.
This demonstration showcases the AL2S network, the phases of the BTOP fiber
build, and other relevant components, using WorldView, an interactive
three-dimensional, real-time network visualization system that makes the
complex world of network data easily accessible. Developed by the Indiana
University Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC), WorldView
is a unique technology and easy-to-use for network engineers and non-experts

About Internet2
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nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a
collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to
solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in
support of their educational, research, and community service missions. For
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