Fall 2003 Internet2 Member Meeting
October 13-16, 2003
The Fall 2003 Internet2 Member Meeting was
held Monday, October 13 through Thursday, October 16, 2003, at the
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Approximately
650 individuals from a wide range of communities and disciplines registered
for the Meeting. The meeting officially began on Tuesday morning, October
14 and concluded at noon on Thursday, October 16. Pre- and post-meeting
activities, including tutorials, working group meetings, and workshops,
were held on Sunday, October 12, Monday, October 13, Thursday afternoon,
October 16, and Friday, October 17.
On Monday evening, the Welcome Reception at the hotel gave attendees a chance
to find colleagues and relax as the meeting got underway. On Tuesday evening,
a reception and event at the Ruth Lilly Health Education Center featured
demonstrations, presentations, and exhibits dealing with issues surrounding
health education delivery and assessment for those in the K/20, health science,
and international communities. On Wednesday evening, the Gala Reception at
the Indiana State Museum included two demonstrations--a large-scale, multinational
performance event and a demo on antiphonal music—as well as showings of the
IMAX movie “Cyberworld”.
Fifteen advanced application demos were featured at the Fall Meeting,
showing a wide range of technologies from integrated videoconferencing
with web and instant messaging to network analyzers for performance
metrics. The Meeting track sessions focused on innovative applications
and the underlying high-performance network infrastructures that enable
them. The program included track sessions covering advanced applications,
including medical and video applications, applications security, and
case studies in the use of the network for teaching and learning; updates
on federated authentication, PKI, and directories; and network security
and performance engineering projects. Collaborations with international
networking organizations and the K/20 community were also featured,
as were discussions on cyberinfrastructure and campus bandwidth management.
The program also included updates on national and regional networking
initiatives, including Abilene, and early work in exploring hybrid
optical packet infrastructures.
Governor Joseph E. Kernan, State of Indiana, Michael McRobbie, Vice
President for Information Technology and CIO and Vice President for
Research at Indiana University, and Doug Van Houweling, President,
Internet2, welcomed attendees at the Opening Plenary on October 14.
The main plenary speaker was Paul Messina, Distinguished Senior Computer
Scientist at Argonne National Lab, Visiting Professor at CERN and Visiting
Research Scholar at the University of Southern California, and recently
retired as Assistant Vice President for Scientific Computing at the
California Institute of Technology. His talk, “CyberInfrastructure:
Promises and Challenges,” reflected his background and service on the
NSF's Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure, and addressed
ways to accelerate the emergence of a true global infrastructure.
John Delaney, Professor in the School of Oceanography at the University
of Washington, gave the Closing Plenary on Thursday, October 16. His
talk, “The NEPTUNE Regional Cabled Ocean Observatory: Interactive Networks
of Remotely Operated Submarine Laboratories,” described the NEPTUNE
facility, a joint U.S./Canadian project, which is an ocean observatory
in the northeast Pacific Ocean intended to serve as a community resource
for a broad range of educational and research uses. NEPTUNE capitalizes
on advances in sensor technologies, robotic systems, high-speed communication,
nanotechnology, and dramatically escalating capabilities to computationally
simulate reality. Also, during the Closing Plenary, a team consisting
of members from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and
CERN was announced as the winner of the Internet2 Land Speed Record.
The international team transferred 1.1 terabytes of data across more
than 7,000 kilometers (nearly 4,300 miles) of network in less than
30 minutes, representing an average rate of more than 5.44 gigabits
per second--more than 20,000 times faster than a typical home broadband
2004 Internet2 Member Meeting will be held in Arlington,
Virginia, April 19-22. The Internet2 website will publish details of
the meeting starting in January 2004.