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  • 1. International Networkingat Indiana University
    James Williams
    Director, International Networking
  • 2. Indiana University’s commitment to international activities
    “The value of an IU education cannot be contained within one classroom, one state, or one continent. It spans the globe.”
    President Michael McRobbie
    February 15, 2008
  • 3. Topics
    Wandering general observations
    A bit of international networking history
    Where are we today?
    The global picture of international networking
    Where are we headed at Indiana?
  • 4. High-performance networking as a tool
    • To facilitate international collaborations in research and education
    • 5. To provide for sharing of expensive/scarce resources (telescopes, microscopes, physical locations …)
    • 6. To facilitate access to scientific materials and databases
    • 7. To enable one-way and site-to-site telepresence (remote medical activities)
    • 8. Science diplomacy
  • The NSF International Research Network Connections Project Leverage and Partnerships
    Key IRNC concepts:
    Much more extensive network development and connectivity than IRNC only funding would permit.
    Fostering/developing more active relationships between US and non-US network engineers.
    Leads to better international scientific and technical interactions
  • 9. A bit of history
    • It all began with Michael McRobbie
    • 10. TransPAC – connecting Indiana to Asia
    • 11. Michael moves on, Jim moves in…
    • 12. TransPAC2 – more Asia, and Pakistan
  • TransPAC
    • HPIIS, Steve Goldstein, APAN and San Francisco
    • 13. 35Mbps ATM service from Chicago to Tokyo purchased from AT+T (1998)
    • 14. Cost – about $130,000/month
    • 15. Gradually increased bandwidth (155Mbps; 2 x 622Mbps)
  • 16. TransPAC2 (2005)
    • Michael moves on to bigger things (VP–Research; Provost; President)
    • 17. IRNC replaces HPIIS
    • 18. Jim leads TP2 effort
    • 19. TransPAC2 10Gbps – cost about $45,000/month (2005)
    • 20. Extension to Pakistan in 2008
  • TransPAC2 Asia partners
    • TransPAC2 Co-investigator partner – Internet2
    • 21. TransPAC2 Asia regional partner – APAN http://www.apan.net
    • 22. TransPAC2 Japanese partners – National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and the National Institute of Informatics (NII)
    • 23. TransPAC2 – EU TEIN2 partnership http://www.tein2.net/
  • TransPAC2 Overview
  • 24. Extension to Pakistan
    • Connection to Asia funded by US National Science Foundation and partners in Japan
    • 25. Connection to Pakistan funded by US National Science Foundation and Pakistan Higher Education Commission
    • 26. My trip to Pakistan is blogged at: http://jiminpakistan.blogspot.com
  • 27.
  • 28.
  • 29. Where are we today?
    • Indiana is a major participant (along with UT-Knoxville) in international networking
    • 30. We have two new, large NSF awards – ACE and TP3 (map next)
    • 31. We have significant international partnerships with other NRENS
    • 32. We are investigating workshops as a mechanism for strengthening international collaborations [US-India; US-Vietnam; US-Czech Republic].
    See: http://internationalnetworking.indiana.edu/
  • 33. Two new initiatives/networks
    America Connects to Europe (ACE)
    TransPAC3: US connection to Asia
  • 34. TransPAC3 – Connecting Asia and the US
    • Lead institution: Indiana University
    • 35. PI: Jim Williams
    • 36. Partners: APAN, TEIN3, NICT-Japan, NII-Japan, CERNET – China, DLT, others…
    • 37. Multiple 10G connections from the US to Asia
    • 38. Connections continued to South East Asia and South Asia
    • 39. Connection to TEIN3 network provides link to Europe
    • 40. Connection to Taj network provides second link to Asia, Europe and North Africa
    • 41. Asia part of TP3-TEIN3-GN3-ACE global network
  • ACE – American Connects to Europe
    • Lead institution: Indiana University
    • 42. PI: Jim Williams
    • 43. Partners: DANTE, NYSERNet, Internet2, DLT and others…
    • 44. Multiple 10G connections between the US and Europe
    • 45. Connections continued across GN3 and TEIN3 to Asian and TP3
    • 46. Will partner with GLORIAD to provide backup and service redundancy
    • 47. Trans-Atlantic part of TP3-TEIN3-GN3-ACE global network
  • 48. Other international activities
    • But, Indiana University is not the only US university interested in international activities…
    • 49. UT-Knoxville is home to the GLORAID/Taj projects which also supply global bandwidth
    • 50. Florida International University supplies US-Latin/South America connectivity
    • 51. Georgetown and Duke have well developed international outreach activities and campuses in the Middle East and Asia
    • 52. MIT has a well-known partnership with Singapore.
    • 53. And there are many others
  • 54. So, where are we headed at Indiana?
    Focus some attention on underserved areas (Africa, Central Asia, South Asia)
    Provide services beyond bandwidth (utilization, e-2-e, DC, security)
    Develop better tools for scientists
    Work as a community to being planning for future science experiments (gene sequencing; SKA; “brighter” LHC; ITER)
  • 55. Interesting URLs
    TransPAC2: http://www.transpac2.net
    APAN: http://www.apan.net
    Pakistan blog: http://jiminpakistan.blogspot.com
    NSF IRNC program: http://www.irnclinks.net
    GlobalNOC: http://globalnoc.iu.edu
    Me: williams@indiana.edu