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Building research and education networks through collaboration

Building Research and Education Networks Through Collaboration

Rick Summerhill

Chief Technology Consultant, Internet2

ICTRF 2010

Khalifa University9 May, 2010

Overview Collaboration

Why Research and Education Networks?

Collaboration From the Beginning

Technology and the Network

More than Just the Network

Conclusions and the Importance of Collaboration

Why r e networks
Why R&E Networks? Collaboration

Large data flows and other special requirements on such flows

The ability to examine and develop new network capabilities

Providing platforms to support network research

Provide a vehicle for collaborative development of network applications

Why r e networks large flows
Why R&E Networks? Large Flows Collaboration

Historically, research traffic has challenged the capabilities of commodity networks

Flows can be very large

They can also require significant traffic shaping

Flows in the commercial internet tend to be fairly small – they typically lag behind the research community

Research Projects like the LHC, LIGO, and DUSEL require significant data transfers across multiple R&E networks

LHC Collaboration

The Large Hadron Collider

Huge data flows processed and sent to Tier 1 sites around the world, and then on to Universities (Tier 2 and 3 sites) and and other Labs, typically connected through R&E networks.

A participating university might require data flows of 10 Gbps for hours on end.

The collider and CMS

eVLBI Collaboration

Very Large Baseline Interferometry

Combine radio telescope images over wide baselines.

Perfect example of a project that can utilize dedicated network capabilities

DUSEL Collaboration

Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory

Supports the underground needs of major scientific fields.

Getting the data to researchers all over the world depends on interconnecting R&E networks

Large data projects
Large Data Projects Collaboration

Just three of many such projects currently underway

Note that the success of all of these projects, depends strongly on collaboration

And all depend on interconnected networks that depend on collaboration between networks and within R&E network communities

For Further Information and

Why r e networks new ideas
Why R&E Networks? New Ideas! Collaboration

Development of new network protocols and properties

Hybrid networks – integrating circuit and packet switched technologies

Performance and monitoring systems such as perfSONAR – a world-wide development project

Providing data network performance for the network research community


Example hybrid virtualized networks using openflow
Example: CollaborationHybrid (Virtualized) Networks using OpenFlow

  • Research Projects Coexisting with Production Services

  • Collaboration between Stanford Research group and Internet2

Middleware national identity management federations
Middleware - CollaborationNational Identity Management Federations






Australia (AAF)

Canada (CAF)

Croatia ([email protected])

Czech Republic (

Denmark (WAYF)

Finland (HAKA)

France (CRU)

Germany (DFN-AAI)

Greece (HEAL-Link)

Hungary (NIIF)

Italy (IDEM)

Japan (学認 / Gakunin)

New Zealand (AAF)

Norway (FEIDE)

Oman (Oman-KID)


Sweden (Federation SwamID)

Switzerland (SWITCHaai)

The Netherlands (SURFnet)

United Kingdom (UK Access Fed.)

United States (InCommon)

Why r e networks1
Why R&E Networks? Collaboration

Providing platforms for research on networking and collaborating with network researchers on protocols new developments

Providing infrastructure for projects like the GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations)

Perhaps most importantly knowledge transfer between participants and keeping abreast of the changing requirements of the research and education community

Collaboration from the beginning
Collaboration From The Beginning Collaboration

Before the Internet became an essential resource in our lives, networking was primarily dependent on proprietary protocols

BITNET was an example

From the early days of the Internet, however, open protocols became the norm, and building such networks depended on collaboration within the R&E community

In the US, the IP network was dependent on research groups and universities (and later corporations) forming regional networks and connecting those networks to a backbone, which was then interconnected to other networks

Indeed, the “Internet” means the interconnection of networks!

Collaboration from the beginning1
Collaboration From The Beginning Collaboration

The NSF in the US was essential in this development

The same basic hierarchies continue today, although in a much more complicated network universe

Moreover, the fact that there is no central authority over the Internet means that networks must work together to provide services – that is especially true in the R&E world.

This begs the need for even greater collaboration between researchers, educators, and networks at all levels – campus, state, regional, national, and international

Technology and building networks
Technology and Building Networks Collaboration

In the early days of networking, R&E networks typically leased circuits from telcos and controlled just the routers at the IP layer

This was true, for example, for Internet2 and its first network, called “Abilene”

The Partners in that project were the universities, regional networks then called gigapops, and the formation of Internet2 as an organization

It also included three very important commercial partners: Cisco, Nortel, and Qwest! It became clear that collaborations between the R&E network community had to extend to the commercial sector.

In today’s world, however, it is typical for R&E networks to control all layers in the protocol stack

That means from the fiber up to higher level protocols!

Building networks
Building Networks Collaboration

Major Questions:

Who are the participants in the network?

Where are the connectors to the network?

What physical medium is available to connect those sites?

Who will manage the network?

Layer 0

What fiber is available, and how is it available – long term IRUs, for example?

Do you have to build your own fiber, and what partners might you do that with?

What are the properties of the fiber – types, hut spacing, etc.

Building networks continued
Building Networks, continued Collaboration

Layer 1

Is support for multiple waves needed on the network?

What is the availability of wave equipment for the fiber footprint? Hut spacing, for example

What are the regeneration requirements? How often does drop add have to be done, for example? What about OEO versus long optical paths?

Do your connectors need dedicated circuits for special requirements?

What are the bandwidth requirements? 100Gbps?

Do sub-wave circuits need to be supported?

Layer 2

Is a separate layer 2 switching component needed or can it be incorporated at layer 3?

Do connectors expect dedicated vLANs, for example?

Building networks continued1
Building Networks, continued Collaboration

Layer 3

Are there special routing requirements?

Do lower layers need to be supported at the IP layer? For example, MPLS?

Management and Operations

Who will manage the network?

How will connectors interface with management operations?

The KISS principle is important to remember in all these considerations!

Building networks continued2
Building Networks, continued Collaboration

Interestingly enough, the R&E community in the United States went through this process within the last two months as part of a proposal for an expanded network.

The process involved a collaboration between many different entities and partners


Regional Networks

Other Collaborations formed from Regional Networks

Internet2 and NLR

Commercial providers like Cisco, Ciena/Nortel, Juniper, Infinera, Level3, etc.

The process was a huge effort that could not have been done without collaboration!

Much more than just a network
Much More than Just a Network! Collaboration

It’s what users, and in particular, researchers can do on the network!

The organization provides the vehicle, and indeed the encouragement, to develop new applications and uses of the network.

Consider the recent IDEA awards at the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting.

Echo Damp - a software multi-channel audio mixer and echo controller designed primarily for a high performance network

REDDnet – a large distributed storage facility for data-intensive collaboration among the researchers

Worldview – a hands-on network visualization system

Shibboleth – federated single sign-on software

Initiatives and special communities
Initiatives and special communities Collaboration

  • Bring together thought leaders from member organizations and broader research and education community

  • Work together to advance frontiers of network-enabled applications in various communities of interest

  • Arts and Humanities, Health Sciences, Health Network, Science and Engineering, K20, Network Research

Enabling tomorrows discoveries
Enabling Tomorrows Discoveries Collaboration

Network technology advancement is the means, not the end




Quality of Life





  • R&E thought leaders hail from a wide range of disciplines

  • Next-generation cyberinfrastructure impacts the lives of people today—wherever they are, whatever their interests

  • We focused earlier on science, but …

Health sciences health network initiatives
Health Sciences, Health Network Initiatives Collaboration

  • Facilitates creation and enhancement of advanced health applications, identifies guidelines and solutions

  • Extends connectivity to new and underserved areas

  • Extends education and training: live surgery events

  • Extends research: provides access to large datasets

Arts humanities initiative
Arts & Humanities Initiative Collaboration

  • Opens a new, global stage to a worldwide audience via high-definition broadcasts

  • Opens master classes and auditions to remote musicians

  • Enables live multi-site performances

  • Unlocks important content collections to worldwide audiences

  • Holds performance production workshops

K20 initiative
K20 Initiative Collaboration

  • Connects over 65,000 community anchor institutions

  • CAHSEE: Stepping Into Your Future

  • Riverbluff: Broadcasts from an Ice Age cave

  • NASA scientists take educators on “earth missions”

  • Muse site connects K20 members and enthusiasts

Conclusions Collaboration

Research and education networks provide a vehicle to support essential collaborations:

For the research community

To develop new networking concepts and ideas

For the development of new applications

For education on a world-wide basis

To encourage collaborations in many different disciplines

Research and education networks require collaboration on many different levels – between educational institutions; other regional, national, and international networks; and with both corporate and governmental entities to provide advanced services to the R&E community!

Thank You! Collaboration