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Internet2 and its resources for research and education

Internet2 and its Resources for Research and Education

Jennifer Oxenford Associate DirectorRutgers Cyberinfrastructure Day April 4, 2006

What is internet2
What is Internet2?

  • The Research and Education Network for the United States

  • Led by 206 research universities

  • Close collaborations with government: NIH, NSF, NLM, NASA, to name only a few

  • An organization that serves academic and technology needs at all levels of education

  • A venue that brings together academics and scientists from all over the world

Internet2 mission and goals
Internet2 Mission and Goals

  • Internet2 Mission = Develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow’s Internet.

  • Internet2 Goals

    • Enable new generation of applications

    • Re-create leading edge R&E network capability

    • Transfer technology and experience to the global production Internet

Internet2 today
Internet2 Today


End-to-end Performance







Keys to the future of the internet
Keys to the Future of the Internet

  • Connectivity

    • Reliable

    • Scalable

    • High performance

  • Architectural evolution

  • Reach

  • Ease of use, privacy, and security

  • Integration with advanced applications

Internet2 universities 206 university members october 2005
Internet2 Universities206 University Members, October 2005

Abilene the backbone
Abilene (the Backbone)

Participating institutions include:

206 University members, 12 Corporate partners,

11 Corporate sponsors, 48 Corporate members,

and 43 Affiliates

Internet2 international partners
Internet2 International Partners

Europe-Middle East

ARNES (Slovenia)BELNET (Belgium)

CARNET (Croatia)

CESnet (Czech Republic)

DANTE (Europe)

DFN-Verein (Germany)

FCCN (Portugal)

GARR (Italy)


GRNET (Greece)

HEAnet (Ireland)


Israel-IUCC (Israel)

NORDUnet (Nordic Countries)

POL-34 (Poland)

Qatar Foundation (Qatar)

RedIRIS (Spain)

RESTENA (Luxemburg)

RIPN (Russia)

SANET (Slovakia)

Stichting SURF (Netherlands)

SWITCH (Switzerland)

JISC, UKERNA (United Kingdom)


AAIREP (Australia)

APAN (Asia-Pacific)

ANF (Korea)


JAIRC (Japan)

JUCC (Hong Kong)

SingAREN (Singapore)


TANet2 (Taiwan)

NGI-NZ (New Zealand)

TERENA (Europe)



TENET (South Africa)


CANARIE (Canada)

CLARA (Latin America & Caribbean)

CEDIA (Ecuador)

CNTI (Venezuela)

CR2Net (Costa Rica)

CUDI (Mexico)

REUNA (Chile)

RETINA (Argentina)

RNP [FAPESP] (Brazil)

SENACYT (Panama)

Last updated: 1 October2005

K20 initiative
K20 Initiative

  • Connect and engage K-12s, museums, libraries, science and cultural centers, aquariums, community colleges, etc.

  • Increased opportunities for joint funding, collaboration with Higher ed, student attraction, enhanced learning and education

What is magpi
What is MAGPI?

MAGPI Defined

MAGPI is a regional aggregation point for Internet2. We serve the Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey research and education communities.

MAGPI Mission

To introduce new technology

To collaboratively develop new applications with our subscribers

To make access to these technologies and applications economical and sustainable

Current members

Arcadia University

Capital Area IU

Carbon Lehigh IU

Chester County IU

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Center for Advancing Partnerships in Education (CAPE)

Delaware County IU

DeSales University

Fox Chase Cancer Center

The Franklin Institute

Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals

Lafayette College

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Lehigh University

Lehigh Valley Hospital

Mont. Co. Intermediate Unit

Mont. Co. Community College

NJEDge.Net – State R&E Network for N.J.

Princeton University

CERMUSA / St. Francis University

Temple University

Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital

Tuscarora IU

University of Delaware

University of Pennsylvania

University of Scranton

Villanova University

Widener University

Current Members

Upcoming prospective members
Upcoming/Prospective Members

  • Community College of Philadelphia

  • Philadelphia School District

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra

  • University of the Arts

  • Academy of Natural Sciences

  • National Constitution Center

  • WHYY

Good things happening in pennsylvania
Good Things Happening in Pennsylvania

  • Act 183 – Creation of the E-Fund

    *…“establishing the Broadband Outreach and Aggregation Fund; “…

    The creation of Wide Area Networks that provide broadband connectivity to school districts

    *Senate Actions 2003-2004 Regular Session, Thursday, November 18, 2004

Internet2 capacity yeah it s fast
Internet2 Capacity (yeah, it’s fast)

Internet2 6 Seconds

56 kbps




25 Hours

6.4 Hours

168 Hours

74 Hours

Time Required to Download2-hour Course Lecture DVD

Making connections across technologies
Making Connections Across Technologies

  • e-VLBI astronomers leverage end-to-end performance tools to fine-tune instrument connectivity

  • Corporate members build on Shibboleth to implement authorization services in products

  • Earthquake researchers routinely use the Internet2 Commons videoconferencing

Inter disciplinary partnerships catalyse new uses
Inter-Disciplinary Partnerships Catalyse New Uses

  • Direct Visualizations

  • Data Collection/Integration

  • Data Mining

  • Device Intercommunication

  • Haptic Immersion

  • Augmented Dexterity

  • Advanced Sensors

  • Wireless Data Collection

  • Economic Models for Reimbursement Realities

Image courtesy of:

Dr. Christopher Johnson, Director of the

SCI Institute


Enhanced surgical planning
Enhanced Surgical Planning

  • Training

  • Pre-surgical planning

  • Interoperative segmentation

  • Brain atlas

  • fMRI

Ron Kikinis, M.D., Steve Pieper, Ph.D., Simon Warfield, Ph.D.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, NIH, Harvard Medical School

Funded by NCRR/NIH

New methods of health science research
New Methods of HealthScience Research

Synthetic worlds
Synthetic Worlds

  • Otherwise known as massive multiplayer interactive games

  • Over 5 million “inhabitants” today

    • Doubling every 18 months

    • About 2% of the Internet-connected population age 14-28 spend more time in the synthetic world than in the real world

  • Linked to the real world

    • Physical artifacts like playing cards

    • Ebay auctions for “money” and resources

      • Real people make real money

Pic simulation and dose calculations
PIC Simulation and Dose Calculations

  • PIC Simulations to study proton acceleration using laser induced plasmas

    • Collaborating with JAERI and NTT of Japan who provide computational facilities, FCCC provides the clinical application of this research

    • Data transfer requirements of up to 10 Gb

    • Goal to provide theoretical basis for laser accelerated proton beam radiotherapy

  • Monte Carlo Studies

    • Accurate dose calculation and treatment validation for radiotherapy

    • Typical data package for remote dose computation is about 100-500 Mb

    • Goal is to establish network based treatment planning and dose verification for radiotherapy

Remote pathology consults
Remote Pathology Consults

  • Using DVTS (Digital Video Transport System) at 30 Mbps, Multicast

  • Pathology faculty across four regional hospitals can conduct regular virtual consults with superior high quality images and minimal delay in transmitted slide manipulation

Dr. Michael Feldman, UPENN

Dr. David Foran, UMDNJ

Undersea oceanography
Undersea Oceanography

Images National Geographic

National digital mammography archive
National Digital Mammography Archive

University of Toronto

University of Chicago

University of


Oakridge National Laboratory

University of North Carolina

Dr. Robert Hollobeek, NSCP

Images courtesy of:

Dr. Robert Hollebeek, NCSA

Changing teaching and learning in the 21 st century classroom
Changing Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom

What Internet2 Offers:

  • Real Time Collaboration

  • Immediate Access to Expertise and/or Audiences

  • Geographical Distribution

  • Authentic Learning Environments

  • High Quality, Real-Time Audio and Video Interaction => Engagement

Why internet2
Why Internet2?

  • The student who will enter medical school in 5 10 years can absorb multiple channels of information






note taking



Slide courtesy Parvati Dev, Stanford

Internet2 and its resources for research and education

Rich Multimedia Libraries: The Research Channel

Internet2 and its resources for research and education

Rich Multimedia LibrariesTeachers’ Domain - WGBH

Rich multimedia libraries nsdl national science digital library
Rich Multimedia Libraries NSDL – National Science Digital Library

International collaborations leni basso group motion danceco
International Collaborations Leni-Basso / Group Motion DanceCo.

  • DVTS

  • Keio University in Tokyo and Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

  • Live rehearsal and critique of “Rondo”

Game film project
Game Film Project

  • Interactive Game Film Project

  • Used Access Grid

  • Apple Servers run out of MAGPI

  • Access Grid support by Penn Video Network

  • International University Collaboration between 13 schools

Distributed medical simulation
Distributed Medical Simulation

  • CERMUSA/St. Francis University partnering with USUHS and others

  • Using DVTS (Digital Video Transport System) at 30 Mbps, Multicast

  • Medical Education and Distributed Patient Simulations

Immersive segmentation
Immersive Segmentation

3-D medical simulation based on the virtual human project

Distributed interactive collaborative segmentation

Evaluating hosting the dataset locally on MAGPI for regional access by schools/hospitals

Dr. Steven Senger, Univ. of Wisconsin, La Crosse Scientific Visualization Project

Internet2 and its resources for research and education

High Performance Group-to-Group Collaboration ; 150 sites worldwide

Internet2 dv guide http db arts usf edu dvguide default asp
Internet2 DV Guide

Arena atlas http arena internet2 edu

Nlanr http dast nlanr net aad

  • Over 4,000 applications

  • Projects and resources from more than 30 countries

  • Developed by UIUC, funded by NSF

  • Also searchable from

I2 working groups sigs bofs

Health Sciences

Medical Middleware

Veterinary Medicine

Arts & Humanities

Arts Performance

High Energy and Nuclear Physics

Geospatial Apps

Orthopaedic Surgery


Bioethics (proposed)


I2 Working Groups, SIGs, BoFs

  • Voice over IP

  • Digital Video

  • VidMid VC

  • VidMidVoD

  • ResearchChannel

  • Network Storage

  • Presence & Integrated Communications

  • Teaching & Learning

Federated authentication
Federated Authentication

  • Scalable, decentralized infrastructure

  • Critical to a broad range of initiatives

  • Being adopted and implemented

    • Industry

    • International partners

  • Middleware is an increasingly enabling element

  • Examples:


  • A layer of software between the network and the applications

    • Authentication

    • Identification

    • Authorization

    • Directories

    • Security

Internet2 middleware initiative
Internet2 Middleware Initiative

  • Internet2 community has unique needs and capabilities

    • Middleware Architecture Committee for Education

    • Early Harvest and Early Adopters

    • Internet2 PKI Labs

    • Shibboleth (authentication)

    • Computational middleware (Beta Grid)

    • Medical middleware

    • Directories

Get and stay involved
Get and Stay Involved

  • Talk with your campus IT folks and local Internet2 liaisons to MAGPI

  • Seek/be faculty/student champions

  • Follow and join MAGPI K20 User Group/Forums

  • Sign-up for MAGPI PD or VC Training

  • Host/attend an Internet2 Event

  • Participate in Virtual Events - Megaconference, Gigaconference, Keystone, etc

  • Send me feedback/updates/inquiries

  • Have a “virtual beer” with other I2 champions

The magpi k20 support network
The MAGPI K20 Support Network

  • K20 User Group and Virtual Forums

  • Tri-State Database

  • K20 Portal

  • K20 Newsletter

  • Training

    • Videoconferencing/I2 Commons Training

    • Curriculum Integration/Professional Development

More information
More Information









Q a thank you
Q&A - Thank you!

Contact Info:

Jennifer Oxenford