Welcome to Community Update, December 2016

Welcome to the Internet2 Community Update! Our December 2016 issue includes updates on the Internet2 Network, Trust and Identity, NET+ services, a sampling of news from the community, the buzz from some great events and social media—and a holiday wish.

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Internet2 News

Internet2 Network Papers Update & Next Steps

Internet2 Network Infrastructure Topology (cropped)Based on a Call for Papers issued this fall to the community, a workshop is planned for January 2017 in Tempe, Arizona that will bring together community stakeholders who have submitted a white paper. The response to the call has been strong, with 35 papers submitted that address a wide range of topics. A community review team is selecting papers and helping staff prepare for the conversation in January. The desired outcome of the workshop is to have a report of key requirements, recommendations and areas for further exploration on a number of topics including network architecture, Internet2’s role in the community, service differentiation, end-to-end coordination amongst participants in the R&E ecosystem and others. 

Internet2 Collaborates on Joint FCC Business Data Services Filing

FCC filing imageOn October 20, Internet2, along with EDUCAUSE, the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), filed an ex parte letter with the FCC in support of Internet2 and EDUCAUSE’s comments in the Business Data Services proceeding. The letter expressed support for the recommendations made in the original filing, which included that (1) the FCC’s proposed definition of BDS is overbroad and does not apply to private networks like those operated by Internet2 and its regional network partners; and (2) there is no policy justification for regulating the specialized networking arrangements offered by the R&E community as BDS. In light of the 2016 election results, the FCC has removed consideration of the BDS rules from its next open meeting agenda. It is not yet known whether the FCC will continue with this proceeding in the next Administration. Read the filing.

November NET+ Cloud Highlights

Internet2 Cloud logoGet the latest NET+ Cloud News: Zoom joins NET+; Cybersecurity resources; blog features on SIP, Keeper, Canvas, Google Cloud Platform, and more. Plus, new recorded webinar resources feature DocuSign, Vidyo/Canvas Integration and Autism Telehealth.

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Blog Posts

Trust and Identity Recap

Trust and Identity graphicTrust and Identity news this month includes two separate Trust and Identity Consultations, a December IAM Online on TIER, an InCommon proof-of-concept in support of increased security incident response internationally and the TIER November Newsletter, with a blog on "InCommon and TIER Better Together" and a new TIER contributor profile.

The Quest to Scale 'Above the Net' Services Globally

'Above the Net' workshop attendeesThis blog post by Shel Waggener recaps the recent two-day workshop on the quest to scale “Above the Net” services globally. Held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, the workshop hosted 45 technologists from around the world representing more than 25 different national research and education networks (NRENs).

Patching and DevOps: A Match for Today's IT

Trust and Identity graphicThis blog post is an extension of a Rugged DevOps presentation at the 2016 Technology Exchange, focusing on the concept of incorporating security into the DevOps pipeline and extends to discuss “shifting left” and how it helps with application patching.

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Community News

Regional Profile

Touching presentation symbolizes OARnet’s efforts

OARnet and BdREN partnershipRead how the connections forged and fostered between OARnet and the Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN) run much deeper than the dark fiber comprising the well-known network.

Regional Profile

MCNC works to extend federated trust and identity solutions to K-12, Community Colleges in North Carolina

MCNC logoMCNC has announced a first-in-the-nation proof-of-concept to extend InCommon federated identity management technologies to K-12 education and community colleges in North Carolina—giving them the ability to access a wide array of online educational resources using secure credentials.

Internet2 Mourns the Loss of Former NSF Director Erich Bloch

Erich Bloch (NSF)Internet2 will remember Bloch most for his integral role in supporting the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET), a "network of networks" that gave rise to today's internet. "Erich Bloch's support for the NSFNET project was firm and unequivocal," said Stephen Wolff, Internet2, principal scientist. "From turning away gaggles of telco lawyers asserting that NSF was trespassing on their turf, to defending the choice of the TCP/IP protocols against the proponents of other networking schemes, he always had our back."

SC16: World’s Most Powerful Network

SC16 and SCinetWhere was the fastest, most innovative computer network in the world from November 13–18? At the SC16 conference, of course, held this year at the Salt Palace Convention Center. SCinet, the high-performance, experimental network built each year specifically for the conference, offered an unprecedented amount of bandwidth within the exhibit hall and through connections from the convention center to the broader internet.

NSF Rankings of Top 25 R&D Institutions Published

NSF rankingsThe National Science Foundation last week released its annual report on the top universities in total research and development expenditures. Within the rankings, 14 institutions are up at least one notch, while six are down at least one.

Our future together is as bright as our connections - We wish you a joyful holiday season!


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