ESnet Staff to Present at Internet2's 2014 Global Summit

April 3, 2014

About 800 networking experts from across the country and around the world are meeting April 6-11in Denver for Internet2’s annual “Global Summit,” a weeklong series of presentations, discussions and meetings aimed at improving the performance of research and education networks. The name of the conference, formerly the Internet2 Members Meeting, was chosen to reflect the increasingly international nature of the networking community.

 At the meeting, ESnet staff will present their perspectives in the following sessions:

Science Engagement Group Lead Lauren Rotmanwill be part of a panel discussion on “International Big Science – Coming to Your Campus Soon (Sooner Than You Think…), ”which will look at the international “big science” projects that will impact researchers and networks over the next 5-10 years.

 Rotman will also join “Now You’ve Built It; Will They Come”? A CIO-panel Discussion on Increasing the ROI of CC-NIE Awards Through Researcher Engagement,” which will highlight steps taken by campuses and research networks that have received funding, and are actively engaged with their campus researchers to improve their productivity and their scientific workflows.

 Advanced Network Technologies Group Lead Brian Tierney is chairing a “perfSONAR Requirements Gathering Meeting,” which will review the development of perfSONAR-ps to date and open the floor for discussion on requirements from the R&E community going forward.

Tierney will also be part of a panel discussion of ”Real Use of 100G Networks: The Good, the Bad, and What to Expect When You Go Beyond a Demo,” which will address the topic: For several years, SC, APAN, CANS and other conferences have featured demonstrations of the use of 100G networks, but what does it take to use them as part of a normal day-to-day application?

 Mary Hester of the Science Engagement Group will be a panelist in a discussion of “Enlighten Your Research Global”: How Five International Networks are Enabling International Data-Intensive Research.” She will discuss the “International Networking for Climate” project led by Dean Williams of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Network Engineer Joe Metzger will participate in a panel on “A View Into the Future: Research Network Architectures in 2020,” which will provide a reality check on earlier views of what  research networks will look like 5 to 6 years out.

Chief Technologist Inder Monga (and former ESnet Director Steve Cotter) will join the discussion on “An Industry Perspective on SDN for Multi-Layer Networks.”  With the increasing deployment of converged transport networks that integrate switching along with next-generations optics, carriers are now seeking to extend SDN(software-defined networking) concepts of network programmability to multi-vendor, multi-layer IP/optical networks, and leveraging SDN to simplify operations as well as optimize use of resources.