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Research institutions collaborating with STAR TAP℠

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California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-(IT)2)
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology is one of four institutes funded through the California Institutes for Science and Innovation (Cal ISI) initiative. Created in late 2000 by Gov. Gray Davis, Cal ISI aims to ensure that California maintain its leadership in cutting-edge technologies. Cal-(IT)2 seeks to extend the reach of the current information infrastructure throughout the physical world, enabling anywhere / anytime access to the Internet. More than 220 professors and senior researchers from UC San Diego and UC Irvine and more than 50 industrial partners are collaborating on interdisciplinary projects. Initially, it will use the new telecommunications infrastructure to advance applications important to California’s economy, but has ambitions to expand collaborations internationally. Cal-(IT)2 fully encourages the goals of STAR TAP, an NSF-funded project under the leadership of University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory.

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The CAVE Research Network User’s Society is a group dedicated to CAVE tele-immersion - having users in different locations around the world collaborate over high-speed networks in shared, virtual environments as if they were together in the same room. Having received recognition for developing the CAVE® and ImmersaDesk® virtual reality systems, the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s current research focus is developing tools for tele-immersion including CAVERNsoft. A major EVL goal is to create a persistent virtual environment enabling multiple globally-situated participants to collaborate over high-speed and high-bandwidth networks connected to heterogeneous supercomputing resources and large data stores. Collaborators in CAVERNUS use CAVERNsoft software.

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The Globus project is developing basic software infrastructure for computations that integrate geographically distributed computational and information resources. Globus concepts are being tested on a global scale by participants in the Globus Ubiquitous Supercomputing Testbed Organization (GUSTO). GUSTO currently spans over forty institutions and includes some of the largest computers in the world. Globus is a joint project of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute. Led by Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman, it is the work of a talented project team at Argonne, USC / ISI, and the Aerospace Corporation, with significant contributions also being made by other partners.

International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR), Northwestern University
The iCAIR mission is to accelerate leading-edge innovation and enhanced digital global communications through advanced Internet technologies, in partnership with the international community. iCAIR is undertaking projects in four key areas: advanced Internet applications, advanced middleware and metasystems, advanced infrastructure, and policy. Virtually all sectors of the national economy require new types of network-based applications supported by an advanced information infrastructure-an internetworking fabric capable of providing high performance, reliable, high capacity communication services that can be rapidly scaled and readily managed.

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Internet2, a project of UCAID, is a collaborative effort by over 150 U.S. research universities working in partnership with industry leaders and U.S. federal agencies to develop a new family of advanced Internet applications and technologies to meet emerging academic requirements in research, teaching and learning. Internet2 is addressing this challenge by creating a leading-edge network capability, enabling a new generation of applications, and working with industry and international partners to transfer new technologies into the global Internet. Abilene, an Internet2 backbone network, interconnects at the STAR TAP with the networks of several advanced Internet Research & Education organizations with whom Internet2 collaborates. Abilene is currently connected to the STAR TAP at OC-3, with plans to upgrade to OC-12.

PRAGMA is an open, international initiative to establish sustained collaborations and advance the use of the computational grid among a community of investigators at leading research institutions around the Pacific Rim. PRAGMA is supported by the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the National Science Foundation, and participating institutions.

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6TAP: ESnet / CANARIE / STAR TAP IPv6 Testbed
6TAP is a joint ESnet / CANARIE project to provide easy-to-use native IPv6 routing services at STAR TAP to simplify peering and to learn about interoperability. Additional participation is coming from Qwest (registry), Sun (route servers) and Merit (MRTd for IPv6). The Netherlands (SURFnet) is interested in a similar approach in Amsterdam and is collaborating with the 6TAP effort. A 2 Mbps link may be donated by Global Crossing to provide a native IPv6 link connecting Amsterdam and the 6TAP (to be carried by SURFnet from New York to STAR TAP). The 6TAP Router will be a Cisco 7206 that will feed off the LS1010 that STAR TAP manages, thus sharing the two OC-3 ports into the STAR TAP switch. 6BONE is the current IPv6 global network testbed that uses a special IETF testbed v6 address space. 6REN is an ESnet initiative for people to run early IPv6 services, whether on 6BONE or using a registry assigned v6 prefix.

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