November 18, 2009
Exhibit demos (booth# 1355) focus on optical bandwidth on demand, network performance and network research; technical program participation with University of Delaware highlights new data throughput technology
PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 16 -- The focus is on state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure as Internet2 heads to the 23rd consecutive Supercomputing Conference in Portland, Oregon. At SC09, Internet2 will host four ongoing demonstrations in its booth (#1355) highlighting new advanced services, including: a new dynamic circuit network service called Internet2 ION, breakthrough tools for the diagnosis of end-to- end network performance issues, and pioneering network research. These services will also be key enablers to the SCinet network -- the massive 400 Gigabit per second conference network built each year to support the thousands of exhibitors and attendees of the SC09 conference.
In addition to an impressive roster of demonstrations, the University of Delaware and Internet2 have been selected to participate in the renowned SC technical program. The technical program is at the heart of SC conferences, and technical papers selected for presentation must meet an extremely high standard. The co-authored, "Improving GridFTP Performance Using the Phoebus Session Layer," submitted with the University of Delaware, has been accepted for presentation as part of the SC09 technical program. The paper, which will be presented on Tuesday, 3:30pm PST, Room PB256 in the Oregon Convention Center, describes how the Phoebus infrastructure improves end-to-end network throughput in high-bandwidth, long-distance network applications -- specifically, GridFTP, one of the key data movement applications in high-performance and grid computing.
Exhibit Demonstration Details:
Internet2 ION enables research -- and SC09 demos
The ability to provision high-bandwidth, on-demand circuits is increasingly important to a whole range of disciplines, especially those that depend on high-volume, distributed data shared among global collaborators, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments and radio astronomy research. Internet2 ION, a revolutionary service that allows researchers to create dedicated point-to-point circuits across network domains, will not only be featured at SC09, but will support extreme network demonstrations from the California Institute of Technology, Internet2, NICT, Northrop Grumman, PIONIER and University of Amsterdam SC09 exhibit booths. At Internet2 Booth 1355, attendees will be able to try out the simple, wizard-like Web interface for themselves and set up or tear down live circuits right from the exhibition floor. Announced in Fall of 2009, Internet2 ION is built on technology developed in collaboration with key partners including GÉANT and ESnet, and leverages both OSCARS and DRAGON technology.
pS-Performance Toolkit ensures optimum network performance
To ensure networks that support increasingly massive data transfers from leading edge science applications keep performing at optimum levels from end to end, Internet2 together with its partners, ESnet, Fermilab, Indiana University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Delaware, have recently released pS-Performance Toolkit. The toolkit is a suite of services recommended to help engineers monitor performance and solve traditionally hard-to-diagnose network performance problems, even across domains. The pS-Performance Toolkit leverages a perfSONAR infrastructure widely deployed throughout the high-performance networking community that supports science disciplines like the High Energy Physics community. At Internet2's pS-Performance Toolkit station, the Toolkit's easy installation and "ready-on-boot" functionality will be demonstrated, along with its wizard-like configuration interface, performance measurement visualization screens, and live, bootable CDs of the latest release will be distributed. Also highlighted will be perfSONAR's role in SCinet with a live SCinet network "weathermap" showing a real time visualization of the conference network's traffic.
Live SCinet network traffic visualized using perfSONAR can be viewed online at http://measurement.sc09.org/public. Real-time utilization of the Internet2 IP link is also being collected and displayed using the perfSONAR framework and can be viewed at http://events.internet2.edu/2009/sc09/index.html.
OpenFlow addresses unpredictable network traffic patterns
A third Internet2 booth demo station showcases an important network research project called OpenFlow that addresses the growing problem of unpredictability in network traffic patterns due to ever-increasing bandwidth demands, virtualization, remote storage replication, increasing mobile network traffic, and the move from circuit-based SONET access to packet-based Ethernet access. The OpenFlow demonstration, housed in three exhibit booths, Ciena (Booth 1445) , Internet2 (Booth 1355) and the Xnet booth is a cooperative effort with Ciena Corporation and Stanford University, and will demonstrate a unified control plane for packet and circuit networks based on the OpenFlow architecture which separates data and control plane; provides a common flow based data path abstraction for layers L0-L4; and a control plane API to the network. The demo illustrates how layer 1 and 2 management can be linked to dynamically respond to the inconstant network demands of applications.
Worldview creates a network you can touch
The demo roster will be rounded out by an exciting look into new network visualization capabilities developed at the Indiana University Global Research Network Operations Center, which provides operations support to the Internet2 Network. Worldview is an interactive, 3D network visualization system designed to show real-time network utilization across multiple networks using the pS-Performance Toolkit. Worldview converts Internet2 Network utilization data into a specialized markup language, combines it with other geographic data, then displays it in a stunning, multi-touch-capable display, giving NOC operators a tactile overview of the various layers of the Internet2 Network, and providing an intuitive way for them to interact with abstract, network-related data sets. Though Worldview's usefulness to network operators is obvious, one of the tool's most important uses is as an effective communications tool for conveying a whole range of network characteristics to non-technical network owners, sponsors and stakeholders.
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