UMass Amherst to Mark Internet2 Day

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts will introduce the campus community to Internet2 on Tues. Nov. 24, 1:30-5 p.m. in the Campus Center, Room 101. The UMass event, dubbed Internet2 Day, will feature a slate of high-profile speakers, plus a faculty panel, outlining how the new, high-speed Internet network can benefit researchers and scholars. Speakers will also discuss their vision for the future of networking, as well as the societal implications of the advancing technology. Members of the University community are invited to attend.

The University is taking part in a federal project building a new Internet that is expected to be 100 to 1,000 times faster than the current network ? so fast it could transmit the contents of a 30-volume encyclopedia in one second, scientists say. Researchers hope that such a network, dubbed Internet2, or I2 for short, will be more reliable than the current network, especially in critical communications such as telemedicine, in which images are sent via computer to physicians hundreds or thousands of miles away, who then use the images to help in reaching a diagnosis.

Among the speakers will be Guy Almes, chief engineer for the Internet2 project, who will give an address as part of the Sidney Topol Lecture Series. Topol graduated from UMass in 1947 and later helped forge the cable-satellite connection that triggered the growth of cable television in the U.S. Also speaking will be George Strawn of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Strawn, director for the NSF’s division of Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research, will be introduced by UMass Deputy Chancellor Marcellette G. Williams. He will offer an update on the Next Generation Internet project, of which Internet2 is a major component.

The event will also include updates on the University’s involvement in Internet2. John Dubach, the University’s associate chancellor for information technologies, will discuss the University’s networking plans. A faculty panel will discuss how Internet2 will be useful in research pursuits. The panel will include Dubach, Martin Weinberg of physics, Anna Nagurney of the Isenberg School of Management, and Donald Towsley and R. Manmatha, both of the computer science faculty.