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Current Issue: March 3, 2003
Volume 38, Number 15

‘Internet2 Day’ explores high speed network connection

By Laurie Mellas-Ramirez

Learn more about a high-speed network connection to Internet2 available to hundreds of partners – educational, research and non-profit organizations – during “Internet2 Day” set for Friday, March 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Willard Reading Room at Zimmerman Library.

Dr. Dale Alverson, professor at the UNM Health Sciences Center and health reporter for KOB TV, uses Internet2 in telemedicine.

Sponsored by Computer and Information Resources and Technology (CIRT), the event is free, but registration is required by March 7. Lunch will be served.

Internet2 is a project operated by UCAID, the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development. It is a collaborative effort by more than 200 universities to develop advanced, high performance Internet technology and applications vital to higher education missions.

Internet2 has the capability to send information much faster than the current Internet, once available only to researchers, but now in the public domain. Only universities and colleges are consortium members.

The high bandwidth available through the consortium speeds up transmission of large files and enables collaboration among people as well as interactive access to information and resources not possible on today’s Internet.

Used widely in the arts, physical sciences, engineering, health sciences and telemedicine, Internet2 digital video applications offer broadcast quality videoconferencing, live distribution and on-demand access to a variety of content as well as digital cinema and network-based studio production.

Internet2 can facilitate a global conference system with real-time interactions connecting faculty and staff across the world.

“The continuance of Internet2 at the University of New Mexico is imperative in support of the current and emerging research and related high-bandwidth applications. Internet2 provides a unique and invaluable resource to the CHECS (Council for Higher Education Computing/Communications Services) institutions which would be impossible to replace,” said Art St. George, manager of advanced communications technologies for CIRT and event organizer.

Three program managers from Internet2 will present at the event. Mary Kratz will give a talk about “Internet2 and the Health Sciences” and Ana Preston will present “Internet2: International Partnerships.”

Program Manager Ann Doyle will link remotely from Florida where she will be attending the “National Schools of Music Internet2 Day.” A live master class between the New World Symphony in Florida and Cleveland Institute of Music will be transmitted as part of Doyle’s presentation.

UNM faculty will demonstrate expanded and improved research projects developed with Internet2.

Dr. Dale Alverson, professor at the UNM Health Sciences Center and health reporter for KOB TV, will talk about his use of Internet2 in telemedicine. Research scientist Tim Thomas of the UNM Physics and Astronomy Department will give a talk on grid computing.

Also discussed will be how Internet2 offers new opportunities for collaboration between local researchers and their colleagues at other institutions.

Internet2 Days have been held at more than 50 higher education institutions including Tufts University, Texas A & M, Michigan Tech, and Columbia University.

For more information, call 277-8106, and/or visit www4.unm.edu/internet2.