|UH on the Internet2|
by Alan Whinery
Anyone who has read a book on networking, or at least read the introduction to such a book knows a little bit about the history of what we now call the Internet. In 1968, the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) began promoting research in computer networking. They built the ARPANet, which was intended for collaboration among US government-funded research and military organizations.
As of May 1999, UH has become part of a project that is similar in many ways to the original ARPA Net, involving the internetworking of research institutions to develop ways to use high performance networks. This project is called "Internet2".
Internet2 is a project of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), a national consortium of universities which manages resources to promote development of advanced network applications for research and education. The UCAID Internet2 Web site is located at www.internet2.edu. As an Internet2 member, UH is also a participant in Abilene, one of two high-speed national Internet2 backbones. This allows us to reach other Internet2 members on Abilene, as well as on other special high-speed backbones.
The participation of UH in Internet2 was made possible by collaboration with the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN), which is providing a high-capacity link to the mainland and to Abilene. Through DREN, we share a DS3 (45Mbps) with Hawaii military organizations to connect to Abilene at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. The DS3 from UH to DREN and an increased capacity to astronomy facilities on the Big Island are being made possible by grants from the National Science Foundation.
Development is underway to begin using the new advanced networks for the UH's high profile research in astronomy, as well as earth imaging and other applications. For more information on the University's involvement with Internet2 visit www.hawaii.edu/internet2. Links to other sites related to high performance networks are listed at net.its.hawaii.edu/~whinery/goin/what.html.
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