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UH Hosts Worldwide Next Generation Internet Community

University of Hawaiʻi
David Lassner, (808) 956-3501
Chief Information Officer
Posted: Jan 27, 2004

More than 300 of the world‘s leaders in advanced networking are here in Hawaiʻi for Techs in Paradise (TIP2004). Hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at the East-West Center on the UH Mānoa campus through January 31, TIP2004 brings together the Internet2 technical community from the United States with the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), a multilateral regional counterpart to Internet2.

TIP2004 is a series of international technical meetings that bridge East and West. The two large meetings that anchor TIP2004 are the Joint Techs Workshop and the APAN meeting. The Joint Techs Workshops is the major technical meeting in the United States for the Internet2 and Next Generation Internet engineering community. APAN meetings bring together both the advanced network engineering and applications communities from the Asia-Pacific region. University of Hawaiʻi Chief Information Officer David Lassner is hosting both meetings.

"The North American and Asia-Pacific networking groups normally meet in their own regions with limited participation between regions. Hawaiʻi provides the perfect geographic location to bring together the advanced networking community from East and West. This gives Hawaiʻi an opportunity to showcase our role in next generation internetworking worldwide," said Lassner.

The TIP2004 meetings address advanced Internet technologies and their application. Key technologies discussed will include: IPV6, the next version of the TCP/IP protocols that underlie the Internet; grid computing, which allows computer resources at different locations to work together to solve difficult problems; and optical networks that will permit even higher speed applications than are possible today. Applications that will be discussed and demonstrated include telemedicine, high energy physics, astronomy, and earth sciences. There will also be network architecture updates and planning for several countries and regions.

Several demonstrations of advanced applications and technologies at TIP2004 will utilize the new 155Mbps connection between the University of Hawaiʻi and Japan. TIP2004 demonstrations include:
· Collaborative learning using 3D virtual reality patient simulations to improve medical education;
· Remote operation of a model car over the Internet between Japan and Hawaiʻi as well as locally;
· High Definition and DV video sent over the Internet from Korea to Hawaiʻi via Japan — both live and taped;
· Remote tele-surgury technology from Japan;
· High Definition TV over the Internet from the University of Southern California;
· Video presentation from Canada of new approach to allocating and managing network resources.

Presentations at TIP2004 with a local Hawaiʻi component will include:
· Update on Hawaiʻi‘s advanced networking infrastructure for education and research and announcement of SX-TransPORT, a new project that will provide two 10Gbps (10 gigabit per second) high speed links to support research and education between Australia, Hawaiʻi and the U.S. mainland;

· Presentation and demonstration of Project TOUCH, a collaboration between the University of Hawaiʻi‘s John A. Burns School of Medicine and the University of New Mexico to develop advanced medical education using collaborative problem-based learning between remote sites with 3D virtual reality patient simulations;

· Presentation by UH Emeritus Professor Norm Abramson on the ALOHANet, the original radio packet network developed at the University of Hawaiʻi that originated the key technical approach underlying today‘s Internet.