Internet2 Research Projects
Imagine an Internet connection at school that is 10x's faster than your dorm or home connection? Well, Internet 2 is just that! As of September 15, 2001, Pace University is the recipient of a grant for $150,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to participate on the Internet2. Pace University anticipates a connection for testing on or around December 2001, for full implementation for the Spring 2002 semester.
Internet2 is a consortium of over 180 higher education institutions partnering
with industry and government constituents.
Internet2 is primarily for developing and deploying advanced network applications and technologies.
It is hoped that the research will accelerate the creation of tomorrow's Internet.
The primary goals of
The University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID)
is “the formal organization formed
to manage the activities and programs of Internet2.”
UCAID is the official unit that collects member dues, fees, and administers expenditures
associated with Internet2 projects.
- to create a leading edge network for the national research community
- to enable revolutionary Internet Applications
- to ensure the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community
The Internet2 concentrates on more than high-speed access.
Internet2 will allow current applications to be enhanced and the creation of new applications
that were not previously possible. In addition, it is anticipated that Internet2 will establish
a distributed knowledge system for achieving innovations in research, teaching, and learning.
The goals are:
Some current research areas at other institutions through
Internet2 Working Groups
- to do research of high speed Internet capabilities independent of ".com" and ".edu" Internet 1 organizations
- to foster potential collaborative projects between students of similar courses
at other institutions for possible sharing of databases containing materials
such as streaming full screen video, voice recognition, and visualization
- Advanced Applications
- New Networking Capabilities
- Advanced Network Infrastructure
- Partnerships and alliances
Research Projects at Pace University
The goal of this assignment for the Fall 2001 semester
is to produce a list and description of projects that could be performed
at Pace University utilizing Internet2 connectivity.
A detailed plan of research for at least two of the projects should
The projects need to be reasonable and involve current faculty, staff, and students.
It is anticipated that the Internet2 projects will foster student, faculty, and staff research
that primarily focuses on:
Some benefits of the Internet2 connection and utilization include:
- joint collaboration with other institutions on Internet 2
- student centered participation, benefit, and research
Practical issues that would have to be managed and coordinated include:
- students would be able to work with faculty on research projects
- fosters partnerships between Pace University and other institutions, as well as industry and government agencies
- Pace University students, faculty, and staff would be able to utilize the high speed of the Internet2 where our infrastructure supports 100BaseT outlets
- students would be able to work on "real world" high bandwidth projects for their term assignments
- Pace University would have to dedicate faculty time to the project
- the initial 2-year startup NSF grant is not renewable and additional funding sources would help ensure continuation, scalability, and upgrades
The initial assignment should be completed by the end of the Fall 2001 semester.
During the Spring 2002 semester, one or more of the projects could be worked on
in cooperation with Information Technology and the appropriate participating faculty member(s).
It is anticipated that if Pace University has a high demand for Internet2 access,
plus shows a need for an even greater bandwidth, Pace will upgrade the connection
to an OC-3 (155Mbps+) connection to the Internet2 from the proposed DC-3 (55Mbps).