Research institutions collaborating with STAR TAP SM
California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-(IT)2)
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information
Technology is one of four institutes funded through the California
Institutes for Science and Innovation (Cal ISI) initiative. Created in
late 2000 by Gov. Gray Davis, Cal ISI aims to ensure that California
maintain its leadership in cutting-edge technologies.
Cal-(IT)2 seeks to
extend the reach of the current information infrastructure throughout the
physical world, enabling anywhere/anytime access to the Internet. More
than 220 professors and senior researchers from UC San Diego and UC Irvine
and more than 50 industrial partners are collaborating on
interdisciplinary projects. Initially, it will use the new
telecommunications infrastructure to advance applications important to
California's economy, but has ambitions to expand collaborations
internationally. Cal-(IT)2 fully
encourages the goals of STAR TAP,
an NSF-funded project under the leadership of University of Illinois at
Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory.
The CAVE Research Network User's Society is a group dedicated to CAVE
tele-immersion -- having users in different locations around the world
collaborate over high-speed networks in shared, virtual environments as if
they were together in the same room. Having received recognition for developing
the CAVE® and ImmersaDesk® virtual reality systems, the Electronic
Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago's
current research focus is developing tools for tele-immersion including
A major EVL goal is to create a persistent virtual
environment enabling multiple globally-situated participants to collaborate
over high-speed and high-bandwidth networks connected to heterogeneous
supercomputing resources and large data stores. Collaborators in CAVERNUS
use CAVERNsoft software.
project is developing basic software infrastructure for computations that
integrate geographically distributed computational and information resources.
Globus concepts are being tested on a global scale by participants in the
Globus Ubiquitous Supercomputing Testbed Organization (GUSTO). GUSTO
currently spans over forty institutions and includes some of the largest
computers in the world. Globus is a joint project of Argonne National
Laboratory and the University of Southern California's Information Sciences
Institute. Led by Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman, it is the work of
a talented project team at Argonne, USC/ISI, and the Aerospace Corporation,
with significant contributions also being made by other partners.
International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR), Northwestern University
mission is to accelerate leading-edge innovation and enhanced digital global
communications through advanced Internet technologies, in partnership with
the international community. iCAIR is undertaking projects in four
key areas: advanced Internet applications, advanced middleware and metasystems,
advanced infrastructure, and policy. Virtually all sectors of the
national economy require new types of network-based applications supported
by an advanced information infrastructure-an internetworking fabric capable
of providing high performance, reliable, high capacity communication services
that can be rapidly scaled and readily managed.
a project of UCAID, is a collaborative effort by over 150 U.S. research
universities working in partnership with industry leaders and U.S. federal
agencies to develop a new family of advanced Internet applications and
technologies to meet emerging academic requirements in research, teaching
and learning. Internet2 is addressing this challenge by creating
a leading-edge network capability, enabling a new generation of applications,
and working with industry and international partners to transfer new technologies
into the global Internet. Abilene, an Internet2 backbone network,
interconnects at the STAR TAP with the networks of several advanced Internet
Research & Education organizations with whom Internet2 collaborates.
Abilene is currently connected to the STAR TAP at OC-3, with plans to upgrade
PRAGMA is an open, international initiative to establish sustained
collaborations and advance the use of the computational grid among a
community of investigators at leading research institutions around the
Pacific Rim. PRAGMA is supported by the San Diego Supercomputer Center,
the National Science Foundation, and participating institutions.
6TAP: ESnet/CANARIE/STAR TAP IPv6 Testbed
6TAP is a joint ESnet/CANARIE project to provide easy-to-use native IPv6 routing
services at STAR TAP to simplify peering and to learn about interoperability.
Additional participation is coming from Qwest (registry), Sun (route servers)
and Merit (MRTd for IPv6). The Netherlands (SURFnet) is interested
in a similar approach in Amsterdam and is collaborating with the 6TAP effort.
A 2 Mbps link may be donated by Global Crossing to provide a native IPv6
link connecting Amsterdam and the 6TAP (to be carried by SURFnet from New
York to STAR TAP). The 6TAP Router will be a Cisco 7206 that will
feed off the LS1010 that STAR TAP manages, thus sharing the two OC-3 ports
into the STAR TAP switch. 6BONE is
the current IPv6 global network testbed that uses a special IETF testbed
v6 address space. 6REN is an ESnet
initiative for people to run early IPv6 services, whether on 6BONE or using
a registry assigned v6 prefix.