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CENIC Newsletter Spring17
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The First National Research Platform Workshop: Aug 7-8 in Bozeman, MT

The First National Research Platform Workshop: Toward A National Big Data Superhighway will be held at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, on August 7 and 8, 2017. The workshop is sponsored by the Pacific Research Platform/National Science Foundation. Larry Smarr of UC San Diego and Jim Bottum of Internet2 are co-chairing the event. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together representatives from interested institutions to discuss implementation strategies for deployment of interoperable Science DMZs at a national scale.

The National Science Foundation funded a five-year cooperative agreement for the Pacific Research Platform (PRP) to improve the end-to-end high-speed networking data transfer capabilities in collaborative, big-data science among twenty institutions including four National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and NASA supercomputer centers. As part of the PRP cooperative agreement, NSF requires that the ensemble of PRP technologies be extensible across other scientific domains and to other regional and national networks. In response to this requirement, the First National Research Platform (NRP) Workshop this summer will solicit input from many multi-state networking organizations–Internet2, The Quilt, ESnet, on how the PRP model might be extended to a national scale. The PRP leadership will communicate its successes and lessons learned to date. The Workshop will then focus on whether, how, and when the Science DMZ practice can be extended 10-fold to approximately, 200 US universities and labs, to thousands of researchers, and to their colleagues abroad.

For more information about the workshop, including registration details, please visit the workshop website here >

VMware and CENIC Collaborate to Support Research and Education in California

VMware and CENIC have announced an agreement that will streamline the purchase of VMware technologies by CENIC’s members. The collaboration extends VMware’s industry-leading virtualization and cloud solutions for education to CENIC’s 10,000 member institutions statewide. VMware’s products simplify complex IT environments for end users, accelerate digital transformation, and positively impact student learning at favorable terms and prices.

Read the full press release here >
For more information about how to purchase under this agreement, visit the FAQ here >


Report to the Community | Spring 2017

Community report

CENIC and its 11,000 member organizations in California's research and education community in California continually look for ways to strengthen, secure, and expand the CalREN network. Over 20,000,000 Californians use this high-capacity broadband network, which allows them to communicate, collaborate, teach, and conduct research in ways that were unimaginable when CENIC was founded 20 years ago.

This report describes recent improvements and innovations including:
* Major upgrades to connectivity within specific segments
* Enhancements to the network backbone
* CENIC’s cybersecurity initiative
* New communities, including city governments and public libraries, connecting to the network
* Innovative uses of the network within and across segments

View the Report to the Community here >


Summary of CENIC’s 2017 Annual Conference, The Right Connection 2.0

CENIC’s 2017 Annual Conference, The Right Connection 2.0, took place on March 19-22, with more than 320 registrants and 15 sponsors taking part. It was held in La Jolla at venues including UC San Diego’s Calit2 Qualcomm Institute and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This event drew members of the research and education community from across California, the US, and abroad. The conference’s 32 sessions dealt with topics as diverse as global scientific and cultural exchange, promoting gender equity in the technology workforce, enabling public access to data, bringing high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved communities, and optimizing network security while finding a balance between openness and secure networks.

Read a conference summary and see the full program on the conference website here >

Conference Videos and Resources
If you were unable to attend CENIC's 2017 Annual Conference: The Right Connection 2.0, or if you did attend and would like to share one or more of the sessions with your colleagues, we have built a library of resources for your reference.

Watch select conference videos on our YouTube channel here >

Conference presentations
As they are made available, presentations are being uploaded to a public Box folder. They have been saved as PDF files and organized by day.

Download available presentations here >

Thank You Again to our Conference Sponsors and our Conference Planning Committee. We could not bring this event to the community without you.


Distinguished Panel on International Research and Education Networking Convened at the 2017 CENIC Conference

Panelists included:
* Chief Collaboration Officer Cathrin Stöver of Europe’s GÉANT
* Carlos Casasus, Director General, University Corporation for Internet Development in Mexico
* Meoli Kashorda, Executive Director, Kenya Education Network (KENET)
* Steve Huter, Director, Network Startup Resource Center, University of Oregon
* Jennifer Schopf, Director of Indiana University’s advanced high-performance worldwide networking efforts

Read these related articles on our blog
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CENIC Innovations in Networking Awards


Innovations in Networking Awards are presented each year by CENIC to highlight the exemplary innovations that leverage ultra-high bandwidth networking. These awards were presented on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

See the full list of awardees here >
Read the full story on our blog >

CENIC Creates Founders Circle Awards


On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, CENIC has created a Founders Circle to honor the vision, creativity, and dedication of individuals instrumental in creating the organization.

Click here to read about the recipients of the 2017 Founders Circle Award >


CENIC Marks its 20th Anniversary

Twenty years ago, the CENIC we know today would have been difficult to imagine. Certainly, its founders had little idea that the network they created to link California’s higher education institutions would become the powerhouse it is today.

To mark its 20th anniversary, CENIC has released a video that tells the story of early challenges and captures interviews with the four leaders in its history — M. Stuart Lynn, Tom West, Jim Dolgonas, and Louis Fox. In addition, CENIC has published a history of its founding to capture the memories of it founders and document the pioneering nature of its beginnings.

Watch the video here >
Read & Download the 20th Anniversary book here >

Naval Postgraduate School now a Charter Member of CENIC

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) was unanimously approved by the CENIC Board of Directors to become a CENIC Charter Associate. Charter Associates comprise the CENIC Board of Directors, set policy, guide the organization, and have full access to CENIC’s entire portfolio of networks and services. At NPS, four world-class schools oversee 14 academic departments that provide 85 master’s and 16 doctoral degree programs, as well as certificate programs to approximately 1600 resident students, including over 200 international students. In addition, NPS provides online education programs to nearly 1000 distributed-learning students worldwide. Three research institutes, multiple secure research facilities and 30 centers of excellence add to the wealth of NPS resources. From supporting distributed-learning to enabling the work of weather researchers who need to transfer high-resolution weather forecast data sets, NPS uses their 100 Gbps connection to the network to carry out the essential work of the institution every day.

SFJAZZ Collaborates with K–12 Schools Using CalREN


In honor of Black History Month, SFJAZZ Education’s School Day Concert program presented award-winning bassist and bandleader Marcus Shelby and his Quintet on February 8, 2017. Shelby curated an interactive look at a rich tapestry of songs celebrating Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Over 800 students representing 11 schools across the Bay Area attended in SFJAZZ's Miner Auditorium, while over 470 students from schools across California engaged digitally from their school sites thanks to CalREN.

“I am thrilled that our students were able to ‘attend’ a professional, live jazz workshop and American history lesson — without having to pay for transportation costs to San Francisco or missing an entire day of instruction! The fact that it was a rainy, windy day made the option of joining from our cozy band room even more appealing.” said Jay Robert, band teacher at Toby Johnson Middle School in Elk Grove.

"The CENIC Gigabit network has, for the first time, enabled SFJAZZ to begin to realize its vision of sharing the spontaneity and art of jazz with new audiences that might not otherwise be exposed to this art form,” said Mount V. Allen, III, CFE, Director of Operations for SFJAZZ.

Read the full story on our blog >


About CENIC |
CENIC connects California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research & Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and others at vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, and USC. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.