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National Research Platform Workshop


The First National Research Platform (NRP) workshop was held at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, in August, 2017. Chaired by Larry Smarr, UC San Diego, and Jim Bottum, Internet2, the workshop was created to bring together representatives from interested institutions to discuss implementation strategies for deployment of interoperable Science DMZs at a national scale.

Over 175 scientists, campus IT leaders, representatives from numerous regional and national networks, and representatives from federal agencies presented their viewpoints. In addition, science-driver application researchers described their need for high-speed data transfer, and their related successes and frustrations. Discussions focused on requirements of the domain scientists and on the networking architecture, policies, tools, and security necessary to deploy a 200-institution National Research Platform. A full report on the workshop will be available soon on both the CENIC and NRP websites, here.

For more information about the workshop, including links to workshop content click here >


CENIC Board of Directors Elects New Officers

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) is pleased to announce the election of five board members to its executive committee.

The following have been elected as officers of the CENIC Board of Directors:

▪ Tom Andriola, Vice President & CIO, UC Office of the President (Co-chair)
▪ Patrick Perry, Chief Information Officer, CSU Chancellor’s Office (Co-chair)
▪ Terry Walker, Superintendent, Irvine Unified School District (Vice Chair)
▪ Deborah Ludford, District Director of IT Services, North Orange CCC District (Treasurer)
▪ Joe LoPiccolo, CIO & Director, Information Technology & Communication Services, Naval Postgraduate School (Secretary)
Tom Andriola, Vice President & CIO, UC Office of the President (Co-chair)
Patrick Perry, Chief Information Officer, CSU Chancellor’s Office (Co-chair)
Terry Walker, Superintendent, Irvine Unified School District (Vice Chair)
Deborah Ludford, District Director of IT Services, North Orange CCC District (Treasurer)
Joe LoPiccolo, CIO & Director, Information Technology & Communication Services, Naval Postgraduate School (Secretary)

Read the full article >


CENIC Extends Fiber Lease Until 2040

CENIC has signed an agreement to extend its fiber leases, called Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRUs), with Level 3 Communications on more than 8,000 miles of dark fiber until 2040. This collaboration provides Level 3’s extensive fiber network to CENIC’s 11,000-member institutions statewide. Universities, schools, libraries, and other cultural, scientific, and arts organizations in California will continue to advance education and research statewide using the world-class CENIC network, of which Level 3’s infrastructure is an integral part. The network is essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth.

Read the Press Release >


In Memory of Christine Haska

Christine Haska, a 2016 Innovations in Networking award winner and a treasured member of the CENC community, passed away on July 26, 2017. As Vice President of Information Resources and CIO of the Naval Postgraduate School, Christine established the Office of Institutional Research and Planning and worked with colleagues at the Naval Academy and the Naval War College to set up the Navy Higher Education IT Consortium. Most recently, she led an initiative to connect the major healthcare institutions in Monterey County to the CENIC network, on behalf of Community Health Innovations.

“Christine was someone who served the needs of faculty researchers and educators with determination to improve their capabilities through IT services and business process improvements. Her intelligence, grace, kindness, and dedication will be long remembered at NPS."–Joe LoPiccolo, CIO and Director, Information Technology and Communications Services, Naval Postgraduate School

"Christine was such a positive force for change. I observed her changing the culture at NPS where IT became a strategic asset and for me, an important partner in my research. But on a more personal level, she introduced me to the CENIC community and she changed the trajectory of my career. Those early nudges led to some of the most fulfilling and engaging professional relationships with people whom I now consider friends and mentors. At the last CENIC Workshop, I had the chance to tell her this and thank her for all that she had done for me. I'm deeply saddened at her passing, but grateful that we shared that moment and that my last memory of her will be from the CENIC Workshop."– Jeffrey D. Weekley, Dir. of CyberInfrastructure & Research Computing, University of California Merced

Christine's Oustanding Contributor Award Release >
Christine's Obituary >

Tech Ex blog

CINC UP: Cyber Security Research Acceleration Workshop at Internet2 TechEX

CENIC is co-hosting this workshop with Internet2 on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at the Internet2 Technology Exchange (TechEX) in San Francisco. The goal of this meeting is to bring together CIOs, CISOs, system and network security practitioners, industry leaders, and security researchers to discuss cybersecurity concerns in research and educational environments, provide feedback to researchers presenting their work, and explore opportunities to accelerate the research into practice.

Workshop topics include network security, the Internet of Things, privacy, and future cybersecurity needs in R&E environments. Speakers include Florence Hudson, Internet2;
Emily Nichols, Internet2; Ruth Marinshaw, Stanford University; John Dundas, CENIC and Meredith Lee, University of California - Berkeley.

If you are interested in attending the workshop or sharing your research at it, please email CINO@Internet2.edu. This workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation Cybersecurity Transition to Practice Acceleration program. Learn More here >

Also at TechEX, two CENIC staff members will be presenting as a part of the advanced networking track on two of CENIC’s most important collaborations: The Pacific Research Platform and Pacific Wave. Learn more about their presentations here >

For tickets click here >


Stories from the CENIC Blog

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California Emerging Technology Fund and CENIC-In Pursuit of a Common Goal
CENIC and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) share a common goal: to close the digital divide. Read the Blog Post >

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CENIC’s Network Operations Center
Once an institution is connected to CalREN, CENIC’s Network Operations Center (NOC) is the first point of contact for any issues or questions that arise. NOC engineers monitor the network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Read the Blog Post >


Save the Date for CENIC’s Annual Conference, The Right Connection. March 4th-7th, 2018

Make The Right Connection through engaging presentations, conversations, live demonstrations of cutting-edge technology, and networking opportunities held in inspirational venues. Planning is underway for CENIC’s annual conference to be held March 4th–7th, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, California. The conference brings together CENIC’s richly diverse community, with participants from all levels of education, public and private research universities, public libraries, science and performing arts centers, private sector technology businesses, and city, county, and state government sectors. Conference registration opens mid-November.

To see what a CENIC conference is all about, visit our YouTube channel and watch selected videos from our 2016 and 2017 conferences >


Innovations in Networking Award Winners, 2003–2017, now on the CENIC website

Descriptions of Innovations in Networking Award winners have been added to the CENIC website to honor and document fifteen years of innovation in the CENIC community. These awards are presented each year by CENIC to highlight important work that leverages ultra-high bandwidth networking, particularly work with the potential to transform the ways in which instruction and research are conducted or further the deployment of broadband in underserved areas.

View the Awards page on the CENIC site >


News from the Field


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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, USC and the Naval Postgraduate School. 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.

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