Date:  Thursday, August 16, 2007

Time:  7:00 to 9:00 pm
Location:  AT&T Laboratories (formerly SBC)

9505 Arboretum Blvd.

Austin, TX  78759

Topic:  Internet 2
Speaker:  Dan Updegrove, Special Assistant to the VP, IT  at UT - Austin


Internet2 is both a national, high-performance backbone network serving the research and education community and the non-profit organization of U.S. universities and technology companies that manages this network. This summer the organization has deployed a next-generation infrastructure based on ten 10-Gbps wavelengths, with one wave dedicated to production IP services and a second for shared access to dynamic wave services. A founding objective of Internet2 was to develop and deploy advanced Internet technologies and applications that would migrate to the commercial Internet. Fifteen Texas universities are primary members of Internet2, and numerous other institutions in the state connect to the network. Internet2 is currently engaged in negotiations to merge with National LambdaRail (NLR), another non-profit that operates an advanced national R&E network that serves 24 Texas universities. 

Speaker Bio:

Daniel Updegrove, special assistant to the VP for IT at UT Austin, is a founder and advisor to Internet2, and Vice Chair of the Board of National  LambdaRail. He also serves on the Internet2-NLR Merger Planning Team. He has over 30 years experience in IT, including management, software development, and research, and has lectured widely on networking and other IT topics in the U.S. and abroad.