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NLR Update. Peter O’Neil Westnet Meeting January 14, 2004 Tempe, AZ. Topical Outline. Current Members Build Out Schedule NOC/Engineering Selection Director Project Management Contracts and Funds Flow IRS Application for 501c3 Network Research Aspects SURA Initiative. Members. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Issues Raised During CENIC MtgClick to edit Master title style
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CENIC, PNWGP, Duke, Georgia Tech, Florida, PSC/CMU, Virginia Tech, CIC, Internet2, Texas, Cisco
Prospective Members:
CMU joining PSC to move to full member status rather than service member as originally signed
Oak Ridge National Lab
FRGP & Utah (WRL)
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Tracey Futhey, Chair (Duke)
Tom West, CEO (CENIC)
Steve Corbato, Secretary (I2)
Election of Executive Committee of Board postponed until additional members join
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Search started for Director of Engineering
Sense was that David Richardson, Dave Reese, Steve Corbato, and Cisco contributing lots of technical effort.
Feeling was that the project program management concerns more important right now.
About 10-12 people interviewed and 2-3 on short list as position changed from engineering to project management
Debbie Montano accepted position starting January 1st
Director Development & Operations
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List of Nominations
List of Nominations
Contracts & Funds Flow
Agreements signed with Level 3 for fiber, collocation, and “remote hands” support
Agreements signed with Cisco for optical equipment, install, and maintenance services
Member payments sent so NLR cash positive going forward
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IRS Ruling
NLR, Inc, as a not-for-profit, applied for IRS ruling to be considered a tax-exempt 501c3 organization
Original “expedited” ruling turned down
Appeal for expedited ruling approved, with determination expected late February
Most NLR members who had tax exemption “out-clause” rescinded it.
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Competitive proposal process
CENIC awarded responsibility for Layer 1 and Indiana for Layer 2/3
MCNC (and Cisco) awarded responsibility for Experimental Research aspects
Each party is developing SoW’s and budgets that are still to be negotiated since initial input process underway with use communities to define requirements better
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Cisco optics ordered for all paths
Manufacturing and Install issues resolved
Test & Turn-up Crew now bottleneck
Seattle to Denver path underway
Equipment delivery late Feb 04
Install by late March 04
Test and Turn-up July 04
Denver to Chicago path
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List of Nominations
List of Nominations
Network Research Focus
Remember, 20 of the 40 optical waves, reserved for “experimental” use
Cisco appointed 2 faculty to the NLR Board
Paul Barford, University of Wisconsin
Dan Blumenthal, UC Santa Barbara
Leading effort to write paper on Network Research Council
Focus now on naming a senior, publicly recognized, Chief Scientist
Performing “outreach” to researchers as to NLR’s capabilities
Planning an NLR Research Workshop to solicit input
Will follow "researcher model" as on federal grant proposals with set of categories for use of NLR infrastructure at different networking layers.
Based on notion of NSF 1 year "exploratory" grant funds to better specify piece of work to be done. Help leverage additional grant requests from other agencies.
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SURA Initiative
December 16th, AT&T and SURA announced agreement – terms very sketchy even to SURA technical committee
Claim is 10 year IRU for 6K miles of fiber “at no cost”
SURA wants AT&T fiber to be used (at least) for Atlanta to Florida, Florida to Dallas, Dallas to San Diego
NLR Committee formed to do “due diligence” on language in agreement and routes
IRU time lengths have “revenue targets” so problematic
Fiber paths have “breaks” that need fixing
Desired SURA PoP and NLR PoP locations are different
Layer 2/layer 3 equipment, interconnect, and remote hands costs yet to be factored in to get from AT&T to Level 3 facilities
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Hybrid Optical-Packet Infrastructure
How to make use of 10Gb/s λ over full NLR footprint
Abilene High Performance IP network
Meet point for Int’l collaboration (MAN LAN, IEEF, StarLight)
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Internet2 Community
Peter O'Neil, Bill Owens, Mark Johnson, Tom Lehman, David Richardson, Chris Robb, Jerry Sobieski, Steven Wallace, Linda Winkler
Int’l Community
Internet2 Staff
Guy Almes, Heather Boyles, Steve Corbato, Chris Heermann (Facilitator), Rick Summerhill (Co-Chair), Christian Todorov (Scribe), Matt Zekauskas
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Team Charter
Provide a technical plan for integrating the HOPI raw materials into a test-bed facility that can provide dedicated bandwidth and an experimental platform for testing future architectures. The initial plan to be written during 1Q04 (probably unrealistic).
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