University of Pittsburgh
November 1, 1998


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PITTSBURGH, Nov. 2 -- The future of the Internet, and the development of an academic research network, Internet2, will be the subject of Internet2 Day at the University of Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to

5 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the William Pitt Union, on the Pitt campus, Oakland.

More than 10 years ago the Internet began as a research tool, used primarily by government scientists and academics. Since then, that Internet has been replaced by a commercial enterprise with millions of users and millions of sites on the world wide web. Because of overcrowding and lack of bandwidth, a group of more than 100 universities has joined with government and industry to develop Internet2, a dedicated, leading-edge, high-bandwidth network for the national research community.

Participants in Internet2 Day at Pitt include Ted Hanss, Director of Application Development for Internet2/University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development; Michael Turzanski, Architect for Advanced Internet Initiatives for Cisco Systems, Inc.; Dave Schreiber, Data Technical Manager for State, Academic and Research Markets, Qwest, Inc.; and Javad Boroumand, Associate Program Director of the National Science Foundation.

Activities will include a panel discussion, technical sessions and demonstrations including computerized tissue analysis and video streaming technology. Additionally, George Mallick of Pitt's Computing and Information Services (CIS) and Gwendolyn Huntoon from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will describe the Internet2 initiatives at Pitt.

Sponsored by CIS, the event seeks to inform the university community of the potential of participating in Internet2 at the University of Pittsburgh. Internet2 Day hopes to show the benefits of a next generation Internet to both faculty and students working on world-class research that requires high-bandwidth computing networks.