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PNWGP Circular, October 2001

The Pacific Northwest Gigapop Circular is an occasional update of activities by participants, new technologies, meetings, services upgrades and enhancements. This is the first electronic mail version of the Circular. To subscribe or unsubscribe send email to gigapop-info@pnw-gigapop.net.

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PACIFIC WAVE PEERING SERVICES
PNWGP FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE QUILT
K20 SPARK LIGHTS INTERNET2
CISCO TECHNICAL EVENT OCTOBER 8 IN SEATTLE
OCTOBER PNWGP MEETING POSTPONED
PARTICIPANT CONTRIBUTIONS: WHAT DO YOU DO WITH I2?
UPDATING YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
PNWGP CONTACT LIST

PACIFIC WAVE PEERING SERVICES

  The peering service formerly known as Seattle-Network-to-Network Access Point (SNNAP) has a new name and expanded services. The new Pacific Wave peering services will not only continue to serve the needs of organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest, but will now also offer its state of the art services to research, development, and education networks throughout the U.S. and abroad. While the Canadian research network CANet*3 has been a peering participant for sometime, AARNet (Australian Academic & Research Network) was welcomed as the first Pacific Rim connector in July.
  Two more Pacific Rim connections are expected to be completed in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
  For more information on Pacific Wave, see www.pacificwave.net.

PNWGP FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE QUILT
  In the Internet2 spirit of cooperation, and as a natural consequence of the growth and evolution of Internet2, large regional aggregating gigapops from around the country have formed a new UCAID Project called The Quilt. The Pacific Northwest Gigapop is a founding member of The Quilt.
  The Quilt will focus on finding inter-aggregator synergies in 1) delivery of Internet2 and commodity Internet services; 2) technologies associated with building and delivery of services; and 3) representing the group's common interests to vendors, industry and government.
  We believe that participation in The Quilt will allow the Pacific Northwest Gigapop to address issues of concern to our partners such as cost of services, expansion of bandwidth, and opportunities to participate in broad-scale programs, including in the K20 educational and outreach arena.
  For more information on The Quilt, see http://www.thequilt.net, or contact Jan Eveleth at the PNWGP, eveleth@cac.washington.edu or 206-221- 2300.

K20 SPARK LIGHTS INTERNET2
  Washington State K20 network has begun the new school year as a full member of Internet2. Why do we care?
  Nine years ago, the number of dotcoms world wide was well under a thousand; there was no graphical interface to the World Wide Web; and the word "Internet" passed the lips only of academics and researchers.
  So what was the big deal in hooking up all of our public schools? What could sixth graders possibly learn on the Internet?
  The early K12 adopters in our region were avid in their desire to bring this technology into the schools and shape it into a tool that would help our children to learn. Some of those early adopters in our region include the Seattle, Bellevue, and Clackamas County School Districts; Catlin Gable, Lakeshore, and The Bush Schools; the award-winning University of Washington DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities and Information Technologies) program that provides enabling technologies to disabled high school students to help them successfully find their way into high caliber University academic programs.
   The energy, interest, and fervor of these Internet activists were palpable. And what do they have to show for it?
   Most of all and best of all, a half generation of students have shadowed researchers in the Antarctic, the North Pole, outer space, and under the ocean. They posed their questions directly to the researchers and got real time answers. They learned about space by viewing a multitude of Voyager satellite images online.
   They learned about other cultures by corresponding with electronic 'pen pals' and 'sister schools' across the world, exchanging music, pictures of their families, pets, friends, and artwork.
   They participated in and coalesced community environmental projects such as watershed monitoring for salmon habitat.
   They became a socially redeeming jewel in what was to become an electronic world of commerce and hype. The Internet is a better place because of what K12 has contributed.
   From the beginning, the Washington State legislature saw the enormous opportunities in networking and funded a statewide K20 network engineered to be Internet2-enabled from the start. This network has been operational for over four years. And this summer, they were included in the ranks of Abilene connectees.
   As we continue to shape and define Internet2, the Washington K20 voices, energy, and vision will be crucial to making the next generation of the Internet an even more compelling, enriching, and more human place in which to engage.
   Please join us in welcoming Washington K20 to Internet2!

CISCO TECHNICAL EVENT OCTOBER 8 IN SEATTLE
   The place is set (the Westin in Seattle), the panel of speakers are coming (Cisco technical experts), and you are welcome to attend this full day session compliments of Cisco. We encourage you to send your technical representatives to engage in a lively conversation with distinguished Cisco staff as well as with other technical representatives from participating PNWGP organizations. Haven't you just been eager to find out about the newest release? Upcoming developments? How they plan to fix that annoying 'feature' that you deal with every day? Well, this is your chance.
   To register, go to http://www.regweb.com/cisco/I2EduRoadshow. If you have questions, contact Michael Rich at 408-527-3617 or mrich@cisco.com.

OCTOBER PNWGP MEETING POSTPONED
   To those of you who marked your calendars for a mid-October meeting, thank you! Now please get out your eraser. I was not able to get a venue for the meeting (at least nothing that would support reasonable Internet connectivity). Will try again for the spring and let you know.

PARTICIPANT CONTRIBUTIONS: WHAT DO YOU DO WITH I2?
   The PNWGP Circular would like to circulate your success stories. This is an excellent opportunity to share research efforts, technical developments, programs, cultural initiatives, and "How Internet2 Changed My Life" stories. Please send an outline or overview of the topic you'd like to cover to gigapop-info@pnw-gigapop.net.

UPDATING YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
   If you have changes in personnel and/or contact info for administration, billing, technical, tech backup, or outages notifications, please email gigapop-info@pnw-gigapop.net or call 206-934-5588.

PNWGP Contact List

General Information

206-934-5588

888-934-5588

gigapop-info@pnw-gigapop.net

www.pnw-gigapop.net

Network Operations Center (24x7)

206-934-5580

888-934-5580

noc@pnw-gigapop.net

Web Site Contact

webmaster@pnw-gigapop.net

PNWGP Services Manager

Jan Eveleth

206-221-2300

Network Engineering Manager

David Richardson

206-934-5580

Mailing Address

4545 15th Ave N.E.

Seattle, WA 98105-4527

Fax

206-934-5589

888-934-5589

More information about Internet2 can be found at http://www.internet2.edu/

Circular 002 October 2001
Copyright (c) 2001 Pacific Northwest Gigapop