Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         CONTACT:
May 26, 1998                                     Sean Fulton
                                                 Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

                                                 Michael Schneider
                                                 Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Pittsburgh Hosts Meeting on New Internet Technologies

PITTSBURGH — Network engineers from around the country will meet in Pittsburgh, June 1 & 2, to learn about the next generation of Internet technologies. The meeting, organized by the National Center for Network Engineering (NCNE) at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and sponsored by the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research (NLANR), will provide in-depth technical and engineering information on connecting to and effectively using the very high performance Backbone Network Service (vBNS).

Launched in 1995 through an agreement between the National Science Foundation and MCI, vBNS provides a high-bandwidth, relatively congestion-free network to support scientific research. There are currently 50 universities and research centers connected to the vBNS and an additional 46 universities have received grants to connect. The vBNS transmits data at speeds up to 622 million bits per second, fast enough to transfer 12 copies of James Joyce's ULYSSES every second, more than 10 times faster than the current Internet.

Over 100 network engineers from current and future vBNS sites will attend the meeting. "In order to reap the benefits of high-performance networking, these sites need more than just a connection to the vBNS," said NCNE director Gwendolyn Huntoon. "We provide strategies for testing and implementing the latest networking technologies such as explicit routing and Quality of Service."

The meeting will be held at Carnegie Mellon University's McConomy Hall in the University Center. Seminars will be broadcast using multicast over the vBNS and Mbone over the Internet allowing remote video, audio and whiteboard interaction. In addition to the technical seminars, Pittsburgh-based Fore Systems — manufacturers of switches used in the vBNS — will sponsor a reception for attendees featuring a speech by Fore's senior vice president, Robert Sansom. William Decker, program director of the NSFNET Program, will present opening remarks.

Since 1986, PSC networking staff have played a leadership role nationally in the planning and development of networking technology as it evolved from NSFnet, a backbone linking research centers, to the current Internet and high-performance networks such as vBNS.

This is the second in a series of NLANR sponsored meetings aimed at highlighting different areas of high-performance networking. This June meeting will focus on advanced routing techniques and differentiated services. Additional information on registration and the meeting agenda are available at

NCNE is one of three components of NLANR, which began as a collaboration among five National Science Foundation supercomputing centers to coordinate vBNS connectivity. The Distributed Applications Support Team (DAST) at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications provides user-application support. The Measurement and Operations Analysis Team (MOAT) at San Diego Supercomputer Center conducts performance and flow measurements.

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Corp. It was established in 1986 and is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry.

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