February 18, 2009: EVL Demonstrate Gigabit-Networked Applications at World's Largest General Science Conference

EVL Associate Director Maxine Brown (right) interacts with Czech researcher Petr Holub via HD video teleconferencing, as the NSF's director Arden Bement, former NSF Director Rita Colwell, and EVL student Ed Kahler, look on.

The transformative technology of high-performance networking in support of science was prominently featured at the 175th American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting held February 12-16 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. For the first time, the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided an advanced network service for its exhibition space at the conference, enabling multiple gigabit-performance applications to be demonstrated continuously.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Northwestern University were invited by the NSF to showcase its International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program in the city where StarLight, the world's most advanced communications exchange facility, was established with funding from the NSF.

To support the demonstrations, a high-performance network was extended from StarLight, located on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University, to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, site of the conference. The StarLight communication services supported high-resolution video teleconferences with international collaborators as well as several high-performance application demonstrations.

Read more at http://www.evl.uic.edu/core.php?mod=4&type=4&indi=627

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