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Internet2 Extends Reach to Smaller Colleges and ­niversities

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Internet2 is expanding to smaller colleges and universities with "notable research projects and cyberinfrastructure needs."


Internet2 recently announced that it is expanding to smaller colleges and universities that have "notable research projects and cyberinfrastructure needs." A $1.3 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) will be used to fund the initiative, called Broadening the Reach: Support of Campus Cyberinfrastructure at Non-Research-Intensive and EPSCoR Institutions.

The initiative will offer three major workshops to assist the schools with competitive NSF infrastructure solicitations. "Each workshop will focus on technical, organizational, identity and access management and administrative aspects of upgrading and integrating cyberinfrastructure into the campus environment in support of campus based research and teaching activities," Internet2 says.

The project also will offer up to 30 campus consulting visits over the next two years. Consultants will assist with technical implementation as well as network administrator and CIO-level administrative issues. Technical assistance could include network security, science DMZ, software-defined networking, performance-monitoring infrastructure, and tools for understanding end-to-end performance.

"Network administrator and CIO-level administrative issues that may be addressed include understanding the relationship between campus IT policies and the underlying network infrastructure," Internet2 says.

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