Birds of a Feather: National R&E Networks: Greg Bell, ESnet • Jerry Grochow, Internet2 • Kurt Snodgrass, NLR • Shelton Waggener, UCB
ESnet: ESnet provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at national laboratories, universities and other research institutions, enabling them to collaborate on some of the world's most important scientific challenges including energy, climate science, and the origins of the universe. Funded by the DOE Office of Science, and managed and operated by the ESnet team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides scientists with access to unique DOE research facilities and computing resources. Join Greg Bell, Acting Division Director for ESNet, who will provide an update on ESNet's current and future activities and direction.

Internet2: The Internet2 NET+ Services program was created to be the focus for .above the network. services provided to Internet2 member organizations and other higher education institutions. Internet2 NET+ Services will include existing programs such as Internet2's middleware and InCommon activities, as well as new services being developed with commercial and non-profit providers of cloud services. In partnering with Internet2, these cloud service providers will create platforms tailored to the needs of the Internet2 community, leveraging Internet2.s 100G network, relationships with regional networks such as CENIC, and InCommon identity management services. Nine schools are currently participating as early adopters or in pilots of two NET+ cloud services. This session will report on progress and experience to date and discuss plans for the future to work with regional associations and other providers of cloud services.

National LambdaRail: NLR is the innovation network for research and education. NLR's 12,000 mile, nationwide, advanced optical network infrastructure supports many of the world's most demanding scientific and network research projects. With no restrictions on usage or bandwidth, NLR is the platform of choice enabling cutting-edge exploration and discovery in the biomedical, engineering, network research, physics and many other disciplines at over 280 leading research institutions and federal agencies. NLR offers users the choice of Ethernet-, IP- or Lambda-based connectivity and transport services, as well as a complete, global Internet transit solution and highly customized technical support. Kurt Snodgrass, NLR's Chief Operating Officer, will share information regarding NLR today, as well as trends for tomorrow.

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