Internet2's Top 10 Firsts and Other Achievements

Let's take a look at the major achievements and first in the life of Internet2.


As Internet 2 celebrates its 15th anniversary, here are 10 major achievements and firsts.

Read an in-depth analysis of Internet2 along with a timeline.

No. 1: First U.S. production deployment of 100 Gigabit Ethernet

-- Timeframe: 100G Ethernet Network project began in October 2010, first new 100G optical routes operational by summer 2011
-- Collaborators: Indiana University, The Northern Tier Network Consortium, Infinera, Ciena, Juniper Networks, Cisco
-- Funding sources: Internet2, Ciena, Infinera, Juniper and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)
-- Website

No. 2: First nationwide dual stack IPv4/IPv6 production network with native multicast capabilities

-- Timeframe: 2000
-- Collaborators: Indiana University, Juniper Networks
-- Funding sources: Internet2
-- Website

No. 3: Co-Development of Interdomain Dynamic Circuit Provisioning Technology

-- Timeframe: Development began in 2004, put into production on the Internet2 Network as the ION Service, enabling dynamic interdomain VLAN provisioning in 2008
-- Partners: ESnet, California Institute of Technology, GEANT, CANARIE, Indiana University
-- Funding sources: Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Internet2
-- Website

No. 4: The Internet2 Observatory, An Archive of Internet2 Traffic Statistics

-- Timeframe: Established in 2002
-- Collaborators: Indiana University
-- Funding sources: HP, Internet2
-- Website

No. 5: The Megaconference Series, The First 1,000+ Multipoint Videoconference

-- Timeframe: First Megaconference was held in 1999
-- Collaborators: OARnet, Ohio State University, MAGPI, the Internet2 Commons
--Funding sources: OARnet, Ohio State University, MAGPI, the Internet2 Commons provide staff, equipment and other resources
-- Website

No. 6: First demonstration of Telepresence Services Interoperability

-- Timeframe: Fall 2009
-- Collaborators: Polycom, OARnet, Tandberg, Lifesize Communications, Internet2
-- Funding sources: n/a
-- Website

No. 7: First Virtual K-12 Field Trips With Oceanographer Bob Ballard

-- Timeframe: approximately 2004
-- Collaborators: the JASON project, Mystic Aquarium, NOAA, the Internet2 K20 Initiative
-- Funding sources: the JASON project (and its funding partners), Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, NOAA
-- Website

No. 8: First Public Multicast of Professional Orchestra Performance Series - The Philadelphia Orchestra

-- Timeframe: Began 2008
-- Collaborators: The Philadelphia Orchestra, MAGPI
-- Funding sources: Philadelphia Orchestra
-- Website

No. 9: Development of Open-Source Shibboleth Software

-- Timeframe: Development began in 2000
-- Collaborators: Brown University, The Ohio State University, University of Memphis, Internet2, University of Washington, Georgetown University, the Swiss Education & Research Network (SWITCH), Edina/JISC.
-- Funding sources: Internet2, National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Google, the Internet Society, and numerous institutions and network organizations contributed staff resources to the development.
-- Website

No. 10: First National Identity Management Federation: InCommon

--Timeframe: established 2005
-- Collaborators: Established and operated by Internet2, guided by The InCommon Steering Committee, comprised of University CIOs and other Higher Education IT Executives and the InCommon Technical Advisory Committee
-- Funding sources: Internet2
-- Website