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Activities

Winter Institute

The Winter Institute has become signature event of the TAMU ITEC.  Each year a blend of workshops and exercises set up at Disaster City provide an opportunity for technology providers, researchers, and first responders to collaborate and exercise next generation technology. Exercises are supported by Texas Task Force One, the Texas Army National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Public Safety Experiment Workshop

Having learned from the three years of holding network experiments, the ITEC held our first workshop in 2014 and workshops were held in 2015 and 2016.

National Emergency Number Association (NENA) NG 9-1-1 Industry Collaboration Events (ICE)

NENA is dedicated to ensuring that all of the goals of NG9-1-1, both technical and non-technical, are met. NENA views a range of testing programs as critical to accomplishing standards based NG9-1-1. NENA understands that it is the vendors of NG9-1-1 elements that will ultimately deliver the interoperability NG9-1-1 promises. Therefore, the first NG9-1-1 testing program sponsored by NENA supported the vendors in their testing with each other. These Industry Collaboration Events bring together vendors in an open, supportive, and collaborative environment that fosters a spirit of technical cooperation. The first event, ICE 1, was held at the ITEC in November 2009, and supported by Academy staff. ICE 1 brought together vendors that deliver NG9-1-1 elements that locate, route, and answer IP calls. ICE 2 was held at AT&T laboratories in Dallas, Texas, May 2010. ICE 2 focused on Transitional Elements defined to facilitate the migration from the current 9-1-1 system to NG9-1-1. Staff from the Academy assisted this event. ICE 4 was held again at AT&T laboratories in Dallas, November 2011 and evaluated recording systems and major component interactions. The test network was extended from AT&T’s facilities in Dallas to include the network
connections, equipment and NG9-1-1 components in the Academy / ITEC lab in the Academy lab in College Station. The test network for the entire ICE event was supported by staff of the Academy and Telecommunications and led by Dr. Arnold of the Academy from the test venue in Dallas.

Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN)

LEARN is a collaborative effort of 34 institutions of higher education in Texas to provide high-speed connectivity among their institutions as well as to research networks across the country in support of research, teaching, health care, and public service. The LEARN network enhances Texas’ research competitiveness and the state’s economic competitiveness and ability to provide state-of-the-art, cost-effective data communications that enable effective education of students around the state. Recent accomplishments include the completion of the planned fiber optic plant and detailed planning of an advanced WiMax wireless network. In addition, BVCnet provides computer and networking support to a targeted set of students.

Data Intensive Network

Grounded both in the Academy’s long history of working with TAMUIT on advanced campus networking and also in the Academy’s work within Internet2 on advanced end-to-end network performance, Willis Marti and Guy Almes have worked with their NIS and Academy colleagues on defining, designing, and bringing into operations a Data Intensive Network (DIN). The DIN is a small 10-Gb/s Ethernet network placed outside the firewalls that protect A&M’s local area network. The DIN hosts several campus cyberinfrastructure resources, including the Brazos and Hurr clusters and the Immersive Visualization Center, the HPRC clusters, and also including the router/switch that connects A&M to the LEARN/Internet2 wide-area 10-Gb/s network. This has two key consequences: (a) it enables very-high-speed flows among connected campus resources (e.g., enabling real-time visualization of Brazos computations) and (b) it enables very-high-speed flows between A&M campus cyberinfrastructure resources and XSEDE sites (e.g., enabling high-speed file transfers between the Brazos cluster and the TACC Stampede HPC resource at the University of Texas). The DIN is particularly important in supporting Brazos’s role in the Physics CMS Tier 3 computing site, where pulling over multi-TByte data sets is now routine. The Brazos Cluster is also a registered site for Globus, enabling large file transfers from other sites as well as end user desktops. The DIN came into operation during 2010 and allows aggressive exercise of several concepts that derive from work on the EDUCAUSE Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group, the NSF Campus Bridging Task Force, and Internet2.