WINS: SC21 Call for Participation, Deadline 1/15/2021 December 09, 2020

The Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program is now accepting applications for the 2021 program. Since 2015, the WINS program has provided an immersive “hands-on” mentorship opportunity for early- to mid-career women in the IT field who are selected to participate in the ground-up construction of SCinet, one of the fastest and most advanced computer networks in the world, built annually for the Supercomputing Conference (SC) to be held in St. Louis, MO in 2021.

The program collaborates with SCinet committee leadership to match each awardee with a SCinet team and a mentor; offers travel funding for awardees; and provides ongoing support and career development opportunities for the awardees before, during, and after the conference.

Interested and qualified women are encouraged to apply. WINS strives to have diverse representation of organizations and applicant backgrounds in the cohort each year. In order to further broaden the diversity within the WINS program itself, preference this year will be given to applicants who are historically underrepresented in the Information Technology field, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latinx.

The application deadline is January 15, 2021 at 11:59pm AoE. To apply:

WINS is a joint effort between the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and works collaboratively with the SC program committee.

Announcement courtesy of: 
Marla Meehl
Section Head: Network Engineering and Telecommunications Section (NETS)
Manager: Front Range GigaPoP (FRGP)
PI: Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)


CENIC Announces New and Diverse Fiber Route from Sacramento to Northern California December 01, 2020

La Mirada, CA, and Berkeley, CA, Dec. 1, 2020 — CENIC has built a new and diverse fiber path between Sacramento and northern California, adding to its inland route. The new path creates a diverse 260-mile regional loop from Sacramento and back, traveling through Colusa, Corning, Palo Cedro, and Chico. The path has 3.2 terabits of spectrum capacity and includes new nodes in Chico and Palo Cedro.

CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN) serves the vast majority of K-20 students, educators, researchers, and individuals at other vital public-serving institutions. CalREN operates over 8,000 miles of fiber optic cable and serves more than 20 million users.

“This new and diverse path demonstrates our commitment to provide reliable, high-capacity, low-latency network connectivity to our members in northern California,” said CENIC President and CEO Louis Fox. “Upgrading our core backbone network infrastructure provides CENIC’s members with a more robust and efficient network on which to conduct data-intensive research, support teaching and learning, provide cutting-edge medical care, and enhance community engagement.”

Adding network diversity ensures that there are alternative paths available for network traffic in the event of a disaster or technical failure, preventing any disruption of system operation and maintaining continuity of service. This new route also increases backbone capacity at Corning to 100G and opens up potential aggregation sites for local networks to connect to CalREN. [Read the full article at CENIC | NEWS]

OARnet elevates Fullmer to chief technology officer, Wise to director of networking December 01, 2020

Changes to organizational structure enhance OARnet’s capabilities and efficiency
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec 1, 2020) —  The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) announced today the promotion of Mark Fullmer to chief technology officer and the appointment of Aaron Wise as his replacement as director of networking, effective immediately.

Reflecting Fullmer and Wise’s expertise and leadership, these changes are key to ensuring OARnet’s long-term success as one of the most advanced statewide network infrastructures in the United States.

“Mark Fullmer and Aaron Wise are nationally renowned network engineers,” said Pankaj Shah, executive director of OARnet. “Ohio is very fortunate to have Mark and Aaron lead the OARnet engineering team responsible for our critical statewide backbone and services. It is always very heartening to see such talent evolve from within a highly technical organization.”

Fullmer, who has grown through the ranks at OARnet since 2000 and most recently served as the organization’s network director, will oversee infrastructure maintenance and development and the implementation of new technologies for the entire network. Working with partners inside and outside of OARnet, Fullmer will also direct hardware and fiber procurement strategies, lead long-term planning for networking, security and systems engineering, and develop state and federal proposals for network research and design. Prior to joining the team at OARnet, Fullmer worked for KarlNet and The Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2002. [Read the full press release at OARnet]