KINBER Increases Internet2 Research and Education Network Capacity Dedicated 100Gbps to Support Research and Scientific Innovation in Pennsylvania February 26, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 26, 2020) – The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) today announced it has established a new dedicated 100 Gigabit Ethernet connection to the Internet2 national research and education network out of KINBER’s Philadelphia Point-of-Presence, located at 401 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia.

This new direct 100Gbps connection replaces and enhances the existing connection to Internet2, which KINBER had via Drexel University at a 20Gbps capacity, and provides access and capabilities to support the increased requirements and network demands across the statewide KINBER membership. [Read the full press release at KINBER | NEWS]

LEARN Announces New CEO January 31, 2020

Lubbock, Texas (January 31, 2020) – LEARN Board of Directors has selected Akbar Kara to
succeed Pankaj Shah as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 31, 2020.

Kara has served as LEARN’s only Chief Technology Officer since 2006. He has 26 years of direct
networking experience with campus, regional, and international networks supporting science
and discovery. Prior to LEARN, Kara served as Network Director at the Columbia University
Medical Center. Kara recently led and completed a $2M optical backbone upgrade of the entire
LEARN network and he also architected a regional collaboration strategy with the neighboring
states that reduces TCO for content delivery and other network services. Over the years, Kara
has served five times as WAN Transport Committee Chair for an International Super Computing
Conference. [Read full press release LEARN | NEWS]

IU’s GlobalNOC offers network monitoring service, improving research collaboration January 31, 2020

The NetSage regional network monitoring system, was previously only available to users who collaborated via an NSF grant.

Indiana University’s Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC), a leader for 20 years in research networks, has expanded its service offering to include NetSage, a regional network monitoring system. Until recently, network owners interested in using NetSage had to be part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) project with the International Networks at IU (IN@IU) team in order to have a deployment for their system.

NetSage is a network measurement, analysis, and visualization service designed to address the needs of today’s regional networks, especially in regard to global science research. Funded by the NSF, NetSage is a collaboration between network and data visualization experts from IU, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Energy Science Network to detect and resolve network performance issues across a region. [Read the full news article at IU GlobalNOC | News & Events]