The Quilt Fall Member Meeting – Portland, OR
Portland, Oregon was the gathering site of over 50 individuals from Quilt member organizations and Quilt community partners for our Fall 2011 Member Meeting. We wish thank David Crowe and the Oregon GigaPoP for hosting our event at the University of Oregon – Portland campus in the recently renovated White Stag Block.
Highlights from the member meeting include a BTOP Breakfast which was a roundtable discussion of updates from regional networks involved in BTOP infrastructure projects. Another program highlight was a panel of members speaking about the impact of the Quilt Peer Review Service on their organization and the value of the process in supporting our membership organizations in times of change. Several Quilt members also shared brief updates on strategies to connect additional community anchor institutions in their states and opportunities for new “above the net” service offerings.
Presentations about the efforts of research and education networks to deploy facilities capable of supporting 100G traffic flows was another key part of the program. This topic was addressed by the meeting’s guest speaker, Steve Cotter from ESnet, and also Quilt member organizations who shared their experiences deploying 100G capable networks as part of the grants each received from the National Science Foundation’s ARI program.
Our member meetings always provide a forum for great discussions, idea generation and an opportunity to share news on individual member projects. Thank you to all who joined us in Portland for the insightful discussions and informative presentations. For those interested, presentations from the meeting are available here.
We look forward to seeing everyone again at our Winter Meeting in February 2012.