GPN2010: The Great Plains Network Annual Meeting
Explore, Discover, Innovate!
June 3 and 4, Welcome Reception Evening of June 2
Jennifer M. Schopf, Ph.D., National Science Foundation
Dr. Jennifer M. Schopf is a program officer at the National Science overseeing middleware, networking, and campus bridging programs with an emphasis on sustainable approaches to pragmatic software infrastructure. She also holds an appointment at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), where she is helping to develop a vision and implementation strategy to strengthen WHOI’s participation in cyberinfrastructure and ocean informatics programs. Prior to this, she was a Scientist at the Distributed Systems Lab at Argonne National Laboratory for 7 years, and spent 3½ years as a researcher at the National eScience Center in Edinburgh, UK. She received MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, San Diego in Computer Science and Engineering. Currently, her research interests include monitoring, performance prediction, and anomaly detection in distributed system environments. She has co-edited a book, co-authored over 50 refereed papers, and given over 90 invited talks.
Rob Vietzke, Internet2
Rob Vietzke is Executive Director of Network Services for Internet2. His responsibilities include the operational aspects of the Internet2 network, state and regional network relationships, internal Internet2 IT systems and other management areas. Rob served as the transition director for the Internet2 network upgrade from the Abilene network to the new Internet2 network. Prior to joining Internet2, Rob was Director of Networking and Telecommunications for the University of Connecticut and Director and Network Architect for the Connecticut Education Network. The Connecticut Education Network was the first K20 network in the United States to deploy an all optical gigabit network to ever school district and college in a state.
Harcharan Singh and Gordon Springer, Fault Tolderant and Highly Available Entitlement Server for CI Collaboration Graduate Student Presentation Award Winner!
Veerendra Shirole and Gordon Springer, Incorporating X.509 Security Certificate Based Authentication Into Shibboleth Authentication Mechanism Graduate Student Presentation Award Winner!
Detailed Meeting Agenda
|Thursday, June 3, 2010|
|8:30 AM||Welcome||Claude Garelik, Executive Council Chair, GPN|
|8:45 AM||Keynote: Evolving Internet2 Services in a Changing Climate||Rob Vietzke, Executive Director, Networking Services/Internet2|
|10:30 AM||Panel: All About the Network: New Connections, New Services, and Future Directions||Bill Mitchell, GPN, Moderator, Hank Niederhelm, MOREnet, Kent Christenen, UNL|
|11:30 AM||A Brief Introduction to TransitRail/CPS||David Reese, CENIC|
|1:00 PM||Keynote||Jennifer Schopf, Ph.D., National Science Foundation|
|2:15 PM||High Performance Computing Sustainability Across the GPN Region||Ron Roeber, UNL, Moderator|
|Panelists||Daniel Andresen, KSU, Neal Hodges, SDSMT, Rick McMullen, KU, Gordon Springer, MU, David Swanson, UNL|
|3:45 PM||MOREnet: Financial Hard Times: How One State Network is Responding||John Gillespie, Executive Director, MOREnet|
|4:15 PM||Identity Management Presentations|
|Federated CI Collaboration||Gordon Springer, UM|
|Incorporating X509 Security-Certificate Based Authentication into the Shibboleth Authentication Mechanism||Veerendra Shirole, UM|
|Fault Tolerant and Highly Available Entitlement Server for CI Collaboration||Harcharan Singh, UM:|
|5:00 PM||Adjourn: Dinner on your own|
|Birds of a Feather Sessions, Thursday Evening|
|7:00 PM||Funding with Jennifer Schopf|
|8:00 PM||Regional Brewing Tips and Tricks|
Note: This schedule is no longer being followed.
|Friday, June 4, 2010|
|8:30 AM||Daily Update||Greg Monaco, GPN|
|8:45 AM||Keynote: Tracking Genes and Hunting for Mutations: Genetics of Complex Traits in the Dog||Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health|
|10:30 AM||DUSEL Where we are and Where we want to go||Neal Hodges, SDSMT|
|11:00 AM||Panel: The Great Plains Environment for Network Innovation (GpENI): A Programmable Testbed for Future Internet Architecture Research||James Sterbenz, KU, Moderator|
|Panelists||James P.G. Sterbenz (KU), Deep Medhi (UMKC), Byrav Ramamurthy (UNL), Caterina Scoglio (KSU), Cort Buffington (KanREN), Greg Monaco (GPN), Donald Rick McMullen (KU)|
|1:00 PM||GPN Cyberinfrastructure Services: CI Advisory Committee Report||Rick McMullen|
|2:00 PM||Poster Session|
|3:00 PM||Presentation of Graduate Student Awards||Sponsored by Open Technologies|
Revised Friday Schedule
NOTE: THE SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY HAS CHANGED.
8:30 AM CI Advisory Committee Report
9:00 AM Duesel
9:30 AM GpENI Panel
10:30 AM Break
11:00 AM POSTER SESSION
12:30 Graduate Student Awards
Graduate Student Awards
There were 8 awards, sponsored by Open Technologies, for graduate student posters and presentations.
Presentation Award Winners
Incorporating X509 Security-Certificate Based Authentication into the Shibboleth Authentication Mechanism by Veerendra Shirole, University of Missouri
This presentation discusses the current state of federations and CI collaboration efforts in the Internet2 community. It includes an update on the opportunities and benefits of some new activities in the InCommon Federation along with an update on progress being made in supporting collaboration efforts in the Great Plains Network. The focus is on making it easier to facilitate collaborations in federated environments. In addition to providing a more general update on the status of federations among higher education institutions, as well as some industrial partners, this talk also identifies some of the impediments to widespread use of CI infrastructure on a regional or larger scale. Some proposed solutions to these problems will be introduced so that talks that discuss recent implementations by graduate students at the University of Missouri can be presented.
Fault Tolerant and Highly Available Entitlement Server for CI Collaboration by Harcharan Singh, University of Missouri
Managing identities and authorizing access to services is facilitated by the Shibboleth System to provide collaboration capabilities across multiple organizations and institutions. The service provider component of a Shibboleth-enabled environment is used, in part, for authenticating users. An entitlement server is a server application that is used during the authorization process by a service provider. The entitlement server keeps records about users having various entitlements. A service provider can send a query to an entitlement server to check if a user has a particular entitlement. Upon return the SP has a yes or no answer with which it makes further decisions about providing a particular service or not. An entitlement server can handle entitlements from multiple virtual organizations. Currently, a single entitlement server is used to check the entitlements of users. One drawback of using a single entitlement server is that the service provider must be aware of the location where the entitlement server is available. Moreover, a single entitlement server does not support fault tolerance. The failure of the entitlement server results in the authorization process failure.
Poster Award Winners
GpENI@UNL: UNL Contributions to a Regional Testbed by Mukesh Sudabee, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
GpENI Demonstration by Justin Rohrer, University of Kansas
The Great Plains Environment for Network Innovation (GpENI) is an international programmable network testbed centered on a regional optical network in the Midwest US, providing flexible infrastructure across the entire protocol stack to enable research in Future Internet Architecture. This poster and demonstration provides an overview to the architecture, topology, operation, and use of GpENI. GpENI is funded in part by the US National Science Foundation GENI (Global Environments for Network Innovation) program and by the EU FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) Programme.
MyVINI: Virtual Network Functionality for GpENI by Ramkumar Cherukuri, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Improving Location Aware Survivability in Mobile Networks by M. Todd Gardner and Parikshit Juluri, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Performance Impacts due to Number Portability under Various Routing Schemes by Xuan Liu, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Viral Conductance: Quantifying the robustness of networks with respect to virus spread by Mina Youssef, Kansas State University
Many complex networks are considered robust but yet vulnerable to different types of attacks. In this paper, we focus on the robustness of networks to the spread of viruses. The epidemic threshold is a classical measure of network robustness. It does not only neglect number of infected nodes at steady state, but also all possible attack strengths that can harm the network. We introduce a new network robustness measure called Viral Conductance VC, which measures the vulnerability of networks to all possible effective infection rates and the corresponding number of infected nodes at the steady state. We also propose a heuristic to compute VC for large networks with high accuracy. Upper and lower bounds of VC are derived based on the network topological characteristics. We determine the viral conductance of regular graphs, complete bi-partite graphs, scale-free graphs, watts-strogatz graphs and a number of realistic networks, and we compare them with the robustness value obtained from the heuristic. We classify the networks according to their robustness to the spread of virus, and we show that the spectral radius is not a sufficient metric to measure network robustness.
Towards Storage Optimization on Email Server by Daehee Kim, University of Missouri, Kansas City
As email is becoming the most prominent method of today’s communication and the volume of emails is ever increasing, this is leading to a need for larger storage space for mail boxes. Toward optimizing storage demands, we propose a simple yet effective de-duplication approach for email servers. We have analyzed a cooperate email data set, and observe that a significant portion of emails are destined to multiple recipients that would cause duplicate copies of a same message in an email server. We propose to filter such emails and store them in a shared mailbox. Each recipient will have only a pointer to the pool. A recipient counter maintains how many users have access to the email, and when the count becomes zero, the email is removed from the shared mailbox. We have implemented the email de-duplication scheme using linux sendmail and milter. The approach has a number of advantages over an existing email storage optimization technique –i.e., MS exchange single instance store that reduces redundancies within one database of a server. They include i) low implementation complexity, ii) low operational overhead, and iii) de-duplication over an entire server level. The proposed approach may be further enhanced with other finer granular techniques such as attachment level or block level de-duplication techniques.
GpENI Experimentation, A Testbed to Support Renewable Energy by Ali Sydney, Kansas State University
One of the objectives of the Wind for Schools program, supported by the DOE National Renewable Energy Center Laboratory, is to equip academic institutions with the knowledge and skill to study and subsequently, contribute to advancements in the development and deployment of renewable resources. In particular, turbines have been installed at nine schools in Kansas including Concordia, KSU, and Sterling, just to name a few. With this in mind, our goal in this demonstration is to utilize the GpENI aggregate to support this initiative by providing dedicated network resources and the expertise necessary to support this venture.
GPN2010 will be held at the Embassy Suites on the Plaza in Kansas City, for $124 a night.
Group Name: Great Plains Network
Group Code: GPN
Thursday, June 3, to Friday June 4, 2010
You will be informed of the poster size after your submission.