Indiana University has honoured the GlobalNOC's past and future at a 15th anniversary celebration in the Informatics & Communications Technology Complex on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and chief information officer, lead the celebration, and IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Internet2 Vice President Rob Vietzke offered additional remarks.
"The Global NOC has been at the heart of Indiana University's leadership in the operation and management of high-speed national and international research and education networks for the past 15 years. It has now grown into the pre-eminent network operations centre of its type anywhere in the world. Its continued growth and success are further confirmation of IU's position as a world leader in the uses and applications of information technology and in computer networking in particular", stated IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "Nearly every discipline from anthropology to zoology is today truly global. And high speed research and education networks play an essential part in binding these disciplines together and making this possible. The international networks supported by the Global NOC enable a level of collaboration among researchers at the world's universities and other institutions that could not even have been imagined just 20 years ago."
"On a personal note, I am honoured to have played a role in establishing the NOC and I want to commend all those who have played a role and who continue to play a role, in the extraordinary success the Global NOC has enjoyed over the last 15 years. I especially want to acknowledge the roles of the late Jacob Levanon under whose leadership the GlobalNOC was brought into existence, and Dave Jent, who has overseen such spectacular growth in the NOC."
IU formed the GlobalNOC in 1998 to provide 24-hour network operations services for Internet2's first national network, and Internet2 again used GlobalNOC services to complete its new 100 gigabits per second national network. Today, Internet2 operates the nation's fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network. GlobalNOC's Service Desk, Network Engineering, and Software and Systems teams support the new network, and these teams ensure the reliability, performance and advanced capabilities for Internet2 and more than 20 advanced network projects.
Indiana University was the first university to connect to the new Internet2 high-speed network that enables IU researchers to push the frontiers of Big Data, Grid computing and even technical innovation in the network itself. GlobalNOC also manages networks to Asia and Europe - as well as a direct link to China - to enable researchers at U.S. universities and around the world to collaborate at the frontiers of human discovery. Human genomics sequencing in Asia, massive physics data from the Large Hadron Collider in Europe and astrological images from Australia and South America move across these networks.
For the state of Indiana, the GlobalNOC is a true success story - creating jobs, attracting talented people and bringing more than $20 million dollars in research funding to the state. Since 1998, it has grown from three to 80 highly skilled, full-time employees, providing career options for Indiana college graduates and recruiting talent to the state. The GlobalNOC has also attracted new IU faculty who study network performance, win federal research grants and attract highly talented students.
"GlobalNOC has been a triple success for IU's service to the state, the nation and the world", stated Brad Wheeler. "The university and the state have the service of some of the nation's most advanced network engineers via the I-Light network, and the GlobalNOC has helped stem and reverse the state's so-called 'brain drain' by creating jobs and recruiting staff and their families to Indiana. IU's networks team has earned the respect of networking teams around the country and brought in numerous federal projects and public sector work from other states."
"When 36 of the world's best research institutions created Internet2 in 1996, the mission was to remain steps ahead of all other internet networks and to provide more advanced capabilities to support America's researchers, while maintaining superior execution", stated H. David Lambert, president and chief executive officer of Internet2. "With support that extended to Indiana's legislature, Indiana University put forth a proposal in 1998 to become a critical partner to the Internet2 community's vision for advanced networking. Today, the continued success of that commitment is realized in Indiana through the continued growth of the GlobalNOC. Our partnership and wise investment to implement the Internet2 vision are benefiting Indiana and enabling the U.S. research and education community to stay out in front."
GlobalNOC's current partners and projects include: