San Diego Chosen as Third ITEC Location

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UCSD has been selected by Internet2 as a national Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC). The mission of the center will be to test and evaluate leading-edge technologies for high-performance Internet2 networks—working with developers to test and refine network hardware and software for optimal end-to-end network performance up to 10 gigabits per second. Internet2 is a consortium led by more than 200 U.S. universities, working with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced Internet applications and technologies.

The ITEC program was created by the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), the coordinator of the Internet2 program, to establish national network-testing laboratories for users of the nationwide high-performance Internet2 network infrastructure called Abilene. The three ITEC sites are located at SDSC, ITEC-Ohio at the Ohio Supercomputer Center in Columbus, and NC-ITEC at North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus.

"The California ITEC is especially interested in contributing to the Internet2 End-to-End Initiative," said Kevin Walsh, director of the California ITEC and the NPRL. Walsh is a network engineer at SDSC, the lead site of the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), a nationwide consortium of 41 research institutions that provide open computational resources for scientific discoveries

SDSC is a national laboratory whose mission is to develop and apply high-performance information technologies for science and society. A research unit of the University of California, San Diego, SDSC provides leadership both nationally and internationally in high-performance computing, networking, data management, and numerous scientific fields that depend on advanced simulations and data analyses. For more information, see http://www.sdsc.edu/.