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SCinet, the on-site network designed and built especially for the annual SC conference, establishes a state-of-the-art network that enables a rich environment for real time demonstrations, communications, and interactivity. SCinet welcomes working with applications developers who attempt to demonstrate using most or all the bandwidth provided. A high-speed network testbed is planned that provides access to major national networks and testbeds. Additionally, a virtual conference capability with international participants is planned. As in prior years, an elite team of researchers, exhibitors, communications carriers, and networking equipment suppliers, along with talented volunteers from universities, government and industry, will assemble and operate SCinet.
Networking at SC2000
A significant part of the technology showcased at each year's SC conference is the SCinet network that supports the conference and makes it (for the duration of the show) one of the most intense networks on the planet. The total connectivity between SC2000 and the outside world was 10.5 to 11 gigabits per second - a new record for the SC conferences!
This year, SCinet 2000 worked with many organizations to establish flexible wide area connectins to the show floor. For the first time SCinet offered tours of the NOC and other equipment for attendees and exhibitors. It was a chance to see the equipment from behind the scenes and talk to some of the vendors and volunteers who put together the network. Every year, SCinet brings together the best network prefessionals from across the country to help create the entire network and support all aspects of the program.
This past year, staff from many organizations supported Scinet, including: Aaronsen Group, Argonne National Labortaory (DOE), Army Research Laboratory (DOD), Avici Systems, Caltech, Cisco Systems, Dallas Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau, Extreme Networks, Foundry Networks, GST Telecom, Internet2, Juniper Networks, Lawrence Berkeley National Labortaory (DOE), Marconi, MCI, MITRE Corporation, National Center for Scientific Applications (NSF), Northeast Regional Data Center/University of Florida, Nichols Research/CSC, Nortel Networks, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (DOE), Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest Loboratory (DOE), SBC Communications, Spirent, Texas A&M University, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Major Shared Resource Center (DOD), University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development, University of Tennessee/Knoxville, the Very high performance Backbone Network Services - vBNS (NSF).