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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Full Agenda at All Hands Meeting

This week's All Hands Meeting at Calit2, University of California at San Diego and attended by NLR members from around the country covered a lot of ground. Here's a quick take on key topics.

The backbone upgrade to Cisco 10454's has been completed in record time, thanks to a tremendous team effort led to Grover Browning, Ron Milford and others. Related engineering changes, capacity planning and new opportunities for members were a major topic of discussion.

Also, transition to 40 GE and what it means to NLR, the NLR Dynamic VLAN service via Sherpa and NLRView performance tests.

TelePresence on the NLR infrastructure also received a good chunk of the agenda. NLR provided guidance on specific steps needed for members to become Cisco TelePresence ready, how TelePresence can be supported in a campus/RON environment and opportunies presented by the NLR TelePresence Exchange.

Several updates provided on research running on NLR, including Open Cloud Computing and GENI.

A highlight was Tom DeFanti of Calit2 and his teams hosting several bleeding-edge demos on next-gen virtual reality and graphics. More on these and NLR's role in a separate post soon.