Calit2 Hosts 4th-Annual ON*VECTOR Photonics Workshop

3.10.2005 – Calit2, for the third year in a row and in partnership with the NSF-funded OptIPuter project, hosted the fourth-annual ON*VECTOR International Photonics Workshop at UCSD February 28-March 2. ON*VECTOR is a three-way research project in advanced optical networks among NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), and Tokyo University, Aoyama-Morikawa Laboratory. ON*VECTOR is supported by NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, which sponsored this workshop.

“The 2005 ON*VECTOR Photonics Workshops at Calit2 has been a valuable opportunity to exchange views with key people around the world who are developing, deploying, and using photonic networks,” said Kazuo Hagimoto, executive manager of NTT Network Innovations Laboratories.

ON*VECTOR group
ON*VECTOR workshop attendees under the
Sun God, part of UCSD's
Stuart Collection of sculptures

The 65 attendees represented an unusually diverse mix of 13 academic institutions, 2 U.S. national laboratories, 6 national networks, 1 state network (CENIC in California), 7 companies, and 8 countries: Australia, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and the U.S. (For a complete list of participant organizations, see the end of this article.)

The agenda for the three-day ON*VECTOR workshop addressed leading-edge user and telecommunications carrier issues, then focused on middleware, network control and management, new high-speed transmission protocols, the implications of lightpaths, trust and security, and deployment of optical networks in North America and Asia/Pacific.

“Workshop speakers this year reported on accelerating deployment of photonic networks around the world, the latest advances in middleware and networking technologies for so-called ‘LambdaGrids,’ and migration of data-intensive applications to exploit the enormous bandwidth they enable,” said Laurin Herr, president of Pacific Interface, Inc., and organizer of the meeting.

Calit2 director Larry Smarr addressed the group on the topic of photonics-enabled application grand challenges and opportunities. “This meeting brings together both academic and industrial researchers in optical networking and is setting the stage for the much larger iGRID meeting at Calit2 this fall,” he said.

Hidley and Winkler
Greg Hidley, Calit2/UCSD, and
Linda Winkler, Argonne National Laboratory

iGRID 2005, planned for September 26-30 at the new Calit2 building at UCSD, is a biannual “extreme networking demonstration event” attended by the world’s leaders in optical networking to showcase the demanding applications and international collaborations that the Global Lambda Integrated Facility can support. It is being organized by Tom DeFanti and Maxine Brown of EVL with funding anticipated from the National Science Foundation. (More on this meeting will appear on this Website as planning goes forward and at www.igrid2005.org .)  The GLIF itself will also meet in conjunction with iGRID.

Academic organizations participating:
Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan)
Chinese Academy of Science
Keio University
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)
MCNC
Northwestern University
UCSD
University of Amsterdam
University of Illinois at Chicago: Electronics Visualization Laboratory
University of Illinois at Chicago: National Center for Data Mining
University of Nagoya
University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute
University of Tokyo
University of Washington

US national labs participating:
Argonne National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Networks participating:
AARNET (Australia)
CANARIE (Canada)
CENIC (California)
CESNET (Czech Republic)
Japan Gigabit Network 2
National Lambda Rail (U.S.)
SURFnet (Netherlands)

Companies participating:
Glimmerglass
Lambda Optical Systems
Nortel Laboratories
NTT  Laboratories
Pacific Interface, Inc.
Telcordia
Terabit Corp.

About ON*VECTOR:
ON*VECTOR is a three-way research project in advanced optical networking. Project participants include NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) and Tokyo University, Aoyama-Morikawa Laboratory. ON*VECTOR is supported by NTT Network Innovation Laboratories. The ON*VECTOR project is managed by Pacific Interface in Oakland, California.