"Internet2 was formed in the U.S. to provide an integrated platform connecting over 66,000 institutions across
"Universities were among the first institutions to outgrow bandwidth limitations of the internet due to high data transfer requirements of academic researchers collaborating with colleagues over long distances. In response, the academic and research community founded Internet2 in order to support high-performance applications for universities, and to address education's most pressing challenges - from the rising cost of education to the increasing globalization of research - as well as for exploring new technology-driven innovations.
"Playing a pivotal role in Georgetown's participation is
"By taking part in the Internet2 community, Georgetown becomes a crucial partner in the effort to produce new solutions for some of the challenges that research and education institutions face, due to the limitations of the Internet's bandwidth," explained Johnathon.
An example of how Georgetown benefits is in the notion of the global classroom. "Connecting the main campus and the
The main topic of discussion at the conference was the creation of an open exchange point supporting development of a GCC-wide network of NRENs and broader connectivity to other regional and global networks. An NREN, or a
"Right now, connectivity is very expensive - it's cheaper to connect to
Around thirty participants took part in the conference, now hosted twice by
"Networking is a key element in this venture." said Johnathon, adding "everything is based on voluntary contribution. This conference is about creating connections for these emerging markets, or NRENs. Internet2 is about sharing and collaboration for both research and educational purposes which, in turn, enhances Georgetown's strength as a global university."
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