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“Quilt” to advance research and education networking

More than 15 leading regional research and education networking organizations in the U.S. have teamed up to take part in a new joint effort called "The Quilt" to promote and extend advanced networking...


December 1, 2001  


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More than 15 leading regional research and education networking organizations in the U.S. have teamed up to take part in a new joint effort called “The Quilt” to promote and extend advanced networking services.

The organizations have partnered to promote consistent, reliable, interoperable and efficient advanced networking services, and to represent common interests in the development and delivery of these services. Participants in the Quilt provide network service for over 140 Internet2 universities and thousands of other educational institutions.

The University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), a university-led research and development consortium, will provide organizational home for The Quilt.

The Quilt will undertake three initial projects. The Regional Optical Networking Project will provide a forum for communication about technologies and business practices in use and under experimentation by participants implementing fiber optic network infrastructure. The Measurement Infrastructure Project will support end-to-end performance by collecting and disseminating a common set of network measurements across regional network infrastructures. The Commodity Internet Services Project will focus on the acquisition of commercial Internet services.

“The Quilt complements other UCAID initiatives by providing a framework to foster the development and extend the deployment of the advanced network technologies and applications that are at the core of UCAID’s mission,” said Douglas Van Houweling, president and CEO of UCAID.

Initial participants in The Quilt are CENIC, EDUCAUSE, the Front Range GigaPoP, Great Plains Network, the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads, Merit Network, Inc., Metropolitan Research and Education Network, North Carolina GigaPoP, Net.Work.Virginia, Northern Crossroads, NYSERNet, OARnet, Pacific/Northwest GigaPoP, Pittsburgh GigaPoP, Southern Crossroads, Southeastern Research Universities Association and the Texas GigaPoP.


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