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Internet2

Internet2® is a consortium being led by 200 worldwide universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 is recreating the partnership among academia, industry and government that fostered today's Internet in its infancy. The primary goals of Internet2 are to:

  • Create a leading edge network capability for the research community

  • Enable revolutionary Internet applications

  • Ensure the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community
  • The JUCC (Joint Universities Computer Centre) has established a 45 Mbps Internet2 connection through HARNET (Hong Kong Academic and Research Network) to the United States. This Internet2 link is shared by all the 8 JUCC member institutions. After thorough testing, the connection was finally established in late Oct 2002.

    The academics and researchers from the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong have alreadystarted many Internet2 collaborative research activities with their overseas peers. Examples include

  • Atmospheric research

  • Distance learning projects using videoconferencing technology

  • Bioinformatics databases

  • Grid Computing

  • Telemedicine
  • In addition, the HARNET Internet2 connection has been enhanced to support advanced networking features. For example, the next generation network protocol, IPv6, is currently supported together with IPv4. HARNET has also been enhanced to support IP multicast, which allows effective point-to-multipoint network communications.

    More information on Internet2 can be found at: http://www.jucc.edu.hk/Internet2