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DTC Seminar Series

The Abilene Observatory: Current Status and Future Directions


Rick Summerhill
University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development

Thursday, October 23, 2003
10:00 am

402 Walter Library

Rick SummerhillDownload slides (pdf 934 KB) This talk will focus on the Abilene Observatory, its current status and future directions. The Abilene Observatory supports the development of an integrated data archive of all performance and network status information collected on the Abilene Network with the aim of providing access to researchers who wish to study an operational network in a way not possible in the commercial Internet. In addition, the Observatory also provides for the co-location of network experiments and measurement servers developed by the research community.

Rick Summerhill presenting

Rick Summerhill presenting


As Associate Director of the Backbone Network Infrastructure at UCAID, Rick Summerhill has engineering responsibility for the Abilene Network. Abilene currently provides high-performance connectivity and access to advanced services from over 200 research universities and affiliated institutions. Prior to joining Internet2 in December of 2002, Rick served as the executive director of the Great Plains Network, an Internet2 GigaPop centered at Kansas City, Missouri. He has been associated with network engineering at the campus, state, and regional levels for the last twenty years. Prior to network engineering, he served on the research faculty in Mathematics at Kansas State University. Rick attended Monmouth College where he received a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics and The University of Iowa where he received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics.