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Subject: I2-NEWS: Sun Microsystems and Internet2 Create Directory Testbed
for Higher Education
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 08:24:46 -0400
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SUN MICROSYSTEMS AND INTERNET2 CREATE DIRECTORY TESTBED FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
Washington, D.C., June 19, 2001--Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Internet2 today
announced the development of the Directory of Directories for Higher
Education (DoDHE). The directory of directories is a service testbed
enabling people to find and communicate with each other in the United States
by using high performance network applications such as video-conferencing.
The Directory will support over 6 million people in the United States.
"This testbed allows us to develop tools needed to create white pages for
all of higher education," said Michael Gettes, Principle Technologist for
Georgetown University. "Students, faculty and staff will be able to find
colleagues and collaborators and learn how to connect to them using tools
from instant messaging to video-conferencing."
"The Internet2 community has done some ground breaking work on addressing
the critical need for a coordinated directory schema across University
campuses," said Kim Jones, Vice President, Global Education and Research for
Sun Microsystems. "We are excited to be collaborating with Internet2 by
providing the hardware, technology and license support to make this project
The DoDHE testbed will extend beyond current technologies by linking
enterprise based directories using open and scalable technologies to enable
real-time searching. In contrast to current Web directories, this effort
aims to develop the tools and practices that allow people to control and
update their own information. The testbed will explore issues such as
scalability, parallel searching and user interface.
The Directory of Directories is part of the Internet2 Middleware Initiative,
which is developing the software between the network and the applications to
provide services such as identification, authentication, authorization,
directories and security. By promoting standardization and interoperability,
middleware makes advanced network applications much easier to use.
Sun and iPlanet are contributing E450 Servers along with the 6 million entry
developmental license to develop and test the directory service suite.
Led by over 180 US universities, working with industry and government,
Internet2 is developing and deploying advanced network applications and
technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of
tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships of academia,
industry and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.
For more information about Internet2, see: http://www.internet2.edu/