'Internet2 Day at Nebraska' is Nov. 13

'Internet2 Day at Nebraska' is Nov. 13

On Friday, September 12 at 7:30pm the Chiara String Quartet will perform the first concert of the 2014-2015 Hixson-Lied Concert Series at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Kimball Recital Hall (11th and R Streets).
The Chiara String Quartet is featured in Internet2 Day at Nebraska activities on Nov. 13. The quartet will rehearse via a high-speed connection with Northern Illinois University's Avalon Quartet.

A long-distance musical rehearsal and UNL's participation in the Large Hadron Collider project will highlight a first-ever “Internet2 Day at Nebraska.”

The daylong event is Nov. 13 at Nebraska Innovation Campus and will feature technology innovations that enable advancing research and education. The event is open to faculty and staff. Reservations for the lunch are required.

A demonstration of Low Latency Audio and video conferencing will feature the Chiara String Quartet, Hixson-Lied Artists-in-Residence at UNL, and the Avalon Quartet from Northern Illinois University. Conference participants will be able to watch the two quartets rehearse via a high-speed connection between Lincoln and DeKalb, Ill.

“We chose the last movement of Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings because it begins like a round, with every player entering in order from the lowest cello of the group on up,” says Jonah Sirota, violist with the Chiara Quartet. “A standard Internet connection simply isn't fast enough to support a collaborative musical connection like this, in real time. But with UNL and NIU's Internet2 pipeline, we will be testing the limits of video and audio-conferencing technology to see if a true rehearsal is possible across a significant distance.”

David Swanson, director of the Holland Computing Center, will give a presentation on UNL’s participation in moving large data sets as part of the Large Hadron Collider research originating with CERN in Switzerland.

A panel discussion will focus on federating identities across campuses and InCommon certification. The discussion will be led by Sharon Welna, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Also scheduled to speak is David Gift, associate vice president for community engagement, Internet2 and Shel Waggonner, senior vice president for Net+ services.

“UNL has been among the leaders in advanced networking services in support of research and education since the beginning of the modern computing era,” said Michael Ruhrdanz, director, Information Technology Services. “Recognizing the immense value Internet2 would bring to the university and the state, UNL was among the first institutions to become a member.”

That early support has translated into a system-wide membership with Internet2 for all University of Nebraska campuses, one of only two university system members in the nation.

For more information go to http://i2day.unl.edu.