New opportunities await on high-speed network

Jul 25, 2002

Kettering computer users, start your engines!

Kettering computer users, start your engines!

Kettering University has joined Internet2, a high-speed research computer network. Internet2 offers advanced networking capabilities so the nation's leading universities, teamed with government and industry partners, can build the next generation of the Internet.

"It's a great opportunity for the University to access the big computing horsepower," said Don Guthrie, Kettering vice president for Technology and chief information officer. "Internet 2 gives us access to a huge bank of computing power, opening up opportunities in research that include broader and larger computing models."

Don Vantine, director of Information Technology, said Internet2 advances the technology image of the university. "However, image is only the beginning," he said. "Now that we have a connection, we need to aggressively pursue the opportunities that Internet2 offers."

Vantine said applications pertinent to Kettering include:

  • advanced engineering projects,
  • virtual laboratories,
  • digital libraries,
  • remote collaboration, and
  • distributed instruction applications.

"We have an excellent opportunity to enhance our partnerships with industry and, perhaps, government agencies," Vantine said, noting that faculty can not only strengthen Kettering's educational initiatives, but make an impact in the world of advanced technology.

Here's some examples of how the high-speed network enables collaboration and interactive access not possible on today's Internet.

Remote instrumentation:

  • The nanoManipulator is an interface to scanning probe microscopes allowing users to see, feel and manipulate samples ranging in size from DNA to single atoms. Visit:

Interactive collaboration:

  • The Access Grid, Argonne National Laboratory, supports the requirements of group-to-group interactions across a computational grid and using large-format multimedia displays, presentations and interaction software and remote visualization environments. Visit:

Distributed computing:

  • The National Scalable Cluster Project has pioneered the application of cluster computing and high performance wide area networks to a variety of problems in data mining and data intensive computing.

Networked virtual reality:

  • Virtual Harlem is a virtual reality environment originally developed in collaboration with University of Missouri-Columbia to supplement African American literature courses at Central Missouri State University.

Videoconferencing and collaboration:

  • The Virtual Rooms Videoconferencing System provides a worldwide videoconferencing service and collaborative environment to the research and education communities. Visit:

On-demand videos:

  • The International Center for Advanced Internet Research at Northwest University has established a wide range of advanced Internet technology projects, including digital media applications involving on-demand digital video, video conferencing and live transmission. Visit:

Content streaming:

  • ResearchChannel is pioneering new methods of Internet-based demand and streaming distribution of DHTV and better-than-broadcast-quality video through on-going collaborative technology experiments. Visit:


  • The Tele-Immersion Project is working to bring together geographically distant participants in a realistic, tele-immersive recreation of their real environments. Visit:

Vantine said Internet2 was established in 1997 and is a growing endeavor in Michigan. Michigan's Internet2 participants and sponsored participants are community colleges, intermediate school districts and higher education institutions including:

Alma College,
Central Michigan University,
Eastern Michigan University,
Ferris State University,
Grand Valley State University,
Lake Superior State University
Michigan State University,
Michigan Technological University,
Michigan Virtual University,
Northern Michigan University,
Oakland University,
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor),
University of Michigan (Flint),
Wayne State University and
Western Michigan University.

"Internet2 fits in very well with Kettering's research vision of becoming recognized as a premier institution for collaborative research," Vantine added. "Internet2 offers the perfect mechanism to realize this vision by providing advanced networking technology for our faculty and students. Our plan is to insure the availability of Internet2 sites and applications, support all faculty and student projects and promote the use of technology in education. I think we have some great things happening in our future."

Michigan's educational organizations are able to take advantage of these new opportunities through MichNet, the statewide network operated by Merit Network, Inc. in Ann Arbor. Visit:

For more information on Kettering's partnership with Internet2, contact Don Vantine at

Written by Patricia Mroczek
(810) 762-9533