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March 13, 2013
LA MIRADA, Calif., March 13 — Ken Lindahl has been honored by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) as the recipient of the 2013 Innovations in Networking Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution.
Ken has been an energetic and influential member of our community throughout his career. As the "network guy" at UC Berkeley, Ken helped to grow the campus into a 40,000 node, multiprotocol network. From 1994-1998, Ken worked to organize and teach the Internet Society Network Training Workshops for Countries in the Early Stages of Internetworking. Ken led workshops in Prague, Honolulu, Montreal, and Kuala Lumpur, teaching basic IP addressing and routing, BGP concepts and configuration, and DNS configuration and operation in addition to NATO Advanced Technology Workshops in Kiev. Ken also served as chair of the Internet2 Routing working group and participated in the Internet2 Multicast and Performance Measurement working groups.
From the earliest days of CalREN, Ken has been instrumental in its design, development, and deployment. Ken's contributions have ranged from personally configuring equipment on the nascent network, through spearheading the deployment of advanced technologies such as IP multicast, and providing leadership for the optical design team.
Ken was a vital force in the creation of the original CalREN infrastructure – constructed of leased circuit-based rings between the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego. He contributed untold hours to network design and implementation, working closely with two previous Innovations in Networking awardees: Russ Hobby, who was the CENIC TAC chair at the time, and Dave Wasley, who led the effort. When CENIC decided to replace this leased circuit-based network with owned optical infrastructure, Ken again provided invaluable assistance on CENIC's Optical Network Infrastructure Initiative.
In addition, Ken has served the CalREN community through his participation on the CENIC/Cisco Council, the HPR TAC (he was TAC Chair for 2007 and 2008, during which time he participated in the design of the second-generation HPR network), and the Technical Coordinating Team. Through his insights and humor Ken has been a cohesive and welcome force throughout the years. It is no exaggeration to say that CalREN would not exist in its present form without Ken's contributions and expertise.
Innovations in Networking Awards are given annually by CENIC to highlight exemplary innovations which leverage ultra high-bandwidth networking, particularly where those innovations have the potential to revolutionize the ways in which instruction and research are conducted or where they further the deployment of broadband in underserved areas.
California’s education and research communities leverage their networking resources under CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, in order to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs of their faculty, staff, and students. CENIC designs, implements, and operates CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, a high-bandwidth, high-capacity Internet network specially designed to meet the unique requirements of these communities, and to which the vast majority of the state’s K-20 educational institutions are connected. In order to facilitate collaboration in education and research, CENIC also provides connectivity to non-California institutions and industry research organizations with which CENIC’s Associate researchers and educators are engaged.
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