Portland, ORE. — The Portland Research and Education Network (PREN) will demonstrate the next generation of Internet connectivity, Internet2, as well as discuss how this connection could benefit Oregonians at three events in the Portland area.
PREN is a joint venture of Oregon Graduate Institute (OGI), Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU). Internet2 is a high-speed dedicated computer network under development by leading U.S. universities and research institutions. The three Portland-area institutions created PREN to share resources and foster collaboration among the schools as well as advance the availability of leading-edge Internet capabilities in the Portland metropolitan area.
In the afternoon, OHSU hosted a session on health science applications of Internet2 at the OHSU Library Auditorium. Guest speakers included Mike Ackerman from the National Library of Medicine, Mary Kratz from the Internet2 Health Sciences Initiative program and George Lundberg from Medscape. This 1 p.m. session included further demonstrations of the project’s capabilities and a panel discussion on health sciences and the future of Internet2.
PREN, with support from the Pittock Block, will host a second afternoon session, “Taking the Portland Internet to the Next Level,” at 2 p.m. at the Governor Hotel (611 SW 10th) in downtown Portland. The session will include an address by Steve Corbato, Internet2 Network Director, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists include Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten, EasyStreet CEO Rich Bader, GST technologist Ben Peeke, Pittock Block Manager Tom Bechtell and Corbato.
More information on PREN, including mission, goals, architecture, projects and contacts is available at http://www.pren.net . Information on Internet2 is available at http://www.internet2.edu .