released February 16, 2000
Global contest will recognize and promote new network applications and technologies
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Internet2TM today announced the Internet2 Land Speed Record competition for the most demanding end-to-end, bandwidth-intensive Internet applications in the world. The contest is expected to attract entries from the fastest networkers on the face of the planet. The first Internet2 Land Speed Record award will be presented at the Spring 2000 Internet2 Member Meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 29.
"This competition provides a showcase for the high-performance applications being developed by researchers and engineers around the world," said Basil Irwin, a senior network engineer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and leader of the Web100 project. "But in addition to recognizing work already underway, I expect the Internet2 Land Speed Record will promote the development of new applications and technologies that will transform the potential of wide-area networks such as the global Internet."
"The Internet2 Land Speed Record highlights the need for dependably high end-to-end network throughput which is required by advanced applications but not commonly available to researchers today," said Guy Almes, Chief Engineer for Internet2. The entries in the competition will be judged on a combination of how much bandwidth used and how much distance they cover end-to-end. Eligible entries will use standard Internet (TCP/IP) protocols. The deadline for entries is March 17, 2000. Complete rules, submission guidelines and additional details are available at: http://www.internet2.edu/html/i2lsr.html.
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 partnership of academia, industry and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy. For more information about Internet2, see: http://www.internet2.edu/.