TNC2010 in Vilnius - Tuesday 1/6-2010

Pictures from the other days

The morning plenary features Kim Cameron from Microsoft with a very good and vendor-neutral talk about his "laws of identity"

Kim Cameron

Some of Kim Camerons laws (or should we say commandments) apply particularly to networking

Next speaker is Clifford Lynch, ...

and he speaks about how all parts of science, especially social sciences and humanities are exploiting IT in numerous ways. The surprising thing to the audience is, however that he speaks without slides, which is in fact a little challenging for the audience, which has more or less gotten addicted to those slides.

The session is concluded with questions from remote participants ...

... and among the remote participants on the screen we see Ingrid Melve from UNINETT, ...

but wait - she is not remote - she is right there in audience.

This impressive use of video concludes with a nonuple panel of video windows.

All of this magic is made happening by the skilled and abundent crew of technicians in their blue shirts. We owe these guys a great thanks!

Tomi Dolenc from Arnes

The exhibition area is quite busy through most of the day. Notice John Dyer from TERENA, who obviously realizes that he is being photographed.

The work at home does not halt just because you go to a conference, so like most of us, Ann Harding from SWITCH also needs to keep up with regular business.

This is neither communion or the last supper - just some danish colleagues cpoing without chairs!

The outdoor terrace is a nice place to have lunch.

Some have lunch in the sofas in the lobby

There is also a very good poster exhibition. Here, Stefan Liström from NORDUnet, is studying one during a coffee break.

Paul Boven from JIVE - a large user of networking infrastructure.

The always busy staff is doing a great job to make everything work.

András Kovács from NIIF in Hungary is charing this session after lunch.

Krzysztof Kurowski from PSNC in Poland talks about demanding applications...

...with a supercomputer-grid as one of the examples

Maciej Glowiak, also from PSNC, goes through the actual experiences they have had with 4K video

We love 4K from the perspective, that it really uses som bandwidth!

Last in this session, we had Brent Sweeny, Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC) at Indiana University (USA), through to us via video.

He talked about an USA-based traffic exchange point for Cisco Telepresence high quality video conference systems within the University sector

Cisco Telepresence is not just an American phenomenon, a lot of other universities around the world have them. He had highlighted the ones in Europe, which, you can see on the slide, includes the United Arab Emirates.

SURFnetters: Walter van Dijk and Gerben van Malenstein, who has the black belt in the martial arts discipline of DRAC

Nice vendor boots, manned with nice vendors.

Another well-known face at the TERENA conferences: Shirley Woods from JANET

The last session of the day is a large panel debate about GEANT,

The disussions are led by Alberto Pérez Gómez (RedIRIS),

who provides an analogy that was new to me: Which kind of sea vessel should we view ourselves as?

Next, a statement from Ivan Maric (CARNet),

whose analogy are orchestras.

Huib-Jan Van Langevelde from JIVE represents (remember?) a large user

Tim Marshall (JANET) perceived his users as customers who act in a market

The overseas perspective was represented by James G. Williams from Indiana University

who could not view his slides from the PC and therefor ran to the speaker's chair

The last panel member was Jean-Luc Dorel from the EC,

who had a long list of all the good outcomes and intentions behind the GN3 project.

A serious topic, which requires absolute concentration.

More debate...

...and as you might expect - a question/comment from Kees Neggers (SURFnet).

After the sessions - time for a stroll around Vilnius, where the weather had turned out much better than expected.

The classic trolley buses are a prime example that an old service can suddenly be the green solution.

Like we have traffic exchanges in the Internet, trolley buses have their proper traffic exchanges.

Vilnius is a unique combination of old and new. Here is some of the new Vilnius.

The symphony concert hall

The national opera and ballet theater

The national gallery, where we were the night before, and the Reval hotel, where the TNC takes place.

Som of the old Vilnius

And here, a rather sharp combination of new and old.

Vilnius is also a city containing many architectural styles and epochs.

Again, new and old.

If a car you pay by the minute is a taxi, then a phone you pay by the minute must logically be a takso-phone.

Here, a new building is more integrated.

An over-restored part of the old city wall. Using machine-made bricks for this is maybe a little too efficient.

The contrast between this...

...and this is breathtaking.

Personally, I love Citroëns.

A souvenir shop with lots of amber on the shelves. The more I learn about Lithuania, the more it ressembles me of Denmark.

Before night falls, we go to a restaurant, from which this is part of the view.

Believe it or not, this creature is responsible for the daily operation of our network. Even though he looks scary, he always means well.

Midnight in Vilnius - and time to hit the sheets before a new, inspiring conference day.

Martin Bech, UNI-C,