PREN Demonstrates Internet2

12/07/00    Portland, Ore.

New High-Speed Connection Will Benefit Higher Education, Health and Business

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 on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000.

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.

A conference on Internet2 will begin at 9 a.m. at PSU's Hoffmann Hall (1833 SW 11th) with a welcome by the university presidents and Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten. Douglas Van Houweling, the President and CEO of the University Consortium for Advanced Internet Development will deliver an address on the national significance of Internet2 and the role of leading universities in developing the project. At 11 a.m., there will be live demonstrations by OGI, OHSU and PSU researchers of work they are doing that uses advanced Internet capabilities, including remote control of advanced instrumentation and video conferencing, and high-fidelity imaging for medical research.

In the afternoon, OHSU will host a session on health science applications of Internet2 at the OHSU Library Auditorium. Guest speakers will include 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 will include 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 Information on Internet2 is available at

Contact PREN Chair Jere Retzer, 503 494-3720 for questions on PREN and Internet2.

Media interviews may be arranged in advance with guest speakers, researchers and PREN board members.