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Announcement - HD videoconference, Internet2 Meeting, DUSEL

Inspecting the neutrino detector under construction in the Homestake gold mine in 1965. Image courtesy Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake

WHAT: Internet2’s 2010 Spring Member Meeting will transport participants nearly a mile underground to explore America’s newest networking frontier. The live high-definition videoconference will show how the former Homestake gold mine in South Dakota — once the deepest mine in North America — is being transformed into a high-tech national Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL).

The HD videoconference will connect the meeting’s hotel ballroom audience to the so-called “4850 Level” — the construction site 4,850 feet deep inside the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake — and to Pierre, South Dakota, where the state’s governor will offer his perspectives on the unique history and scientific importance of the massive project. Project leaders will introduce attendees to their extreme environs. They’ll discuss plans and challenges up close, and explain how this unlikely place will soon become the source of a new series of scientific discoveries.

WHY: The deep underground laboratory will offer physicists a “quiet” environment that will shield extremely sensitive experiments from the noise of background cosmic radiation.

Geologists, biologists, hydrologists, biochemists and other scientists also plan experiments at DUSEL. However, the project presents extreme challenges for those who are building an advanced networking environment that will reach a mile and a half below the earth’s surface when completed. The network must support underground connections at multiple levels and enable high-speed, secure access from globally distributed research teams. Project leaders are already collaborating to prepare the way for the immense volume of scientific data that must be stored, processed, distributed and analyzed by scientists in the coming years.

For more details on the DUSEL demonstration, visit us.  For full conference program details, click here.  For information on the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake, click here

WHEN: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 10:30 a.m. EDT. Second keynote session of the Spring 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting which will be held from April 26–28, 2010. This session will be available for viewing on the Internet


Editor’s note: See also the position available at this reseach facility in this week’s “Jobs in grid" in iSGTW.


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