What is Internet 2?

Using Internet 2, Professor Kristin Wobbe has high-speed access to national databases.

Internet2 is not a network. Internet2 is a consortium led by over 220 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. UCAID, the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development runs Internet2.

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.

The mission of Internet2 is to "facilitate and coordinate the development, operation and technology transfer of advanced, network-based applications and network services to further U.S. leadership in research and higher education and accelerate the availability of new services and applications on the Internet." While many of the applications running over Internet2 are focused on engineering issues, increasingly the technology is being used to support the arts and humanities.

The primary goals of Internet2 are to

Advanced Networks

The Internet2 network is an advanced national backbone network that supports the development and deployment of the new applications being developed within the Internet2 community. It connects regional network aggregation points, called gigaPoPs, to support the work of Internet2 members, which are all universities, as they develop advanced Internet applications. Internet2 peers with other high-performance research and education networks.


Middleware, or "glue," is a layer of software between the network and the applications. This software provides services such as identification, authentication, authorization, directories and security. In today's Internet, applications usually have to provide these services themselves, which leads to competing and incompatible standards. By promoting standardization and interoperability, middleware will make advanced network applications much easier to use. The Internet2 Middleware Initiative (I2-MI) is working toward the deployment of core middleware services at Internet2 universities.

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