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IU and Purdue host I-Light Forum

Indiana's public and private colleges and universities soon will be able to access I-Light, an expanded fiber-optic network that will make possible innovative uses of technology for instruction and scholarship at levels and speeds not previously possible in the state. Indiana University and Purdue University, which jointly manage the state's I-Light Expansion Project, are hosting a forum today (April 4) in Indianapolis to help colleges and universities prepare.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's public and private colleges and universities soon will be able to access I-Light, an expanded fiber-optic network that will make possible innovative uses of technology for instruction and scholarship at levels and speeds not previously possible in the state. Indiana University and Purdue University, which jointly manage the state's I-Light Expansion Project, are hosting a forum today (April 4) in Indianapolis to help colleges and universities prepare.

Institutions participating in the forum will review project goals, technical plans and the current status of the expansion. Participants also will discuss the development of an appropriate governance and advisory structure for the network. The forum is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. at University Place Conference Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

In November 2005, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced his intention to release funding for the I-Light Expansion Project -- also known as I-Light2 -- and assigned to IU and Purdue responsibility for the expansion, management and operation of the resulting statewide I-Light network. This development expands the I-Light fiber-optic network far beyond the Bloomington-Indianapolis-West Lafayette corridor that it currently serves and will provide Indiana universities and colleges an opportunity to increase their connectivity to gigabit speeds.

"This enhanced network has potential to benefit every student enrolled in a college or university in Indiana," said Mark Bruhn, IU associate vice president for telecommunications. "When the expanded I-Light network becomes operational, it will account for more active fiber miles per capita than any other state network in the nation."

Purdue University Vice President for Information Technology and CIO James R. Bottum said the implementation of I-Light2 will be a boost to higher education in Indiana.

"I-Light2 will enhance each institution's ability to deliver and share educational resources," Bottum said. "This will make our universities more collaborative and efficient, and help to create an environment for the growth of research and development within the state."

IU and Purdue have been finalizing the purchase of fiber across the state to enable most Indiana colleges and universities to connect to the nearest I-Light network node at the best speed available. Many institutions are looking forward to the new capability the I-Light network will bring.

"DePauw is excited about the opportunity to join I-Light," said Dennis Trinkle, associate vice president for academic affairs and chief information officer, DePauw University. "We have faculty members in a range of disciplines from biology and geology to music and modern languages who are excited about the coming possibilities for partnered research and teaching efforts. We see many possibilities for enhancing teaching, learning and research, and we anticipate that our faculty, staff and students also will actively contribute to the community enabled by I-Light."

Fred Nay, director of University Computing Services for Ball State University, said, "Connecting BSU into I-Light will provide cutting-edge networking resources and opportunities directly to classrooms, faculty offices and student residential areas. I-Light connectivity assures each and every student will have access to the most advanced networked resource available today and in the future."

Both IU and Purdue are providing network engineering support and monitoring the operation of the network. Network operations for I-Light will be co-located with IU's Global Research Network Operations Center on the IUPUI campus.