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||Jon Senderling, UTD
Steve McGregor, UTD
Role of Information
Technology in Research
to be Discussed at Two UT Dallas Workshops
Texas (April 30, 2001) The increasingly important role that
information technology including the next-generation Internet2
network -- plays in university research efforts will be examined in two
separate workshops to be conducted this week by The University of Texas
sessions one at the university’s campus, the other at its Callier
Center for Communications Disorders located near downtown Dallas
will be open to the public and free of charge.
communications requirements dictated by the scope, complexity and
geographically dispersed nature of today’s university research are
such that much of that research wouldn’t be possible without a highly
advanced, robust information technology infrastructure," said Dr. Da
Hsuan Feng, vice president for research and graduate education and
professor of physics at U.T. Dallas.
"The fact that scientists have effectively archived the human
genome is, in and of itself, relatively meaningless unless other
scientists and researchers have access to the data, perhaps
simultaneously, across continents, and are able to examine and
manipulate it in a three-dimensional environment if needed.
It’s what we call ‘tele-collaboration,’ and it is a vital
component of the research process."
first workshop, whose topic is "Post-Genomic Research," will be held
Thursday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Callier Center’s
Lecture Hall (Room J.108), 1966 Inwood Road, Dallas.
Speakers from U.T. Dallas, The University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center and several other institutions will address a range of
topics, including the state of the art in drug discovery, the basic
science related to biotechnology and the role of large-scale computation
anticipate that biotechnology will be a subject of great interest and
importance to UTD and to
second workshop will address "Academia and Gigapop" and be held
Friday, May 4 beginning at 8 a.m. at the McDermott Library Auditorium
(Room 2.410) on the UTD Campus, 2601 North Floyd Road, Richardson.
Experts from UTD, other universities and "supercomputing"
centers around the nation will discuss how research universities can
benefit from high-performing networking technologies.
"gigapop" is a regional data transfer center that efficiently moves
large volumes of data to the nation’s leading-edge, high-bandwidth
Internet networks, including Internet2, the new university
research-oriented national network.
Because this "point of presence" (or pop) connects with the
high-performance gigabit networks, it is commonly referred to as a "gigapop."
UTD is the site of one of only two gigapops in Texas; the other
is located in Houston.
to Dr. Feng, Internet2 or I2, as it is commonly known is
technologically as far beyond the Internet we use in our homes and
offices as a superhighway eclipses a country lane.
amount of information that can move over I2 in a few seconds would take
three or four days to download over a typical home modem," Dr. Feng
said. "The availability
of this massive amount of bandwidth promises research activities that
aren’t geographically defined, but are ubiquitous everywhere,
is this exciting future that the speakers at our second workshop will
additional information about the workshops, please call UTD at
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of
Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major
multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®,
enrolls approximately 6,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students.
The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the
forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.
The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s,
master’s and doctoral degree programs.
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