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Last modified: Thursday, September 5, 2013

Media advisory: IU celebrates 15 years supporting the world's advanced research, education networks

Note: Members of the media are invited to a special GlobalNOC open house and tour from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. The official ceremony begins at 5:30 pm.

Sept. 5, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- For the past 15 years, the world's most advanced research and education networks have operated from Indiana University's Global Research Network Operations Center.

IU will honor the GlobalNOC's past and future at a 15th anniversary celebration Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Informatics & Communications Technology Complex on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. IU Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Brad Wheeler will lead the celebration, with IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Rob Vietzke, Internet2 vice president of network services, offering additional remarks.

The GlobalNOC was created through a groundbreaking partnership between Indiana University and Internet2 and now supports highly advanced computer networks vital to the Indiana economy and to researchers in the U.S. and around the world.

The GlobalNOC supports networks connecting all of Indiana's universities and colleges, facilitates collaboration between doctors in China and the U.S., moves massive physics data from the Large Hadron Collider in Europe to researchers in the U.S., and models severe weather to predict dangerous conditions. It is also home to Internet2's network operations center.

The GlobalNOC is a true Indiana success story, bringing in people, jobs and millions of dollars in research funding. Since 1998, it has grown from three to 80 highly skilled, full-time employees, many of whom were recruited by Indiana from outside the state. In addition, the GlobalNOC attracts new IU faculty who study network performance, win federal research grants and attract highly talented students.

WHAT: 15-year celebration of Indiana University's Global Research Network Operations Center

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 10


  • 2 to 4 p.m.: Open house for press and media
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: GlobalNOC tours for reception guests
  • 5:30 p.m.: Reception begins (live music starts, hors d'oeuvres, drinks)
  • 6 to 6:20 p.m.: Formal remarks

WHERE: Informatics & Communications Technology Complex lobby on the IUPUI campus, 535 W. Michigan St. in Indianapolis


Reporters are welcome to cover the event. Parking will be available; please come inside the Informatics & Communications Technology Complex to get a pass. An audio feed and camera positions will be accessible.

All members of the IU community and the general public are invited to view the event via live stream broadcasting. After the event, archived video will be available online.

Broadcast-quality video clips will also be available Tuesday.