ATLANTA — Clemson University is leading a regional consortium of universities to help advance networking capabilities and expertise across the Southeast, beginning with an initial workshop being held this week in Atlanta, Georgia.

The project, CC*IIE Region: Southern Partnership in Advanced Networking (SPAN), partners with colleges and universities across the Southeast to support the increasingly critical role that access to distributed data/computer-intensive infrastructure, both technical and human, is playing in research and education endeavors across a wide range of disciplines.

SPAN is a partnership between Clemson University, South Carolina State University, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia that is building a regional community of practitioners across the South that supports next-generation networking.

In collaboration with the Southern Crossroads initiative, Internet2, and ESnet, SPAN offers a program of workshops, site visits and best practices documentation to administrators, campus IT groups and researchers at institutions across the South that includes hands-on training, expert presentations and in-situ recommendations on topics such as network upgrades and cyber security.

Colleges and universities from across the Southeast are participating in this first workshop in the SPAN series, and attending institutions include:

Georgia:

  • Clayton State University
  • Columbus State University
  • Georgia College
  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • University of Georgia
  • University of North Georgia
  • University of West Georgia

South Carolina:

  • Claflin University
  • Clemson University
  • College of Charleston
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Southern Wesleyan University
  • South Carolina State University
  • Converse College
  • University of South Carolina Upstate
  • University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Charleston Southern University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • University of South Carolina

Other:

  • Alabama Supercomputer Authority
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA
  • ESnet
  • Internet2

A foremost goal is to leverage Clemson’s expertise and experience to help schools think through how to deploy and support cyberinfrastructure and also to explore potential for regional and national cyberinfrastructure partnerships.

“It is our hope that these workshops will be a catalyst for future partnerships and collaborations between colleges and universities across the Southeast,” said Barr von Oehsen, executive director of Clemson’s Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration group and the project’s principal investigator.

More information on the workshops and outcomes is at http://citi.clemson.edu/workshop/cciie/index.html.

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