Workshops Program

Tuesday 8th July 2008 - Workshop Day

 

Prince Room

Monarch Room

Norfolk Room

Sporting Activity

9:00 - 10:30

Cisco MPLS Workshop
Tony Saunders, Cisco

AARNET BGP Multihoming and Status Tools
Glen Turner/Mike Groeneweg, AARNet

AARNet Workshop on National Video Conferencing Services and VC Vendor
Shoot-Out

Jason Bordujenko/
Maggie Luczynska, AARNet

 

10:30 - 11:00

Morning Tea

 

11:00 - 12:30

Cisco MPLS Workshop
Tony Saunders, Cisco

AARNET BGP Multihoming and Status Tools
Glen Turner/Mike Groeneweg, AARNet

AARNet Workshop on National Video Conferencing Services and VC Vendor
Shoot-Out

Jason Bordujenko/
Maggie Luczynska, AARNet

 

12:30 - 1:30


Lunch

QUESTnet
2008 Golf Competition sponsored by TBC

1:30 - 3:00

What institutions need to do to get connected to the AAF infrastructure
Viviani Paz, AusCERT

Configuring Devices
en-masse with Expect Perl

Mike Groeneweg/Tim Rayner, AARNet

AARNet Workshop on National Video Conferencing Services and VC Vendor
Shoot-Out

Jason Bordujenko/
Maggie Luczynska, AARNet

 

3:00 - 3:30

Afternoon Tea

 

3:30 - 5:00

What institutions need to do to get connected to the AAF infrastructure
Viviani Paz, AusCERT

Configuring Devices
en-masse with Expect Perl

Mike Groeneweg/Tim Rayner, AARNet

AARNet Workshop on National Video Conferencing Services and VC Vendor
Shoot-Out

Jason Bordujenko/
Maggie Luczynska, AARNet

 

EVO Collaboration on the Desktop
Greg Wickham, AARNet
(1 hour)

6:00 - 8:00

Welcome reception

 

 

Speaker Abstract Bio

AARNet
Greg Wickham

Title: EVO - Collaboration on the Desktop

EVO (Enabling Virtual Organisations) is an adaptable, scalable, fault tolerant collaboration environment that is under development by Caltech as a service for the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and other High Energy Physics communities. EVO incorporates video collaboration (video capture / display), a white board tool and a meeting recorder. It's writing in Java so is platform independent and can run on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. During 2007 AARNet initiated a trial of EVO in Australia. Subsequently there has been significant interest from both the Research community (NCRIS through ARCS) and Universities. This interest has culminated in ARCS selecting EVO as a desktop collaboration tool for use in the Australian research community.

This workshop will provide individuals a opportunity on how to extract the most from using EVO. It will cover the primary components: video, audio, architecture, and whiteboard.

As this is a practical workshop participants will be required to have at a minimum a laptop, with a web camera and audio headset also being preferred to fully test the environment.

 

Dr Greg Wickham is the Program Manager, e-Research for AARNet. Working in conjunction with AARNet staff his role primarily is to provide a conduit for researchers to interact with AARNet. Prior to this, he worked in the Infrastructure Development Group (AARNet) and as the GrangeNet Network Operations Manager. At GrangeNet, in addition to maintaining the network on a day-to-day basis, he liaised with the R&E community (both Australian and international); conducted workshops on network technologies; co-designed the GrangeNet II architecture in collaboration with Cisco optical engineers; and provided support for activities that used the GrangeNet network.

AARNet
Maggie Luczynska and Jason Bordujenko

Title: AARNet Workshop on National Video Conferencing Services and VC Vendor Shoot-Out

This workshop would cover two parts; the morning session would cover training for Coordinators of AV Equipment and other VC Administrators on how to book and schedule access to conferencing services, recording facilities and the ability to download recorded media thereafter.  The morning will be similar to training provided at AARNet RTC road shows with new components added.  Attendees would be expected to bring their own laptops and be registered to use the online booking system in advance.

The afternoon session is a hands workshop where HD VC endpoint vendors are invited to present on their latest products and demonstrate them with the AARNet Codian High Definition MCU to demonstrate HD VC quality and features and take the opportunity to connect to their own communities in Australia and worldwide as a “brady bunch”.  Once each vendor has demonstrated their capability, the current bridging service will be stress tested.  This will be achieved by bringing as many endpoints together as possible to see the effect/impact of doing so.  The session will end with a vendor Q&A panel session.

Maggie joins the AARNet team from Vantage Systems where she provided support to video conferences and projects’ administration as the Service Account Manager. Maggie has been working in the video conferencing and network field for the last five years inclusive of time working on IP and ISDN video conferencing systems in Poland.

Maggie’s core focus within the Applications and Services team is in supporting Video Conferencing services for the sector by promoting greater adoption and ease of use of the technology. 

Maggie is responsible for AARNet’s current booking and bridging services and is developing a quality assurance scheme.  Maggie is also responsible for supporting AARNet’s own mix of multi-vendor standard and high definition VC rooms and desktop VC solutions.
AARNet
Glen Turner and Michael Groeneweg

Title: AARNET BGP Multihoming and Status Tools

AARNet BGP features

AARNet has a sophisticated BGP engineering which can be used by customers to achieve traffic engineering. The features are reviewed and explained.

Engineering dual connections with AARNet

AARNet has two POPs in each state. Customers can connect to both of these POPs. However the configuration from AARNet, through the customer's firewall and into their routing core is complex. Often the configuration fails to work in all failure scenarios.

This talk outlines the configuration to be done to make fail over work correctly.

Site capacity planning

AARNet keeps a vast range of statistics about customer traffic. These statistics can be used to verify the work above. This talk reviews those statistics. Customer tools that AARNet Operations have developed and delivered will be demonstrated. These tools will highlight the BGP activities explained above, plus other core features of the toolsets.

Mike joined AARNet in late 2005 and works in the Operations Team, as a Network Engineer. Mike came from Murdoch University where he was the Senior Communications Officer for 5 years, responsible for the switched and routed network, and prior to that spent 5 years looking after the Unix systems for the central IT group.

Out of the Perth office of AARNet, Mike assists with peering operations, and has taken on the role of monitoring of the core network. Mike also tends to IPv6 broker requests, DNS, liaising with APNIC and has been looking after the AARNet VOIP network on and off for the past 2 years, as well as core functions to operate and maintain the AARNet network.

Mike has been working on special project commissioned by the ITU, to assist the Telecommunications Authority of Kiribati to establish an Internet Exchange, to reduce the latency of their satellite only internet services between providers.

Mike has a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Murdoch University.

Mike would be happy to speak with other Network Engineers/Administrators regarding any aspect of AARNet operations.

AARNet
Michael Groeneweg and Tim Rayner

Title: Configuring Devices en-masse with Expect Perl

Using the ‘expect’ tool, we would like to show network engineers and administrators how to deploy configuration changes en-masse, to their proprietary CLI driven devices, configuration changes and mundane/repetitive tasks. The AARNet operations team members would show workshop attendees some of the techniques we use to do these tasks, with some hands on lab work for students to practice with.

Topics:

  • “expect” – the tool
  • TCL vs perl, integrating ‘expect’ with perl scripts, lists of devices & databases
  • logging
  • Cron, scheduling & repetitive tasks (the lazy network engineer/administrator)
  • security issues

Mike joined AARNet in late 2005 and works in the Operations Team, as a Network Engineer. Mike came from Murdoch University where he was the Senior Communications Officer for 5 years, responsible for the switched and routed network, and prior to that spent 5 years looking after the Unix systems for the central IT group.

Out of the Perth office of AARNet, Mike assists with peering operations, and has taken on the role of monitoring of the core network. Mike also tends to IPv6 broker requests, DNS, liaising with APNIC and has been looking after the AARNet VOIP network on and off for the past 2 years, as well as core functions to operate and maintain the AARNet network.

Mike has been working on special project commissioned by the ITU, to assist the Telecommunications Authority of Kiribati to establish an Internet Exchange, to reduce the latency of their satellite only internet services between providers.

Mike has a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Murdoch University.

Mike would be happy to speak with other Network Engineers/Administrators regarding any aspect of AARNet operations.
AusCERT
Viviani Paz

Title: Australian Access Federation: what you need to know

Sharing data, systems and research infrastructure, in a secure way, between different Australian Research Organisations, such as universities and research agencies presents a difficult problem, both technically and from a policy perspective. There is a lack of technical methods and little or no policy framework to support sharing between organisations, even once technical challenges are overcome.

In order to facilitate the trusted electronic communications and collaboration within and between institutions of higher education and research in Australia, and between these institutions and other organizations worldwide the development of a trust federation in which its members agree to abide by a common set of rules, policies and agreements is necessary.

The Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training in order to address this requirement is funding a project called the Australian Access Federation (AAF), which will develop the federation policy framework and deploy the infrastructure required to enable access to online resources and services for the Australian higher education and research sector. The infrastructure deployed is based on two technologies: Shibboleth and Public Key Infrastructure.

The AAF will support a range of services, including authentication and authorization, and is supported by two technologies: Shibboleth and PKI.

This workshop will provide an overview of the Australian Access Federation (AAF) and will discuss what universities need to do to join the federation.

Viviani Paz is the Security Assurance Manager for AusCERT (The Australian National Computer Emergency Response Team) based at The University of Queensland. Prior to joining AusCERT in 1995, Viviani worked in a range of IT areas including: system and network security; system programming and administration; and software testing and verification in the Commercial and Academic sectors for over a decade.

Viviani is the Policy Designer and Project Manager for the eSecurity Framework Project, in which a PKI environment is being developed to assist Australian Universities' collaboration and interoperation. She is also the Project Manager for the Australian Access Federation Project (AAF). The AAF project will develop the federation policy framework and deploy the infrastructure required to enable access to online resources and services for the Australian higher education and research sector. The infrastructure deployed is based on two technologies: Shibboleth and Public Key Infrastructure.

The Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) provides a single, trusted point of contact in Australia for the Internet community to deal with computer security incidents and their prevention. AusCERT's mission is to support and improve community awareness, representation and communication regarding computer security, both locally and internationally, by being the leading source of impartial and reliable computer security information and expertise for its members.

AusCERT is a full member of the international Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams, FIRST and Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT).

Cisco Systems
Tony Saunders

Title: MPLS Workshop

Virtualisation and segmentation are prevalent topics in the current telecommunications environment and are typically implemented using standards-based Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS). This session is a deep dive into MPLS and covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to MPLS – basic functionality and features, L3VPN, TE, L2VPN
  • Deploying MPLS VPN – L3 design and deployment, VRF, VRF aware features (NAT, FW, IPSEC), remote access to VPN’s, QOS, Enterprise and Campus VPN’s
  • Traffic Engineering – functionality, tunnel models for bandwidth control and path protection
  • L2 VPN’s – Types and functionality for EoMPLS, AToM, VPLS, L2TPV3
  • Troubleshooting MPLS – LDP, RIB, FIB, MP-BGP for VPN’s, L2VPN
Tony Saunders is a Systems Engineer with Cisco Systems Brisbane. At Cisco, he specialises in Internet Security, Service Providers and the Health vertical market. Tony has an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering (QUT) and a Bachelor of Information Technology (QUT) majoring in Data Communications. He is a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) and has over 23 years experience in communications. He is also a member of the Australian Computer Society.