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					                                             ... making a difference ...
    in training ...                                                     in the arts ...
    When St. Lawrence College in Kingston entered into an               The University of Waterloo is making use of its ORION connection
    agreement with Sudbury ’s Laurentian University to deliver a        to pioneer a new form of theatre. This research project involves
    collaborative nursing degree program, access to ORION               staging live, interactive theatrical per formances linking actors
    effectively made the 600 k ilometres that separate the two           and sets from remote locations, using advanced networks and
    institutions vanish. Starting in September 2005, St. Lawrence       videoconferencing technologies. A fully interac tive live
    faculty members began teaching the first year of Laurentian’s        per formance was staged with actors in Waterloo sharing a virtual
    four-year nursing degree program, par tly delivered through         stage with actors at Bradley University in Illinois and University of
    high-speed videconferencing. Enrolment is set to grow to            Central Florida, connecting at ver y high speeds over ORION,
    several hundred over the next few years. The technology also        CANARIE and Internet2. The latest production to take place was of
    assists in the mentoring of St. Lawrence faculty on the             Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Researchers are now working
    Laurentian curriculum and facilitating collaboration in creating    on staging more complex productions and pushing the limits of
    an extended "community of learning.”                                the current software, and designing devices to allow remote
                                                                        audiences to respond with instantaneous feedback.
          “Having access to ORION has cer tainly helped make our
          joint program much more engaging and cost- effective.                “Eliminating bandwidth as a barrier will cer tainly drive
          Being able to collaborate with new par tners over a very            innovations in the way we can communicate with each other.
          high- capacity network opens the door to all kinds of new           We’re using technology to create a new form of theatre, and
          possibilities for St. Lawrence."   - Chris Whitaker, VP             having access to ORION makes that possible.” - Prof. Dr. Gerd
          Academic, Executive Director, Kingston Campus, St.                  Hauck, Chair, Drama and Speech Communication, University
          Lawrence College                                                    of Waterloo


    in research ...                                                     in science ...
    In a high-per formance computing twist on the old adage “many       From almost two k ilometres below the ground in Sudbur y,
    hands make light work ,” the Shared Hierarchical Academic           researchers at the Sudbur y Neutrino Observatory (SNO) measure
    Research Computing Network (SHARCNE T ) harnesses the               and investigate the fundamental elements of nature – neutrinos
    combined power of computers across south central Ontario via        from the sun. This is “big science,” questions of how the world
    ORION to create one of the world’s most power ful                   began and how it works at the most basic level, questions that
    supercomputers. ORION provides the high-bandwidth,                  have engaged scientists around the world for hundreds of years.
    point-to-point connections that allow the seamless integration      Neutrinos are one of the smallest particles in our Universe, but
    of SHARCNE T ’s distributed processors to efficiently leverage        studying them calls for massive data sets that range up to ten
    computer resources that are separated by hundreds of                terabytes in size. Moving that data from SNO to research partners
    kilometres. Researchers at the 11 universities and colleges in      at universities across Ontario and internationally, from the U.S. to
    the SHARCNE T consor tium are using this massive power to           the U.K ., calls for a high-bandwidth network that is robust,
    model the movement of urban pollution, create more efficient          reliable and globally connected.
    electronics, understand the outbreaks of diseases such as SARS
    and delve deeply into questions of basic science.                         “Finding answers to the big questions in science today is an
                                                                              international team effor t. Canada is recognized as a valued
          “ The SHARCNET community is growing rapidly as more                 par tner that can make a significant contribution to the search
          researchers in more disciplines discover how the network            for answers. Quite simply, ORION makes our par ticipation
          can help them. ORION is essential infrastructure for us and         possible.” - Alain Bellerive, SNO, Canada Research Chair,
          we will come to rely on ORION more and more as we build             Carleton University
          an integrated set of network ser vices – data storage,
          scheduling, remote collaboration capabilities – across the
          consor tium.” – Prof. Hugh Couchman, McMaster University,
          SHARCNET Scientific Director



THE ONTARIO RESEARCH AND INNOVATION OPTICAL NETWORK
                                              ... making a difference ...
    in building capabilities ...                                         in remote diagnostics ...
    As Ontario’s colleges of applied arts and technology develop         The Laborator y for Collaborative Diagnostics at the University of
    and expand their degree programs and applied research                Toronto is mak ing innovative and creative use of their lab’s
    activities, the availability of a shared, high-capacity network      connectivity to the ORION network by developing a Collaborative
    infrastructure becomes increasingly critical. One example is the     Digital Microscope (CDM) for remote diagnosis. The CDM allows
    collaboration between Algonquin College in O ttawa and               physicians or researchers to review a sample of blood that may
    Niagara College in Welland, joining forces over ORION to offer        contain malaria parasites under a microscope and interact in real
    joint photonics instruction to future optical engineers who will     time with a malaria expert in Toronto, who can help determine if
    be employed in Canada's world-leading technology sector. The         malaria is present. Open-source collaboration software is used,
    colleges not only utilize advanced realtime videoconference          enabling ver y high-resolution images to be transmitted over a live
    linkages, they are also exploring ORION's full capabilities to       digital video feed of the malaria parasite, which is accompanied
    introduce software tools that will provide Niagara students with     by a audio feed that permits a collaborative diagnosis.
    remote access to Algonquin's state - of-the -ar t photonics lab
    equipment and lasers over 500 kilometres away.                             “Having access to ORION helps make this possible. The
                                                                               network’s multicast capabilities allow us to take this idea even
           “ORION has completely transformed the way we can design             fur ther, on a global scale. This is a powerful new tool that can
          and deliver instruction to students. It does not matter that         make a genuine difference in the way we diagnose and
          we're separated by geography. With ORION, we're all                  confirm the presence of infectious disease, when speed and
          connected together now.” - Prof. Wahab Almuhtadi,                    time is of the essence.” - Dr. West Suhanic, Laboratory for
          Electronics/ Electro-Mechanic Studies, Algonquin College             Collaborative Diagnostics, University of Toronto




    in education ...                                                     in medical training ...
    The classroom walls disappeared recently for Grade 12 political      A new Medical Education Building was built on the University of
    science students at Middlefield Collegiate Institute in York          Windsor campus to house the Windsor-based branch of the
    Region. In a real-time, videoconference mock trial before a          University of Western Ontario's Schulich School of Medicine &
    Supreme Cour t judge in O ttawa, the students vigorously             Dentistr y program. Able to accommodate up to 200 medical
    prosecuted a drinking and driving case. The defense team was         students, the facility boasts two 50-seat lecture rooms equipped
    at another York Region school, while a class in Alberta ser ved as   with high-definition videoconferencing ( VC) technology, and a
    the jur y. All four sites were brought together by York              virtual anatomy lab where the students will study and manipulate
    University ’s Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning (ABEL)             3-D anatomical images using a computer. LARG*net and ORION
    program over the ORION network . I t was a high-impact,              together built a dedicated VC network between the UWO, the
    real-world learning experience for the students. The mock trial      University of Windsor, and London and Windsor teaching hospitals
    was just one of the many learning and education events which         using a Layer 2 connection that runs on ORION between London
    led ABEL to win the prestigious Learning Par tnership 2005           and Windsor. The speed and reliability of ORION has enabled
    National Technology Innovation Award.                                fully-functional high- definition VC with individual microphone
                                                                         setups in each of the London and Windsor teaching rooms.
           “Broadband networks and collaborative technologies allow
          the teacher to provide real-world connections to learning.           “ The reliability of ORION has ensured the school’s ability to
          ORION gives faculty, teachers and students amazing new               teach interactively for three to four hours a day without
          oppor tunities for teaching and learning experiences that            interruption – something that would have been much less
          are limited only by our imagination.” - Janet Murphy,                likely with “traditional” VC using internet. Our use of ORION
          Program Manager, ABEL                                                has made the vision of highly-interactive distributed medical
                                                                               education in Southern Ontario a reality.” - Dr. Peter Flanagan,
                                                                               Director, Faculty E-Learning, Schulich School of Medicine &
                                                                               Dentristy.



THE ONTARIO RESEARCH AND INNOVATION OPTICAL NETWORK
                                              ... making a difference ...
    in collaborative learning ...                                       in digital cinema ...
    Hooking up to ORION has enabled Sault Ste. Marie’s Algoma           Ryerson University in Toronto is a founding member of CineGrid™,
    University to become the exclusive North American host site of      a consor tium of worldwide labs including the University of
    an internationally renowned Master ’s program in computer           California San Diego, University of Southern California, and Keio
    gaming. The collaborative program sees Algoma U students            University in Japan. Ryerson’s Rogers Communications Centre,
    participate remotely in classes taking place in Scotland over an    which houses the university's media schools, is opening a new
    advanced videoconferencing system supported by connections          digital lab complete with state -of-the -art equipment and a 10
    over ORION, CANARIE and JANE T (the U.K . national R&E              Gbps direct “lightpath” connection over CANARIE that will enable
    backbone). The University of Abertay Dundee’s (UAD) computer        collaboration with other CineGrid™ participants. This will enable
    arts division is internationally renowned and was the first in the   collaboration on projects with other students, hands-on training
    world to offer a Master of Science degree in Computer Games          with next-generation equipment and practical experience with
    Technology (CGT ). Teaming up with UAD, Algoma U is the first        what is reputed to become the new standard medium of the
    North American university to offer this unique program.              industr y. With the new digital lab, Ryerson is poised to become
                                                                        the hub and leader of digital cinema in Canada. The digital image
          “ We have been impressed by the high quality of the           maintains the film format ’s maximum fidelity, yet real-time
          videoconference connections to Scotland over ORION. It’s as   collaboration at the produc tion and post-produc tion levels
          though we’re interacting with people who are in the           requires much greater bandwidth. The ultra high bandwidth of
          classroom next door.” - Danny Reid, Divisional Director,      CANARIE, ORION and other R&E networks permits filmmakers and
          Information Technology Services, Algoma U                     technicians to see, hear and manipulate the same material in real
                                                                        time with no time lag, no matter where they are physically
                                                                        located.


    The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT ) and
    Trent University have become the first in Canada to use
    AccessGrid (AG) for the deliver y of a complete academic            in data storage ...
    program. The two universities are pioneering this new form of
    multi-institutional graduate program deliver y with their Master    ORION supports the work of researchers at the University Health
    of Science program in Materials Science. A key component of         Network (UHN) in Toronto, enabling dramatic improvements in
    the program was the delivery of all courses via AccessGrid. Both    connectivity and access to new tools and resources, and opening
    are members of the SHARCNE T consor tium to facilitate the          the doors to enhanced par ticipation in medical research
    program delivery and to take advantage of SHARCNET ’s unique        collaborations and trials. Connecting to ORION over GTAnet, UHN
    high-per formance computing resources. Specially designed AG        is a data-centric organization where researchers accumulate half a
    rooms were completed at each site in time for the program’s         terabyte of new information each week. This amount is steadily
    launch in September 2007. The AccessGrid technology over            increasing, driving up competition for bandwidth. Thus, it is easy
    SHARCNE T      goes    beyond    the    limits    of   standard     to see why ORION is actively promoted internally to address
    videoconferencing. It provides high quality transmission of not     researchers’ need for large database storage.
    only voice and video, but also reliable deliver y of any
    computational content produced on a tablet PC at any of the               “ The previous technology that handled the day-to - day
    participating sites. By being carried exclusively by SHARCNET             business of UHN did not work at all well until ORION came on
    and ORION, par ticipants can rely on the throughput and                   stream, connecting the 10,000-plus staff, medical researchers
    securit y of the AG facilities. Also, unlike standard                     and trainees competing for bandwidth.” - Thomas Goldthorpe,
    videoconferencing, AG uses multiple cameras and large                     Director of Research Information, UHN
    projec tion or plasma displays, so the experience for
    participants is immersive.




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