Steve Goldstein de NSF : Nuestro “contacto” en USA

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Steve Goldstein fué nuestro “contacto” en los Estados Unidos. Su carácter jovial y afable logró superar las primeras desconfianzas. La sonrisa “pícara” en sus ojos no ocultaba la enorme “dimensión” que tuvo en la construcción de las redes Internet en América Latina. Conforme nos fuímos conociendo compartimos numerosas anécdotas alrededor del mundo. Sobre todo cuando fué necesario conectar a Cuba en conversaciones rodeados de mariachis, regadas de tequila y con el olor a taco y fajitas,  en el Foro de Redes en México.

Respondía sin duda de manera institucional a una estrategia de globalización de Internet necesaria en la época pero que fué muy útil a todos.   A través del Network Startup Resource Center y sus colegas ayudó mucho a la región comenzando por el Perú.

Luego de la reunión de Rio en setiembre de 1990, NSRC dió fondos a, Randy Bush, para venir al Perú y mantener la infraestructura en Estados Unidos (PSI) que permitía conectarnos por teléfono y enviar nuestro correo UUCP. En el Perú, desde “amauta” nuestro primer servidor en Monterrico hacíamos los llamados internacionales diarios que permitían el tráfico de correo electrónico UUCP, nosotros pagabamos la factura local, con mucha dificultad pues era carísima, a ENTEL en el Perú.

Por suerte dados los costos nacionales y a que habíamos conseguido una antena satelital que Saúl Hahn de la OEA consiguió para cada uno de los países reunidos en la CRA pudimos conectarnos mediante Panamsat con el enorme ancho de banda de 64 K, pero a precios menores que los que pagabamos a ENTEL PERU.   Esto ocurrió durante la Primera Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes en Lima que fué financiada por Enzo Puliatti y un excedente de plata del PNUD que nos consiguió. Allí realizamos también nuestra primera video conferencia – conectados usando Panamsat y con retorno telefónico – hablamos con Vint Cerf y con Steve Wolff por primera vez desde la región.

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Los “Steve” (Wolff y Goldstein) proporcionaron la infraestructura en Homstead, Florida que se convirtió en el NAP de América Latina permitiendo la conexión de casi todos los países de la región haciendo intercambio de tráfico allí.

En otra nota de Larry Press ,Seeding Networks: the Federal Role, que está en este mismo blog, podrán ver los presupuestos, una línea histórica de esta ayuda y los países que se conectaron a esta infraestructura y las fechas correspondientes. En nuestro caso, el Perú, esto ocurrió en 1994.

The earliest series of Internet workshops oriented to training scientists and engineers in developing countries, was hosted by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, starting in 1991. Collaboration with Alvise Nobile and ICTP led to working with Ermanno Pietrosemoli and the initial EsLaRed workshops for Latin American academics in 1992 and 1993. This work eventually inspired the creation of the Internet Society’s INET/Network Training Workshop series (1993-2000). The NSRC and our friends have helped organize and teach in many other Internet technology workshops, including NATO workshops in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, and educational programs sponsored by the RedHUCyT program of the Organization of American States. Beginning in 1999, the NSRC has worked closely with the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), and has helped organize and teach in its first four training events – held in South Africa, Ghana, Togo, and Uganda.

On this page, we archive information and curriculum materials from past workshops in which we have participated, and also provide links to teaching materials created by some of our Internet friends and colleagues for various events and programs. Educational materials are organized by year and by topic. We have gathered, or linked to, presentations and lab exercises in several different languages, but the archive is missing a lot of good stuff. If you have teaching materials that you’d like to add to the archive, please send them to Hervey Allen or Steven Huter.

The Network Startup Resource Center and our colleagues have helped organize, develop curriculum materials, and teach in many international network training workshops for network engineers and sysadmins. Starting in 1990, NSRC founder, Randy Bush, taught hands-on, lab-based technical programs about building and maintaining networks in southern Africa, and in Peru at the red Científica Peruana (RCP) the following year.More…

The earliest series of Internet workshops oriented to training scientists and engineers in developing countries, was hosted by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, starting in 1991. Collaboration with Alvise Nobile and ICTP led to working with Ermanno Pietrosemoli and the initial EsLaRed workshops for Latin American academics in 1992 and 1993. This work eventually inspired the creation of the Internet Society’s INET/Network Training Workshop series (1993-2000). The NSRC and our friends have helped organize and teach in many other Internet technology workshops, including NATO workshops in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, and educational programs sponsored by the RedHUCyT program of the Organization of American States. Beginning in 1999, the NSRC has worked closely with the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), and has helped organize and teach in its first four training events – held in South Africa, Ghana, Togo, and Uganda.

On this page, we archive information and curriculum materials from past workshops in which we have participated, and also provide links to teaching materials created by some of our Internet friends and colleagues for various events and programs. Educational materials are organized by year and by topic. We have gathered, or linked to, presentations and lab exercises in several different languages, but the archive is missing a lot of good stuff. If you have teaching materials that you’d like to add to the archive, please send them to Hervey Allen or Steven Huter.

Steven N. Goldstein retired from the National Science Foundation in 2003. He had joined NSF in 1989 as a Program Director in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) Directorate’s networking division. Prior to his joining NSF, he was a MITRE Corporation contractor to NASA, helping to establish the NASA Science Network, NASA’s entry into TCP/IP research networking.

At NSF, Dr. Goldstein quickly gravitated to the international arena and launched the International Connections Management (ICM) project, awarded to Sprint, in 1991. Over the next six years, ICM implemented the connection of academic networks from about 25 countries to the NSFnet and to its advanced networking successor, the vBNS. ICM made the first academic connection with Russia in 1994, and two with China in 1995. The last country to be connected was Mongolia, in early 1996. Dr. Goldstein also managed a series of awards to the Network Startup Resource Center, NSRC, (http://www.nsrc.org), which assisted grassroots organizations in many under-networked countries to establish Internet connectivity. NSRC has been a major player in training network operators in sub-Saharan Africa and in supporting SSA networks in the formation of the African Network Operators Group (AFNOG).

By the mid-1990′s, Dr. Goldstein had shifted his focus to even more advanced international networking under the High Performance International Internet Services project (HPIIS). Under HPIIS, a high-performance link with Russia was implemented, first as MirNet, and in a later more advanced version, as NaukaNet. He served as the U.S. representative to the G7 Global Information Society initiative entitled “Global Interoperability of Broadband Networks” (GIBN). To further the GIBN goals, he made an award to implement the international networking meet-point, STAR TAP (http://www.startap.net) and, as the technology progressed, its transition to the optical-networking meet-point, StarLight (http://www.startap.net/starlight/).

Dr. Goldstein helped to guide the high-impact HPIIS follow-on to NaukaNet, the Global Ring for Advanced Application Development (GLORIAD, http://www.gloriad.org/). GLORIAD has constructed a dedicated lightwave round-the-world link, initially connecting the U.S., Russia and China. Recently, Canada, Netherlands and Korea as well as the Nordic backbone association, NORDUnet, joined the enterprise.

In his final tour at NSF’s Engineering Directorate, Dr. Goldstein developed the strategy for the Information Technology subsystems for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, NEES (http://www.nees.org).

Steven Goldstein was selected by the 2006 Nominating Committee to serve as a Board Member. His current term will run from the end of the 2006 Annual Meeting through the conclusion of the 2009 Annual Meeting.

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