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02/28/2007 - VPnet Launches Version 2.0

Like most startups, VPnet learned a great deal in its first three years of business. Some of the initial concepts worked, some of them didn’t. There has been some belt tightening, some changes at the board level, and some major hardware and operational shifts, but VPnet is moving forward in promising new directions with a new version called VPnet 2.0. VPnet 2.0 retains the 501(c)(3) status, all of the original capital assets, and VPnet President, Steve Trabun. The original mult-million dollar fused fiber infrastructure remains in place as the most critical asset.

Rather than being “member” driven, VPnet 2.0 will be application driven. According to Steve Trabun, “VPnet 2.0 is open for visionary and passionate people with ideas and application projects; scientists with passion for their research; and visionaries with ground breaking projects of great social importance. VPnet continues to be a great tool for economic growth and prosperity for our region.”

Several experiments and applications that used VPnet 1.0 are still underway. One such application is the distributed music project being conducted by Eastern Washington University (EWU) departments of music and computer science, in conjunction with Craig Volosing.

According to Dr. Steve Simmons, director of EWU's Center for Network Computing and Cyber Security (CNCACS), "We are now preparing three projects at EWU to utilize VPnet 2.0 --- and expect it to be one of our most valuable research assets in the near future." Dave Holmes, at the Applied Science Lab at WSU, says that the Applied Science Lab expects to use VPnet 2.0 more and more and in a number of different ways. Scientists there are moving into computational modeling which can be enabled only through a network with the speed and bandwidth of VPnet 2.0.

As it moves forward, the Institute of System Medicine (ISM) will also need the speed and bandwidth available through VPnet 2.0. According to Lewis Rumpler, COO, “ISM looks forward to providing robust research programs that will make use of and leverage VPnet in the computational biology and medical informatics space. We look forward to initiating these programs as soon as possible.”

In addition, VPnet 2.0 is poised to be the last mile for the Northwest Gigapop when it goes live in Spokane. The Gigapop is currently being tested and is on track to be operational in the first half of 2007.

Anyone with an application for education, research, development, or feasibility testing that needs VPnet 2.0, contact Steve Trabun by e-mail at, or call 509-495-2829.

Billie Moreland
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