Georgetown Technologist to Discuss Middleware Initiative

Posted: July 16, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Michael Gettes, the principal technologist at Georgetown University, will give two presentations at George Mason on Tuesday, July 23, in the Johnson Center Assembly Room A. In the first session, he will discuss the National Science Foundation Middleware Initiative and the impact for higher education institutions; and in the second session, Gettes will focus on Georgetown’s plans for authentication and improving their LAN architecture, and the implications for George Mason.

Middleware is a layer of software between the network and applications, and provides the “glue” that links identification, authentication, authorization, and directories together. By promoting standardization and interoperability, middleware will make advanced network applications much easier to use.

Gettes has been with Georgetown since August 1999 in a leading role for network and computer services development and deployment university-wide. Previously, he played a similar role at Princeton University for more than 10 years. Gettes has been involved with network technology in higher education since 1981 and is now working closely with the Internet2 Middleware initiative.

Session one is held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and session two is held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services sponsors the event. The university community is invited to attend.

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