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San Jose, Calif., June 22-25, 1999

Conference Workshops and Tutorials

Technical Facility Tours & Lectures New @INET’99

New at INET’99 is a behind the scenes look at the facilities of some of the technology leaders in Silicon Valley. This year we are pleased to offer tours to Cisco Systems, Inc., 3Com Corporation, and Sun Microsystems.

Buses will depart from the McEnery Convention Center and participants are requested to arrive 20-minutes prior to departure time. You must pre-register for these tours. Please see the Conference Registration Form.

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Monday, 21 June 1999
Depart: 08:30
Returns: 12:00
Maximum: 25 people

Tuesday, 22 June 1999
Depart: 14:00
Returns: 17:30
Maximum: 25 people

Cisco Systems tour will provide an overview from Cisco executives on technology and services for the Internet, including delivery of voice, video, and data.

3Com Corporation

Monday, 21 June 1999
Depart: 14:00
Returns: 17:30
Maximum: 25 people

Tuesday, 22 June 1999
Depart: 08:30
Returns: 12:00
Maximum: 25 people

A tour of 3Com’s corporate headquarters will include demonstrations by 3Com’s convergence and interoperability labs, as well as an overview by company executives on technology and Internet services.

Sun Microsystems

Tuesday, 22 June 1999
Depart: 08:15
Returns: 12:00
Maximum: 25 people

Join Sun Microsystems executives at their Corporation Briefing Center in Menlo Park for presentation(s) and demonstrations of Sun’s hardware/software, Java, and JINI technologies.


Technical Tutorials

Separate Fee required.

TUTORIAL 1: Securing the Internet
TUTORIAL 2: Adopting XML: Tomorrow¹s Web
TUTORIAL 3: Getting the IMS Standards for Distributed Learning Working for You
TUTORIAL 4: Layer 3 Switching and Gigabit Routing: An Inside Look to Tomorrow¹s Routers
TUTORIAL 5: Cryptography, Security and Privacy
TUTORIAL 6: ATM Internetworking
TUTORIAL 7: Accessible Web Sites: Design and Construction
TUTORIAL 8: Electronic Commerce in Practice
TUTORIAL 9: IPv6 Primer

The Internet Society offers nine highly focused tutorials conducted by industry experts from around the world. The Tutorials, full of in-depth, practical information on current and emerging technologies, compliment the INET'99 Conference and can be an important part of your professional development. These educational programs will give you a greater understanding of theories, practices, real-world applications, and critical issues. (Tutorial fees include program, lunch and materials). See registration form at

TUTORIAL 1: Securing the Internet
Monday, 21 June, 9:00-17:30

Instructor: Rolf Oppliger, Ph.D
Swiss Federal Office of Information Technology and Systems (BFI), Switzerland

The aim of this tutorial is to overview the security technologies that are available today to secure TCP/IP-based networks, and to discuss their advantages and disadvantages with regard to their deployment within the Internet or corporate intranet and extranet environments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Security vulnerabilities, threats, and countermeasures related to TCP/IP-based networks
  • Access control mechanisms (packet filters, stateful inspection technologies, circuit-level gateways, application-level gateways and proxy servers, as well as firewall configurations)
  • Cryptographic security protocols to provide communication security services at the different layers of the TCP/IP protocol suite (network access, Internet, transport, and application layer)
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the various technological approaches to provide security services in TCP/IP-based networks

Prerequisite: Attendees should be familiar with the fundamentals of TCP/IP networking and have some basic understanding of cryptographic techniques.

Intended Audience: Security and communications protocol engineers, network administrators, and managers who are responsible for the design and implementation of network security products and corresponding solutions.

TUTORIAL 2: Adopting XML: Tomorrow¹s Web
Monday, 21 June, 9:00-17:30

Instructor: Simon Brooke
Internet Business Services Consulting Ltd., United Kingdom

Learn about the key business, technical and management issues concerning the new XML (eXtensible Markup Language) standard. This tutorial gives an overview of the present state of development and future prospects for XML, the proposed new open standard for Web documents. The tutorial includes some technical material and hands-on elements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the underlying technology of XML
  • Understand the benefits offered by XML, and their costs
  • Be aware of the current state of the standardization of XML
  • Be aware of commercial implementations and market commitments to XML
  • Be aware of available tools for generating XML documents
  • Understand the issues required in switching to XML from other technologies
  • Decide whether, and when, to switch your Web development to XML

Attendees will learn how XML fits into the architecture of the Web, and will have the resources to develop a strategy for incorporating XML into their organizations¹ Web presence, or for converting an existing Web presence entirely to XML. Attendees will receive Course Notes, Set of Online and Published references, XML Strategy Workbook.

Content of this tutorial will include: What is XML, Status of XML, Benefits of XML, Anatomy of an XML system, Extending an XML System, XML in your context, and Review of Tools and Technologies.

Prerequisite: Attendees should have a working knowledge of HTML.

Intended Audience: Web developers, Web development managers.

TUTORIAL 3: Getting the IMS Standards for Distributed Learning Working for You
Monday, 21 June, 9:00-17:30

Instructor: Denis Newman
Instructional Management Systems Project, USA

IMS is developing distributed learning standards that will enable instructors to use learning content in multiple ways, draw content from multiple vendors, obtain a wider variety of content, and integrate learning servers into their enterprise. Given the widespread industry support for these standards, any developer or publisher of educational content or tools will want to be familiar with how to build IMS-enabled software. This tutorial will cover the basics of the technical specifications while providing an introduction to the IMS organization and its development process. The scope of the IMS standards includes:

  • Resources which are the content, how they are digitally packaged and labeled with meta-data for more efficient searches
  • The activities that learners engage in that are managed and tracked by learning servers and that are supported by communication tools
  • The enterprise systems into which the learning activities must be integrated, including student record systems, content repositories, electronic commerce systems that will change the mechanisms for content distribution

Learning Objectives:
The goal of the IMS effort is to guide the distributed learning marketplace toward an open standard that will make it easier to build and market content and tools. The tutorial will focus on the first phase of the specifications which can be described as find it, get it, run it, and track it.

  • Finding involves the IMS meta-data specification for labeling content for efficient searching and management
  • Getting the content involves the IMS specification for content packaging
  • Running the content involves specifications for launching the content, interpreting its structure and the communication between the content and the learning server
  • Tracking the learners as they work with web-based courses and other active content, requires standards for communicating between content and the management tools and repositories of student profile information

The tutorial will also address current open issues, areas of current development and opportunities for active participation.

TUTORIAL 4: Layer 3 Switching and Gigabit Routing: An Inside Look to Tomorrow¹s Routers
Monday, 21 June, 9:00-17:30

Instructor: Dante Malagrino
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Up to some years ago, LAN design principles were extremely focused on details, like collision domains or the number of connected end-stations. Today, with structured cabling and desktop switching, design criteria are new: the SYSTEM as a whole has become more important than the detail, and we can talk about Design Theory for Switched LANs.

The latest change in the LAN design scenario has been the comparison of Layer 3 Switches. Those devices are functionally equivalent to classical routers, but offer excellent performance (in terms of throughput and latency) at the same level of flexibility.

What has made Layer 3 Switches possible, is not the introduction of new protocols or forwarding schemes (such as those addressed as multi-layer routing or switching); it is *only* the increased use (at low cost) of ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). These chips have completely renewed routers (or layer 3 switches) architecture, and this tutorial will explain (at least):

  • The choices, made by the major manufacturers
  • The critical issues, related to each of those choices
  • The future campus network architecture, making use of layer 3 switches

Of course, high speed routing (i.e., layer 3 switching) will not be the only novelty of next generation campus networks. There are other issues to be considered and analyzed: Quality Of Service (IEEE 802.1p, DiffServ and IntServ from IETF), Multicasting (GMRP from IEEE 802.1Q), VLANs (802.1Q). All of these features will be considered, and they will be related to the deployment of layer 3 switches.

Learning Objectives:

  • To define layer 3 switches and their deployment inside a campus network
  • To explain why layer 3 switches simplify and change network design
  • To introduce issues, related to layer 3 switching, like QoS, multicast and VLAN

TUTORIAL 5: Cryptography, Security and Privacy
Tuesday, 22 June, 9:00-17:30

Instructor: Charlie Catlett
National Center for Supercomputer Applications, USA

This tutorial provides an overview of the basic elements of computer security and privacy, including the building blocks, cryptographic technologies, and protocols used to construct secure and private services and systems. An overview of existing and emerging technologies and implementations of secure and private systems will be given. This will include both current practice and technologies (Java, Kerberos, PGP, SSL, etc.) and their application in the real world for secure computing as well as newer capabilities (digital cash, digital signatures) supporting commerce on the Internet.

Prerequisite: Participants should be familiar with networked computing (the Internet, client/server applications, etc.) as well as basic mathematics and computer programming. This basic background information is essential to anyone involved in the Internet today, including technical staff as well as executives.

TUTORIAL 6: ATM Internetworking
Tuesday, 22 June, 9:00-17:30

Instructor: Peter Elford
Cisco Systems, Australia

Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) is one of the most significant networking technologies that have been developed in the last 10 years. Designed to support the integration of data, voice and video over a common physical infrastructure, ATM has been widely deployed in a number of production environments.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an understanding of the functional elements and operation of an ATM network, and to identify the major relevant ATM standards
  • To explain the theory and operation of how ATM internetworks with other technologies, and to identify the major relevant standards that provide interoperability
  • To describe how ATM has been deployed in operational networks to meet business requirements

Intended Audience: Network managers and technical IT managers with a basic understanding of network principles and the IP protocol.

TUTORIAL 7: Accessible Web Sites: Design and Construction
Tuesday, 22 June, 9:00-17:30

Instructor: Michael Burks
Chairman, Special Interest Group on Internet Accessibility for the Disabled, USA

With the ever increasing competition for attention for sites on the World Wide Web, it is essential to maximize the number of people who can access your site. This tutorial will describe simple techniques that will extend the accessibility of your site to people who may have difficulty with e.g. color, font size, images, audio, flickering, and fine mouse manipulation. This tutorial will explore the ways to design sites and present information so it can be accessed in a number of different ways. Further, it will seek to teach some ways to make sites usable by those who are not native to the culture that has produced them. Attendees will be taught how to construct and maintain sites that are usable by the largest number of people at the smallest cost. New technologies will be looked at and old techniques will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: The tutorial will raise the awareness of Web-site designers so that they understand that users may not access the sites they design in the ways they originally envisioned. Attendees will be taught techniques to present information on a web in an efficient, effective manner.

Prerequisites: Desire to learn and familiarity with some HTML.

Intended Audience: Webmasters, Web designers and managers of information management projects seeking to present their information in the most efficient and effective manner.

TUTORIAL 8: Electronic Commerce in Practice
Tuesday, 22 June, 9:00-17:30

Instructor: Gordon Howell, Internet Business Services Consulting Ltd., United Kingdom

This tutorial is a pragmatic one-day seminar presenting a step-by-step development plan for adoption of electronic commerce into their business.

Electronic Commerce has been targeted by National Governments worldwide (but especially the USA) as a strategic issue. Companies undertaking E-Commerce because they can create new markets, new points-of-sale, automate trading relationships and redesign their fundamental business operations. As such, the term is loosely defined and subject to abuse.

This course provides a general management and technical framework to assist companies in planning their evolution to electronic commerce.

Learning Objectives:

  • To give attendees a rounded understanding of the strategic importance of E-Commerce
  • To explain the areas of application of E-Commerce
  • To explain current E-Commerce technology and specific examples, especially secure commerce systems, and payment technology
  • To present practical development plans

Course Content:

  • The evolution of Electronic Commerce and key security issues
  • E-Commerce technology in applications
  • A look at the browser in E-Commerce (digital certs, purses, Java and other tools to implement E-Commerce)
  • Catalogues as technology and as metaphor
  • Consumer catalogue servers as commerce servers
  • Business to business secure transactions
  • Business to business commerce communities (creating a trading environment)
  • EDI and the internet
  • Electronic cash and remittance technology credit (account-based) systems (SET - Visa, MasterCard, CyberCash), bank interface technology, bearer cards (Mondex, Digicash etc)
  • Case Studies of good practice
  • Management of E-Commerce
  • Typical evolutionary paths
  • Trading partnership agreements
  • Internal management
  • Consumer laws and E-Commerce

Intended Audience: Business development managers, IT systems architects, consultants, electronic marketing specialists.

TUTORIAL 9: IPv6 Primer
Tuesday, 22 June, 9:00-17:30

Instructor: Marc Blanchet, Florent Parent, Viagénie Inc, Canada

IPv6, the next generation IP protocol, is designed to improve scalability, security, ease-of-configuration, and network management.

IPv6 has been designed to allow a flexible address allocation where no pre-defined prefix or netmask are used. A host can now use address autoconfiguration where it discovers its network address and automatically configure its IPv6 address. This is a key feature when it is necessary to renumber every host within an organization.

The transition mechanisms have been designed to make it easy for network administrators to upgrade to IPv6. The transition will involve dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 hosts and routers and tunneling IPv6 in IPv4.

The tutorial will give an overview of IPv6 with description of the protocols and addressing involved. It will then give details on how to configure most common implementations and how to deploy IPv6 over the corporate network and on the Internet. At the end of the tutorial, the attendee will have a good understanding of IPv6 and how to deploy it.

Intended Audience: Anyone interested in learning how to use, deploy or integrate IPv6. IPv4 knowledge required.

Topics Covered:

  • Overview of IPv6
  • Overview and status update of the IETF standards
  • IPv6 addressing
  • DNS configuration
  • Routing protocols (BGP4+, RIPng)
  • Applications and servers
  • Host installation and configuration (Unix, Windows)
  • Router configurations (Commercial routers, Unix)
  • IPv6 deployment on the Internet
  • How to connect to the 6Bone
  • 6Bone policies and registry
  • IPv6 deployment and addressing in a corporate network
  • IPv4 and IPv6 transition strategies


Educational Networking (K-12) Workshop

A separate fee is required. Workshop fee includes program, lunch and materials. Please see registration form.

Tuesday, 22 June 1999
09:00 - 17:30
McEnery Convention Center

The focus of the Educational Networking Workshop is to illuminate the broad range of technical and non-technical issues surrounding deployment and use of the Internet in schools, with an emphasis on primary and secondary education settings.

The INET99 Educational Networking Workshop is designed for local educators and INET attendees alike. For local educators, it will provide an opportunity to examine key issues from a global context and provide practical ideas and opportunities for ongoing collaboration. Educators, along with other INET professionals who have an interest in education or concern for their children¹s schools will share this unique opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and share experiences regarding the integration of information and communication technologies in schools. Presentations by teachers, practitioners, decision-makers and researchers will illuminate the broad range of applications and issues surrounding the use of the Internet in schools, from kindergarten to secondary level. Sessions are designed to be interactive with ample opportunity for questions, answers and discussion involving Workshop attendees.

This workshop is designed for a broad audience, and sessions will be of interest to teachers, school administrators, public policy-makers, and parents.


Developing Countries Networking Symposium
"Expanding Global Frontiers: Beyond the Limits"

A separate fee is required. Symposium fee includes program, lunch and materials. See registration form for details.

Monday, 21 June 1999
09:00 - 17:30
McEnery Convention Center

The Developing Countries Networking Symposium will address a range of highly pertinent technology and policy issues affecting Internet development in countries in the early stages of Internetworking. Through papers and interactive debates, participants will (1) assess the progress made to improve connectivity, (2) exchange practical solutions regarding the further deployment of Internet applications in developing countries and (3) share the vision of the leading players at the cutting edge of new relevant technologies.

Presentations will be made on the results of several international connectivity projects as well as on pressing Internet-related issues facing developing nations today. The role of the Internet in the socio-economic and cultural development of emerging countries will also be explored. This symposium will be translated into Spanish and French.

Traducción simultánea al castellano y al francés.

Ce colloque sera traduit en espagnol et en français.

8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:00 Opening Ceremony
Keynote Presentation
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee/Tea Break
10:30 - 11:30 Emerging Internet Organizations Worldwide
- Organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America
11:30 - 12:30 International Development Agencies Panel:
UNDP, USAID Leland, World Bank, Francophone
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Tarriffs and Cost Sharing in International Connectivity Panel:
ITU, International Carriers, Developing Country ISPs
14:30 - 15:30 Emerging Technologies and Success Stories in Internet Applications:
A developing Countries Report ( 3 Presentations)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/Tea Break
16:00 - 18:00 Universal Internet Access and Mass Penetration::
A Dream or Reality in the Developing World?
Keynote, Panel and Audience Interaction
18:00 - 20:00 Closing and Refreshments

13-20 June 1999
San Jose, California, USA
Network Training Workshop

13-18 June 1999
Mérida, Venezuela
Workshop for Latin American and Caribbean countries