I walked from the Sheraton to the East-West Center and it started out fairly pleasant since the sun was still below the mountains. It was pretty humid but at least it didn't feel too warm. With all of the crosswalks and getting lost on some of the small paths on the University of Hawai‘i campus, it took about 45 minutes to get here. The first half day session was on the new Internet2 outsourced VoIP service. It was led by the ITEC group at Texas A&M. They also taught the former open source SIP workshops that I had attended in the past which was the basis of the VoIP solution currently deployed in Barrow. This is the view of the Japanese garden through the windows of the tutorial venue. Kind of difficult to stay focused on the material.
The afternoon tutorial that I had signed up for was an overview of Software Defined Networking (SDN) using OpenFlow presented by Marist College. The presentation was made by a CS faculty member and three of his students and included software they had written to simplify the deployment of the technology through a grant they received from IBM. They were a little time constrained due to another tutorial using in the same room. I wish I had the time and energy needed to pursue this area of computer networking.
SInce this meeting includes APAN, the Asia Pacific Advanced Network, there are a lot more attendees than at most of the Joint Tech meetings with the number I heard was 450 attendees. They actually had to close registrations unless you were already selected for presenting or leading a working group meeting.
After the afternoon session, I walked back to the hotel with a fellow attendee from the University of Iowa. He was also a rider. It was much warmer and much more crowded. This is the street in front of the hotel, I had an hour or so before the next meeting here at the hotel so I went for a short walk and picked up a some souveniers for the family back home.
The beach across the street from the hotel is really crowded and I think that this tiny strip of sand is labled Waikīkī Beach. It does not look like a very pleasant place to spend much time. There were a number of sailboats moored a short distance offshore and there was no surf at all. Lots of surfboard rentals but no waves on the water.