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Clarkson Internet Teaching Lab Open House Sept. 6

The public is invited to an event celebrating the official opening of Clarkson University’s Internet Teaching Laboratory on Thursday, September 6, from 4-7 p.m. in room 101 of the Educational Resources Center.

“There is a very high level of interest among undergraduates for this type of practical computer science,” explains Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Jeanna Matthews about the facilities, which enable students to get hands-on experience with Internet hardware and protocols. “It’s really unusual for undergraduates to have access to this level of networking equipment.”

The Internet Teaching Laboratory provides opportunities to study Internet engineering, the way the network connects and how information travels from one place to another. “For example,” explains Matthews, “when you send an e-mail to a friend in another state – or another country – how does that e-mail find your friend, and how does your friend’s reply come back and find you?”

The answer to that question is found in network protocols such as TCP/IP and HTTP, in how routes are configured, the hierarchies of networks that are established, and how servers send and retrieve information. The Internet Teaching Laboratory at Clarkson includes a wide variety of networking hardware and software so that students perform experiments such as constructing a small scale Internet or tracing the messages generated when visiting a web page or sending an email.

The open house gets under way with beverages and light refreshments at 4 p.m., followed by the official opening ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. Tours and demonstrations of the new laboratory will then be conducted until 7 p.m.

Clarkson established the Internet Teaching Laboratory when it received a donation of networking equipment including 3 Cisco 7000 routers from the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA). Clarkson’s is one of only 25 such labs nationwide; other locations include Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

The open house is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. For more information, contact Jeanna Matthews at or 315-268-6288.

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