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SCIENCE NODE Profiles SC18 WINS Volunteer Kalina Dunn

For WINS volunteer Kalina Dunn, it’s all about the puzzles. As a network engineer at Indiana University’s GlobalNOC, Dunn thrives on solving problems.

<strong>Winning conversation.</strong> Kalina Dunn (r), network engineer for Indiana University’s GlobalNOC, chats with Science Node editor Alisa Alering (l) about puzzles, problems, and traveling to SC18 to help build the world’s fastest temporary computer network. Courtesy Alicia Hosey.

Winning conversation. Kalina Dunn (r), network engineer for Indiana University’s GlobalNOC, chats with Science Node editor Alisa Alering (l) about puzzles, problems, and traveling to SC18 to help build the world’s fastest temporary computer network. Courtesy Alicia Hosey.

 

“Network engineers are like the plumbers of the network,” Dunn says. “If a pipe gets too congested, it’s our job to troubleshoot and ensure that everything moves quickly and efficiently so that everyone who uses the network is happy.”

In her case, that’s a lot of people to keep happy, since Dunn is responsible for operations on three regional research and education networks, PennREN, Southern Crossroads SoX, and Rhode Island’s OSHEAN.

All of these networks are set up differently, using different protocols and equipment. But that doesn’t bother Dunn. “I love to solve these puzzles,” she says. “I really get into researching, digging around, and talking to different communities to maintain network health and solve problems when they come up.”

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