The Chinese American Networking Symposium (CANS) was initiated in the summer of 1998 by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST), USA, and the University of Maryland (UMCP) and co-sponsored by Internet2, the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) and the China Science and Technology Network (CSTNET). The first event was held in Washington, D.C. in January, 1999, with more than 50 executives, network industry leaders, and officials from China, and over 60 participants from the USA. Chinese attendees represented the education and research community and the major Internet service providers in China: China Education and Research Network (CERNET), China Science and Technology Network (CSTNET), China Commercial Network (ChinaNet), and representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Information Industries, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and some Chinese local governments. With the great success of this event, it has since become an annual event held alternatively in the USA and China.
Technical topics have focused on the traditional advanced networking research and infrastructure development issues that have been integral to CANS and remain important, but have evolved and expanded to include “higher level” subjects: infrastructure development and especially Open International Exchange Points; the complexities of international network interoperability and routing issues; IPv6 deployment and development; Middleware and Federations; technical aspects of Grids; and e-Science and research collaboration support. Each CANS meeting also incorporates unique cultural experiences for the attendees.