next generation of Internet technology promises a global network
that can instantly deliver streaming video, massive databases, and
complex applications to business and home users. To give U.S. companies
a head start at developing applications that take advantage of tomorrows
networks, the Southern California Next-Generation Internet Applications
Center (CalNGI) has been established at SDSC by CommerceNet, a global,
not-for-profit organization leading the advancement of e-commerce
worldwide. SDSC was selected as one of two California research institutions
to host CommerceNets NGI centers, which will promote the development,
incubation, and demonstration of new business and consumer applications.
selection of the two applications centers shows our commitment
to keep California at the forefront in the effort to convert research
and development into commercially viable high technology,
California Governor Gray Davis said. The Next Generation
Internet program will help companies be more productive, innovative
and create jobs in the Golden State.
CalNGI at SDSC, in collaboration with the California Institute
for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-(IT)2),
will focus on applications in the areas of telemedicine, telemanufacturing,
wireless networking, network and application performance measurement,
distance learning, Web marketing, peer-to-peer networking, and
high-performance distributed computing.
This new center will allow us to provide Californians access
to advanced computational resources previously available only
through federal programs to national user communities, said
Mike Vildibill, director of CalNGI and deputy director of SDSC.
These activities will complement SDSCs mission to
deploy leading-edge information technologies for bioinformatics,
environmental sciences, and critical data-driven application areas.
The first grant in CommerceNets Next Generation Internet
(NGI) Application Development Program was made in April 2001 to
Aldea Communications, an Internet firm located in Carlsbad, California.
As part of this first NGI Grant, Aldea will develop a Next
Generation Internet Quality of Service Policy Management Tool
and work with CalNGI to test and demonstrate this tool. Tom Perrine,
SDSCs manager of Security Technologies, and Phil Andrews,
SDSCs Advanced Systems manager, are also leading a project
to develop secure and scalable system logging for the next-generation
I am very pleased to see this award go to SDSC, said
Larry Smarr, director of Cal-(IT)2. Our institutes
faculty at UCSD and UC Irvine is conducting basic and applied
research on future telecommunications technologiesphotonics,
multi-lambda switching, wireless internet, microsensorswhich
through our collaboration with SDSC can assure continual upgrading
of the capabilities of CalNGI.
The CalNGI center complements ongoing network activities at SDSC
to extend the performance of high-speed networks such as Internet2s
Abilene network and conduct and coordinate efforts to maintain
and extend the infrastructure of the global Internet. The recently
announced TeraGrid, with its cross-country backbone operating
at 40 gigabits per second is just the latest step toward this
SDSC is a world leader in developing and applying advanced
technologies to scientific problems, said Fran Berman, director
of SDSC. Scientists working on the frontiers of biology
and biomedicine, environmental sciences, and other fields depend
on SDSCs computer networks to transfer data between remote
sensors, research laboratories, and information archives across
UC Berkeley will host the Northern California NGI Center, in collaboration
with the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest
of Society (CITRIS) and the Fisher Center for Information Technology
and Marketplace Transformation (CITM) in the Haas School of Business.
Through a partnership with the Division of Science, Technology,
and Innovation, CommerceNet has granted $700,000 to the universities
for the start-up and operating costs of the two NGI centers. These
centers will provide a collaborative environment to accelerate
the development of e-business applications, encourage new Internet-related
start-up businesses, and test new NGI infrastructure services.
In addition to funding the NGI Applications Centers, CommerceNet
is awarding grants ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 to companies
and individuals developing NGI applications. The grant recipients
will use CalNGI and the Northern California Center to develop,
test, and showcase their NGI applications. CommerceNet expects
between 25 and 40 small businesses to use the Application Centers
in the next year, and each center will work with a minimum of
eight to 10 development projects annually.
Californias Next Generation Internet Applications
Centers will be unique enablers for NGI application development,
said Mark Resch, president and CEO of CommerceNet. By supporting
the NGI centers and NGI applications development, the CommerceNet
Consortium will have a lasting impact not only on the Next Generation
Internet, but also on the California economy. DH
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