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Air Force Invests in Next Generation Internet Research

Air Force Invests in Next Generation Internet Research

AFPN Released: 10 Feb 2000

Rome, N.Y., (AFPN) -- The Air Force is making a $5 million investment in a faster, larger Internet with a grant to Drexel University of Philadelphia, Pa.

The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate has awarded $5,764,014 to Drexel to advance networking technologies and new applications through deployment of national-scale testbeds that are vastly superior to today's Internet. First demonstrated by the military in the 1970s, Internet technology is the foundation of today's military and commercial network systems. The government's NGI program, under which the Department of Defense will invest $50 million, is part of an inter-agency effort.

The grant goes toward research in "Ultra High Capacity Networking Enabled by Optical Technologies," and is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of Arlington, Va. It is intended to develop technologies in support of DARPA's Next Generation Internet Program.

Dr. Stuart Personick of Drexel will lead a consortium, dubbed the "Pegasus Consortium," comprising researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, The City College of New York/CUNY, Princeton University, MCP Hahnemann University, Lucent Technologies and Bell Atlantic. The consortium is named for the winged horse of Greek mythology that with a stroke of its hoof caused a fountain to spring forth from a mountain.

"The current grant will allow an optical networking team consisting of Lucent, Drexel, and Princeton to build and demonstrate a packet switch that can process five terabits (trillion bits) of information per second and can be scaled up to higher capacities," said Paul Sierak, program manager in the directorate's Information Grid Division. "With today's Internet traffic traveling at close to one terabit per second and growing rapidly, multi-terabit switches will be required for the next-generation Internet.

"The team will also create and demonstrate new types of next generation all-optical devices that will be required to efficiently implement very high-speed networks," he said.

The NGI program will enable revolutionary capabilities of importance to both DOD and the nation as a whole. Envisioned to operate up to 1,000 times faster than today's Internet, it will support up to 100 times the number of users and applications.

Pegasus Consortium research will address what new network architectures, networking methods, and underlying networking technologies will be required to accommodate pervasive high-speed connectivity. Research results should flow into usage over the next decade.

Applications created by the researchers will run over a very-high-speed network linking Drexel, MCP Hahnemann, and the University of Pennsylvania. Connection into the emerging national high-speed networking research backbone will enable the applications to be expanded to national and international scale.


** Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate

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