NSF-funded projects inch closer toward Internet of tomorrow

A directorate within the National Science Foundation has awarded $15 million to support projects that will further create, roll out and test future Internet architectures, according to a May 13 NSF release.

These three, multi-institutional pilot networks seek to heighten security, respond to emerging service challenges and enable the scalability of the information infrastructure upon which Internet users increasingly rely. They also explore new network architectures and networking concepts; design alternatives and systematic architecture choices; and test the limits of current network design.

Supported by NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, these initiatives expand on projects first funded in 2010 through the NSF Future Internet Architectures program. The goal is to move the FIA efforts from the design phase to piloted deployments to see how the designs work at large scale and within challenging environments. The researchers will work with cities, nonprofits and educational institutions nationwide to test the new designs.

The three projects supported through the FIA-Next Phase are:


Deployment-Driven Evaluation and Evolution of the eXpressive Internet Architecture, led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, with partners at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Duke University and Boston University;

Named Data Networking Next Phase, led by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, with collaborators at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California, San Diego, Washington University, University of Michigan, Colorado State University, University of Memphis and University of Arizona; and

The Next-Phase MobilityFirst Project – From Architecture and Protocol Design to Advanced Services and Trial Deployments, led by Rutgers University with partners at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Duke University.

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