Next Generation Internet Application Centers in California also testbed for telemedicine projects

San Diego 20 September 2001CommerceNet, a global, not-for-profit organisation leading the advancement of e-commerce worldwide, has chosen the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), as one of two institutions to host its Next Generation Internet (NGI) Application Centers. The NGI Centers will promote the development, incubation, and demonstration of new business and consumer applications which will take advantage of the evolving Internet. One of the areas for broad-based NGI development is telemedicine.

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The Southern California NGI Center (CalNGI) at SDSC, in collaboration with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology known as 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 centre will allow us to provide Californians access to advanced computational resources previously available only through federal programmes to national user communities", stated Mike Vildibill, Director of CalNGI and Deputy Director of SDSC. "These activities will complement SDSC's mission to deploy leading-edge information technologies for environmental sciences, bioinformatics, and critical data-driven application areas."

"SDSC is an expert in developing and applying advanced technologies to scientific problems", added Fran Berman, director of SDSC. "Scientists working on the frontiers of biology and biomedicine, environmental sciences, and other fields depend on SDSC's computer networks to transfer data between remote sensors, research labs, and information archives across the country."

The University of California, 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 California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency's 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 designed to accelerate the development of e-business applications, encourage new Internet-related start-up businesses, and test new NGI infrastructure services. CommerceNet expects that between 25 and 40 small businesses will use the Application Centers during the next year, and that each Center will work with a minimum of eight to ten development projects annually.

CommerceNet has a two-part initiative within its NGI Application Programme to further the development of the Next Generation Internet. In addition to funding the NGI Application Centers, CommerceNet is awarding grants ranging from $100.000 to $300.000 to companies and individuals developing NGI applications. The grant recipients will use the Northern California Center and Southern California Center to develop, test, and showcase their NGI applications.

"California's Next Generation Internet Application Centers will be a unique enabler for NGI application development", stated Mark Resch, President and CEO of CommerceNet. "By supporting the NGI Centers and NGI Application development, the CommerceNet Consortium will not only have a lasting impact on the Next Generation Internet, but also on the California economy."

Research groups already at SDSC include investigators with the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research, who study and extend the performance of high-speed networks such as Internet2's Abilene, and the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), which conducts and co-ordinates efforts to maintain and extend the infrastructure of the global Internet.

"I am very pleased to see this award go to SDSC", stated Dr. Larry Smarr, Director of Cal-(IT)2. "Our Institute's faculty at UCSD and UCI are conducting basic and applied research on future telecommunications technologies including photonics, multi-lambda switching, wireless internet, and microsensors which through our collaboration with SDSC can assure continual upgrading of the capabilities of the Next Generation Internet Application Center."


Leslie Versweyveld

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