Tech selected by IBM to develop Internet2 applications
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 37 - July 30, 1998
Virginia Tech is one of four higher-education institutions to receive resources from IBM to create leading-edge applications for the Internet2 environment.
The Internet2 grant for Tech was in recognition of its work on a state-wide distribution system for educational and video information for K-12 schools. Other grants are being awarded to Gallaudet University for network-based applications for the hearing impaired; North Carolina State University for development of advanced networking technologies and applications; and Pennsylvania State University for work on video-on-demand services.
The resources donated through these grants consist of hardware, software, switches and other network infrastructure components, as well as access to and collaboration with technological experts from IBM's research community.
"Just as IBM has been one of the forces behind the development and success of the Internet, IBM is committed to helping develop the Internet2 networking infrastructure and applications. Internet2 will bring unprecedented capabilities to the research, academic and government communities, and ultimately to the general public and commercial entities," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, general manager of IBM's Internet Division.
"Our enthusiasm for Internet2 has inspired us to complete the distribution of the $3.5 million we originally committed an entire year ahead of schedule," Wladawsky-Berger said. "We remain very committed to funding Internet2 research and look forward to rolling out the next phase of our research grant support beginning in the fall."
"Continued, significant participation and support by Internet2 corporate partners such as IBM will help sustain the rapid development of advanced applications among Internet2 universities," said Douglas Van Houweling, president and CEO of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), home of the Internet2 project. "Collaboration between academia and industry leaders will ensure that the benefits of advanced networking developed to support research and education will be broadly available in the global Internet."
Internet2 is a collaborative development effort by over 120 U.S. research universities, working with federal research agencies and leaders in the information technology industry to accelerate the next stage of Internet development in academia. As a project of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), Internet2 is bringing focus, energy and resources to the development of a new family of advanced applications to meet the emerging academic requirements in research, teaching and learning. For more information about Internet2, see: http://www.internet2.edu/.