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Jerry P. Becker

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Internet of the Future
Posted: Aug 31, 1999 5:36 PM
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Program Now Reaches Institutions In Every State

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 16 grants, worth a
total of $6.3 million, to allow 19 universities to connect to the advanced
high-performance computer networks that will constitute the Internet of
the future.

The new two-year grants bring to 150 the number of high performance
connection grants awarded by NSF's Advanced Networking Infrastructure
(ANI) program. The number of connections exceeds by 50 NSF's original
goal for this part of President Clinton's Next Generation Internet (NGI)

"I am delighted to announce that every state in the nation is
participating in the Next Generation Internet," said Vice President Al Gore.
"This will allow researchers all over America to make breakthroughs in
science and engineering -- such as more accurately predicting tornadoes
and developing life-saving drugs more rapidly."

Thirty-three of the 150 awards were made to institutions in 18 states
in NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
EPSCoR focuses on states that historically have received less federal research
and development funding.

William F. Decker, ANI program director, noted that the new grants
also mark an important cooperative milestone between government agencies that
will advance NGI. For example, in collaboration with the Department of
NSF will allow the University of Hawaii to afford a link to the U.S.
mainland at
a fractionof commercial rates, noted David Lassner, the university's
director of
information technologyservices.

Recipients will use the grants to benefit research in a variety of
fields. At the University of Hawaii, Lassner said, the link will be used
including taking the first steps to allow astronomers around the world to use
telescopes atop Mauna Kea remotely in "real time."

The University of Alaska, Fairbanks will use its link to serve as a
conduit for distributing networked information from the continental U.S. to
state's sparsely populated interior, noted Frank Williams, director of the
Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. The connection also will allow
to collaborate with institutions nationwide to refine predictions of the
weather in the
ionosphere which affects the reliability of satellite communications.

High-speed connectivity for Florida International University will help
there develop an Internet "server" that will allow forecasters to combine data
from multiple sources to improve hurricane forecasting, according to
Naphtali Rishe,
the director of the university's High-performance Database Research Center.

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, meanwhile, will be
able to connect to supercomputers at federal research labs to model the
complexities of the distribution of contaminants in groundwater, including
possible materials from the Nevada nuclear test site, noted Steve Zink,
vice president for information resources and technologies.

A joint grant to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will provide UAMS doctors access
to a variety of leading-edge medical diagnostic tools and UALR researchers
the ability to connect to powerful, though remote, supercomputers, said Keith
Hudson, the university's assistant dean for research. But just as
importantly, he added, the university's enhanced research capabilities may
provide an incentive to technology firms to consider relocating nearby,
economic growth. "Arkansas is just not a very rich state," he said. "To
this capability to Little Rock has the potential to really provide
tremendous benefits."



Attachment: List of High Performance Computing recipients


Case Western University
Desert Research Institute (Nevada)/University of Nevada, Reno/
University of Nevada, Las Vegas*
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
George Mason University
Michigan Technological University
Ohio University
Southern Methodist University
University of Arkansas-Little Rock/University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences*
University of Akron
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Connecticut
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii
University of Louisville
University of Vermont

* joint grants

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618) 453-4244
Phone: (618) 453-4241 (office)
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