GENI, The 21st Century Internet

    May 22, 2007

The National Science Foundation and BBN Technologies are partnering to design a new research platform called GENI, the Global Environment for Network Innovations.

GENI will allow researchers around the country to build and experiment with new and different designs that will shape the 21st Century Internet.

"In a little more than 25 years, the Internet has gone from an obscure research network to a critical piece of the national communication infrastructure," said Deborah Crawford, acting assistant director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate.

"But an Internet fundamentally better than today’s may require large-scale, systematic research initiatives focused on the hardest scientific and technical challenges, driven by overarching visions of how the future might look."

BBN Technologies is an advanced technology solutions firm and is known for their role in the development of the ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet.

The GENI Science Council (GSC) consists of researchers in computer networking, distributed systems, cybersecurity and other related fields.

"GENI will give scientists a clean slate on which to imagine a completely new Internet that will likely be materially different from that of today.

"We want to ensure that this next stage of transformation will be guided by the best possible network science, design, experimentation, and engineering," said principal investigator and project director Chip Elliott of BBN.