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IBM Announces Recipients Of
Internet Research Grants
Resources Will Help Universities Explore Internet2
Waltham, Mass., January 15, 1998 -- As part of its $3.5 million
commitment to support the development of Internet2, IBM has announced
the names of seven higher education institutions that will receive
resources through the company's sponsored research program. These
resources will facilitate development of Internet2 applications and
participation in the Internet2 project. The grant recipients are
Clemson University in South Carolina, Duke University in North
Carolina, Indiana University, Northwestern University in Illinois,
the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and the
University of South Carolina.
Donated resources will be in the form of hardware, software,
switches and other pieces of network infrastructure critical to
Internet2 applications, connections, and operation. In addition,
grant recipients have access to the technological expertise of IBM
personnel. Many of the grant recipients will use the donations to create
networked consortiums with other higher educational institutions in
their areas. Grant resources will be used to enhance specific advanced
technology applications -- ranging from telemedicine to the
maintenance of a digital Movietone newsreel archive.
Irving Wladawsky-Berger, general manager of IBM's Internet
Division, emphasized the company's commitment to the new Internet. He
said, The Internet has succeeded beyond our wildest imagination. More
and more people are getting connected around the world, as the Internet
is being embraced across the research community, educational
institutions, businesses of all sizes, and society at large. The
Internet2 efforts will take us all to the next levels, with significant
improvements in bandwidth and quality of service. Most important, the
Internet2 efforts will make possible all kinds of new, exciting
applications. IBM is very proud to continue its associations and
contributions to the Internet.
Sean C. Rush, general manager of IBM Global Education, agrees. He
said, Internet2 is being developed with the needs of higher education
inmind. Internet2 capabilities include high speed, dependability,
and networking power. For example, data base analysis that took hours or
days will take minutes. Researchers worldwide will be able to share
large amounts of data without interruptions or slow downs. And finally,
Internet2 will serve as an important repository for a wealth of
materials, and researchers will now have high quality, high speed
access to books, art work, films, and music.
Don Haile, vice president of IBM's Networking Hardware
Development, has worked closely with several Internet2 universities
over the past year. The recent revolutions in networking technology,
including the advent of ATM, switched LANs and route-switching, are
allowing today's university faculty to consider network-based
applications that they previously only dreamed about, said Don.
Professors can transmit voice and video in real time over a network,
enriching research collaborations and distance learning classroom
experiences. By providing high speed communication links, Internet2
is supporting research that will benefit students and local
communities, across the country.
Since its recent inception, Internet2 has grown from 34 to over 100
research universities. With Internet2, network applications are
better served by new network points-of-presence (PoPs) capable of
transmitting gigabits (billions of bits) of information per second.
Internet2 participants broaden their research and development
expenditures to help create these GigaPoPs. Member universities,
working with private member companies and non-profit organizations
are developing tools for scientific research and highe
r education in
the 21st century. The Internet2 homepage is located at
IBM Global Education Industry
The Global Education Industry is a unit of IBM, the largest
information technology company. The Global Education Industry
provides targeted products, consulting, and services to K-12
education and institutions of higher education throughout North
America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. IBM's Higher Education
homepage is located at
IBM Internet Division
IBM is a leader in the development of the Internet and is dedicated
to helping customers and developers exploit the potential of network
computing, drawing on the resources of over 24 information technology
products and services, including computer systems, software,
networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics.
Developers and customers can find out more about IBM's many initiatives
relating to Internet technologies, products and services on the Web at
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manufactures industry-leading networking technologies and
products, providing global end-to-end solutions for Token-Ring,
Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, ATM, IP and SNA networks. IBM NHD also
provides consulting, education, service and support worldwide to help
customers achieve their business objectives. For additional
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