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RNP and CPqD organize a workshop on the Internet of the Future


On May 27th and 28th, in Gramado (Rio Grande do Sul) will be held the Experimental Workshop of the Internet of the Future (WPEIF), an event coordinated by the Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações (CPqD) (Telecommunication Research and Development Center) and the Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP). This workshop is included in the program of the 28º Simpósio Brasileiro de Redes de Computadores e Sistemas Distribuídos (SBRC) (28th Brazilian Symposium on Computer Networks and Distributed Systems), the largest scientific event of the Brazilian network community, which also has the RNP Workshop (WRNP) as part of its program.

The objective of the WPEIF is to create a forum for discussion and exchange of information, knowledge and experiences on experimental research related to networks of the future, particularly the Internet of the Future, and to promote experimental research on the subject in the national computer network community.

RNP Director of Research and Development, Michael Stanton, points out that the discussion on the future directions of the internet is a worldwide trend. "The Internet of the Future is an active R&D topic currently in networks, with important experimental programs underway in several countries, such as GENI (USA), FIRE (EU) and AKARi (Japan), and Brazilian projects like GIGA and the Instituto Nacional de C&T (INCT) Ciência Web (National Science and Technology Institute Science Web), all working toward concrete results in the middle term. The RNP is involved in several of these initiatives, to better accompany evolution of the Internet."

CPqD Optical Technologies Research and Prospection Manager, Marcos Rogério Salvador, agrees. “The event is taking place at an extremely important moment, in which the international scientific community is mobilizing itself to deal with the subject of Internet of the Future, and which represents a unique opportunity to mobilize Brazilian researchers for this window of opportunity”.

Program

The first day of the WPEIF will be dedicated to a theoretical and practical tutorial on the OpenFlow technology, administered by members of the OpenFlow development team from Stanford University in the United States. “During the workshop, we intend to focus on the OpenFlow technology, which transforms commutation equipment into elements that can be programmed externally and, thus, open the door for experimental research of protocols, services and applications of innovative networks on a large scale”, commented Salvador.

The second day will be dedicated to presentation of infrastructure technologies available in Brazil to perform experimental research on the Internet of the Future, presentation of experimental research work in progress in Brazil and also demonstrations of the results of this work. “We intend to make a large scale demonstration of the OpenFlow technology involving Brazil and the United States”, said Salvador. A discussion panel on the subject of the workshop will conclude the event.

[RNP, 05.04.2010]

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