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News Release 12-112

NSF Leadership in Discovery and Innovation Sparks White House US Ignite Initiative

Expanded testbeds, research and competitions will spark new applications to improve healthcare delivery, advanced manufacturing, disaster response and address other societal needs

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Satellite image of North America with the GENI network superimposed on North America.

The Global Environment for Network Innovation, or GENI, is a high speed, open, next-generation network testbed for exploring future internets on a national scale. GENI is composed of a set of components including optical substrates, forwarders, storage, process clusters, sensor fields and wireless regions combined with a software management framework.

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GENI Project director Chip Elliott describes how GENI enables researchers to use so-called slices of the internet to develop new applications. Mike Zink from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst tells of his team's use of GENI for better weather forecasting.

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US Ignite and GENI foster research that will improve processes with societal impact. UCLA's Deborah Estrin explains how conceptionally, while's George Adams presents an example of how US Ignite sparks innovation in advanced manufacturing.

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US Ignite inspires app development to address societal needs: public safety and healthcare: Clemson's K.C. Wang describes research to develop apps for smarter and safer traffic systems; Marvin Schwartz describes Case Connection Zone's efforts for better health and independent living.

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Mozilla Foundation Executive Director Mark Surman Announces "Mozilla Ignite" to inspire creativity and app development.

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Executive director of the US Ignite Partnership Sue Spradley describes efforts to inspire next-generation application development. Public utility VP Jim Ingram explains one such next-gen application and services that meet the needs of Chattanooga citizens.

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