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National Science Foundation
Credit: Chris Coleman, School of Computing, University of Utah
Innovating the digital highway

Emerging hardware, software and programming paradigms supported by NSF have enabled faster and more flexible networks. Efforts like NSF's Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project and NSFFutureCloud serve as virtual laboratories, allowing thousands of researchers to run large-scale experiments to innovate computer networks.

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Catalyzing next-generation applications

To stimulate the growth of applications that leverage advanced networks, NSF teamed with public and private partners to launch US Ignite. The initiative, including the NSF-funded Mozilla Ignite challenge, has sparked the development of more than a hundred gigabit "app" concepts and prototypes with the potential for significant societal impact in healthcare, energy, disaster mitigation and emergency response.

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Toward a smart and connected nation

Next-generation networks and apps are making their way into schools, libraries, hospitals and homes across the nation. Through the efforts of researchers, entrepreneurs, community organizers and civic leaders, these technologies are giving rise to transformational approaches for conducting science, an ecosystem of application innovation and sharing, and increasingly smart and connected cities and regions.

Related Websites:

"Beyond Today's Internet: Experiencing a Smart Future" summit

US Ignite: a non-profit fostering the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit

Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI): a virtual laboratory for networking and distributed systems research and education

Mozilla Ignite: an open innovation challenge to imagine and build apps that show the full potential of next-generation networks

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