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November 3-4, 2011 - US Ignite Workshop at GENI Engineering Conference 12, Kansas City, MO

The latest US Ignite workshop was held in Kansas City in conjunction with the 12th GENI Engineering Conference (GEC12). GENI is NSF's layer 2 programmable, sliceable testbed that underlies part of the US Ignite network. The workshop was held concurrently with GEC12 to provide an opportunity for the GENI community and the US Ignite community to meet each other, learn from each other, and share resources. The primary goal of this Ignite workshop was to help gigabit application development research teams refine their projects for submission to NSF in the next few months. The app teams presented posters to get feedback from the general community. They were also assigned "coaches" researchers from the community that had previously been successful at NSF and could help the teams better develop their ideas.

The posters from teams that gave permission for publication are available at http://www.nsf.gov/cise/usignite/kc_posters.cfm. The GENI Project Office recorded the plenary session of the US Ignite workshop. The video is posted on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQF0BeYjOak. More details regarding funding opportunities will be coming soon. Please note that there will be a similar opportunity in the spring of 2012 for teams that are just now getting their ideas together.

June 9-10, 2011 - US Ignite Workshop

Living in the Future: What does the future look like when everyone has access to gigabit networks?

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Co-sponsored by Case Western, OSTP, and NSF
3 tracks: GigU, US Ignite, and Public Service in a Gigabit World

Lev Gonick and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University hosted a three track workshop with GigU, US Ignite, and Public Service in a Gigabit World on June 9-10, 2011 in Cleveland. Participants included a number of US Ignite potential partners from industry, academia, government, and city/region/campus infrastructure projects and providers. The emphasis of the US Ignite track was fostering the creation of teams of researchers and developers who will develop applications and services for US Ignite.

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May 16, 2011 - US Ignite Gigabit Applications Workshop

What would you do with a 1 Gbps, non-internet protocol based, sliceable network?

On May 16, 2011, NSF and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) co-hosted the US Ignite Gigabit Applications Workshop with the support of many federal agencies and other public and private partners committed to US Ignite. The workshop focused on sparking the creation of killer apps in areas of national priority: energy, health, education, advanced manufacturing, transportation, and public safety.

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January 19, 2011 - "Advancing Applications and Services for Next-Generation Broadband Networks"

How can the US create an innovation ecosystem for gigabit applications and services to create jobs, advance the US economy, and address areas of national priority?

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently hosted a roundtable discussion focused on how best to advance applications and services for next generation high bandwidth networks across America. NSF staff from the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) participated in the meeting along with representatives from industry, academia, broadband city/region/campus infrastructure projects and providers, and other agencies in the US government. As a result of this meeting:

  1. The city/region broadband infrastructure projects have agreed to open up their cities or regions for multidisciplinary experimentation and interconnection;
  2. NSF will host a workshop bringing together broadband cities with small businesses and researchers interested in developing advanced applications.


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