IBM Awards Internet 2 Research Grants to Four Universities

Additional Awards Made to Individual Internet Researchers and Projects

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WHITE PLAINS, NY - 15 Jul 1998: -- Continuing its commitment to the development of Internet2, IBM announced today the names of four higher education institutions that will receive resources to enable the creation of leading-edge applications for the Internet2 environment.

The Internet2 grants are being awarded to: Gallaudet University, for network-based applications for the hearing impaired; North Carolina State University for development of advanced networking technologies and applications; Pennsylvania State University for work on video-on-demand services; and Virginia Tech University for its work on a statewide distribution system for educational and video information for K-12 schools.

The resources donated through these grants consist of hardware, software, switches and other network infrastructure components, as well as access to and collaboration with technological experts from IBM's research community.

"Just as IBM has been one of the forces behind the development and success of the Internet, IBM is committed to helping develop the Internet2 networking infrastructure and applications. Internet2 will bring unprecedented capabilities to the research, academic and government communities, and ultimately to the general public and commercial entities," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, general manager of IBM's Internet Division.
"Our enthusiasm for Internet2 has inspired us to complete the distribution of the $3.5 million we originally committed an entire year ahead of schedule," Wladawsky-Berger added. "We remain very committed to funding Internet2 research and look forward to rolling out the next phase of our research grant support beginning in the fall."
"Continued, significant participation and support by Internet2 corporate partners such as IBM will help sustain the rapid development of advanced applications among Internet2 universities," said Douglas Van Houweling, president and CEO of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), home of the Internet2 project. "Collaboration between academia and industry leaders will ensure that the benefits of advanced networking developed to support research and education will be broadly available in the global Internet."

University Partnership Program Awards

Today IBM also announced that it has awarded a number of Internet-related University Partnership Program (UPP) research awards, totaling more than $335,000. The Partnership Awards program is a competitive IBM program that provides cash awards to recognize and support individual professors and/or research projects. The awards being announced today are for Internet2-related research as well as other advanced Internet projects such as Internet security and agent technology, Internet telephony, Web browsers for mobile users, multimedia applications for the deaf and network design and modeling.

More details on the Internet2 Grant recipients and UPP Awards can be found on the attached fact sheets.

IBM's Role in Developing Internet2

As one of the pioneers of network computing, IBM helped create the hardware, software and know-how that built the Internet. IBM was instrumental in helping the U.S. National Science Foundation develop and manage one of the major backbone communication services for the Internet and played a key role in other networks that were precursors to the Internet in the United States and Europe.

IBM is committed to Internet2 and is proactively involved in moving the initiative forward. One of IBM's goals in this area is to facilitate development and deployment of advanced Internet-based applications. IBM will leverage its global resources, research facilities, information technologies and expertise in support of this goal. For more information visit http://www.hied.ibm.com/internet2/.

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