2:00PM, Thursday, November 16th 2006.
Packard 101

GENI: Global Environment for Networking Innovations

Guru Parulkar
Program Director, CISE, NSF


About the talk:
The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at NSF has created an Initiative called Global Environment for Networking Innovations or GENI to explore new internet architectures and distributed system capabilities that will advance science and stimulate innovation and economic growth. The GENI Initiative responds to an urgent and important challenge of the 21st Century to advance significantly the capabilities provided by the internet and distributed systems.

The GENI Initiative envisions the creation of new internet architectures and distributed systems that, for example:

  • Build in security and robustness;
  • Enable the vision of pervasive computing and bridge the gap between the physical and virtual worlds by including mobile, wireless and sensor networks;
  • Enable control and management of other critical infrastructures;
  • Include ease of operation and usability; and
  • Enable new classes of societal-level services and applications.

This talk will provide an overview of the GENI initiative, outline the process NSF has been following, present opportunities for participation, and summarize next steps.


About the speaker:
Guru Parulkar has been in the field of networking for close to 20 years and has worked in academia, startups, a large company, and a top tier venture capital firm. He joined National Science Foundation (NSF) as a member of its then new Computer and Network Systems Division in October 2003.