Lamison, Alabama (PressExposure) June 26, 2013 -- Internet2, Juniper Networks, Ciena, and Brocade today announced at the US Ignite Application Summit that eight proposals have been selected for the 2013 Internet2 Innovative Application Awards program. Each finalist is building an application using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to solve the challenges faced by research, education and business networks today. Find details about each selected proposal at [http://bit.ly/SDNAppAwards].
"Congratulations to these innovators. They earned the opportunity to pioneer a new breed of applications leveraging the most sophisticated network platform available today - the 100G, SDN-enabled Internet2 Network," said Internet2 President and CEO H. David Lambert. "These kinds of ideas helped create the global Internet over the past 40 years. We are excited to see the research and education community, in concert with our industry members, continue to lead in developing advanced networking technologies that will build the Internet of tomorrow."
Selected applications will receive their initial awards to begin developing their open source, end-user applications, with the remainder to be awarded upon completion, in the early fall. The applications will make use of OpenFlow-enabled, software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities within switches and controllers like those found on the Internet2 network.
The desired outcome of the awards program is to produce examples of new and advanced applications that can help lead the transformation of Internet2 campus research, science and education by taking advantage of SDN and 100G capabilities of the Internet2 Innovation Platform. The program complements application development efforts by US Ignite, an Internet2 affiliate member.
Launched in 2012, the new Internet2 Network is the first open, national-scale 100G network that employs SDN and OpenFlow standards. It includes equipment from Juniper Networks, Ciena, and Brocade, who are all Internet2 industry members.
Internet2® Is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.
Internet2 consists of more than 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks and more than 100 national researches and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; and Washington, DC.