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CMU lands $7.1M to develop the future of the Internet

The creation of a safer, more reliable Internet is the focus of a three-year, $7.1 million study lead by Carnegie Mellon University with funding from the National Science Foundation.

The eXpressive Internet Architecture (XIA) Project is one of four projects funded through the NSF's Future Internet Architecture Program. The awards will help researchers develop a more trustworthy and robust Internet, resolving many of the issues surrounding security that threaten the Internet today such as phishing attacks and security breaches.

"Today's Internet is vital to the functioning of our economy and society, yet it is under enormous pressure as security attacks become more sophisticated and as new uses continue to multiply," says Peter Steenkiste, professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon. "Obviously, a lot of wisdom is embedded in the current Internet and we'll retain that. But parts of it are clearly broken and can't be fixed with incremental steps."

The project will also consider features that will speed up information retrieval and ease network traffic by giving users access to content where it is most easily found rather than going all the way to host sites.

The XIA project will draw upon the expertise of researchers across CMU's School of Computer Science and the College of Engineering, as well as colleagues from other universities. Other projects will be led by UCLA, Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania. Each explores different aspects of a comprehensive network design and emphasizes a different vision of the Internet's future.

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Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Carnegie Mellon University

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