NSF awards Raytheon $8M to ‘redesign the internet’

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The National Science Foundation awarded one of Raytheon’s research centers an $8 million contract this week to improve a project that allows scientists to share and distribute research across the globe.

Raytheon BBN Technologies will lead the continued expansion of Global Environment for Network Innovations. Together, they will work to update internet technology with researchers in mind, helping create a platform that can quickly and easily connect new systems or programs from person to person.

The press release explains it quite simply — GENI and Raytheon will “continue the redesign of the internet.”

Since their start, GENI has created new applications in first responder communications, big data collaboration for cities, computer-intensive education and health care, GENI Project Director Mark Berman told FedScoop. They will also focus on software and “much more action at the network edge,” he said. 

“GENI is a tremendous success, surpassing its original goals,” Berman said in the release. “Today, GENI is helping to fundamentally change the way in which the world gathers and shares information.”

BBN began working with GENI in 2007, using foundation sponsorships. Today, the network is used by 6,500 researchers from 180 universities in 30 countries.

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Agencies, GENI, National Science Foundation (NSF), NSF, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Tech
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