National Science Foundation invests $37M for research in next-gen networking systems

National Science Foundation invests $37M for research in next-gen networking systems

The National Science Foundation (NSF) agency said it will invest $37 million to fund the development of the next generation of networking and computing systems to maintain the integrity and competitiveness of infrastructure in the United States.

The investment will be called RINGS — Resilient and Intelligent Next-Generation Systems — and will be a private-public partnership program for universities to accelerate research towards the goal of building intelligent, resilient, and reliable telecommunications and information technology networks, according to a press release issued by the NSF. The foundation also says it will be its largest effort to date to engage with the private and public sector in a research program.

Some notable names from the private sector are Apple, Ericsson, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm, and VMware. Government participants include the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

RINGS awardees for 2022 include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Coding over High-Frequency for Absolute Post-Quantum Security (CHAPS), Carnegie Mellon University with Language-Agnostic Resilience Engineering at the Edge with WebAssembly, and New Mexico State University for Resilient Edge Ecosystem for Collaborative and Trustworthy Disaster Response (REsCue).

“The RINGS program is a visionary and ambitious effort that will benefit many critical aspects of societal infrastructure, and will have long-term, transformational impacts on the next generation of network systems,” said Gurdip Singh, director of the NSF division of computer and network systems. “I am excited to see how awardees under this program lead the path toward new communication capabilities that improve our lives, from education to infrastructure and national security,” he added.

The NSF has funded edge computing research at the Georgia Institute of Technology to convert the over-capacity of 5G networks into battery power for Internet of Things devices.

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