Advanced Internet Lab Acquires Additional Corporate Sponsors

Posted: July 26, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s Advanced Internet Lab has attracted 10 additional corporate sponsors to fund research projects and the operation and further development of the facility. The lab was established last year with funds provided by UUNET, a WorldCom company and a global leader in Internet communication solutions.

In addition to the support that UUNET continues to provide, the lab now has the support of Avici Systems, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, France Telecom, Ixia, Juniper Networks, Marconi Communications, Nortel Networks, and Spirent Communications (Adtech and Netcom Systems).

“George Mason University is extremely pleased to be able to form this new and productive partnership with leading firms from both the service provider and equipment supplier industries,” says Christopher Hill, vice provost for research.

Each sponsoring firm will have the opportunity to access the lab during scheduled lock-out periods, during which the company’s researchers may use the lab and its resources exclusively. To ensure confidentiality and the protection of intellectual property, each sponsor signed a detailed, multilateral agreement.

The purpose of George Mason’s new lab is to conduct research on high-performance, large-bandwidth Internet core networks. The lab’s current focus is on multi-protocol label switching (MPLS), a sophisticated routing and switching technique. “MPLS is critical in the evolution of the Next Generation Internet,” says Bijan Jabbari, director of the laboratory and a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“The continued strong response by corporate sponsors underscores the importance and impact of the Advanced Internet Lab,” says Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the School of Information Technology and Engineering.

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