A reimagined internet may be closer than you think

It’s hard to imagine a world without the internet. But with the rise of machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT), today’s internet faces serious challenges.

Through a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a collaborative project has begun among universities nationwide to enable a faster and more secure internet. FIU is one of the universities selected to participate.

The project, called FABRIC, will provide a coast-to-coast testbed for reimagining how data can be stored, computed and moved through shared infrastructure. Researchers will explore and test novel internet frameworks to help determine the internet architecture of the future. 

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Alex Afanasyev

Julio Ibarra, assistant vice president of technology augmented research at FIU’s Division of Information Technology, and Alex Afanasyev, assistant professor for the School of Computing and Information Sciences within the College of Engineering & Computing, are representing FIU as FABRIC contributors and senior personnel.

Afanasyev is overseeing the effort in deploying new addressable networking technologies.

FABRIC also will provide research opportunities for FIU graduate students.

“New courses within the curriculum will be developed for our engineering and computer science students to train them for the digital revolution.”

Alex Afanasyev

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