The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has proposed Global Environment for Networking Investigations or GENI to improve the next generation internet with built-in security and functionality.

NSF officials announced the Global Environment for Networking Investigations or GENI, last week at a conference for the Special Interest Group on Data Communications in Philadelphia.

According to the project website ‘The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is planning an Initiative called Global Environment for Networking Investigations or GENI to explore new networking capabilities that will advance science and stimulate innovation and economic growth. The GENI Initiative responds to an urgent and important challenge of the 21st Century to advance significantly the capabilities provided by networking and distributed system architectures.’

The GENI Initiative will support research, design, and development of new networking and distributed systems capabilities by creating new core functionality, developing enhanced capabilities, deploying and validating new architectures, building higher-level service abstractions, building new services and applications and developing new network architecture theories.

Internet security and ease of use are the major focus of GENI.

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