IST project set to build the Internet of 2025

February 23, 2004

Brussels, 20 Feb 2004

A new European Integrated Project, funded under the Priority 2, 'Information Society Technologies'(IST) of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), has recently been launched in Sweden.

The project, ccalled EVERGROW, brings together researchers from Europe, Israel and Egypt, as well as corporations such as Ericsson, IBM and France Telecom to lead the development of a completely new form of Internet by 2025.

'The goal of the project is to build the science based foundations for the growing global information networks of the future,' says Professor Erik Aurell, one of the coordinators of the project.

'Networks will soon not only give us access to all the world's knowledge, but the entire society will be network-based, from private life and business to industry and the processes of government. The demands on the future Internet will be high,' explained Professor Aurell.

It is apparent to all that global information networks are becoming increasingly more complex. Some of the challenges lying ahead can already be predicted. For example, a number of today's highly manual processes will have to be automated, such as network management, network provisioning and network repair on all levels.

EVERGROW's aim is to increase understanding of these problems and processes to the highest level possible so that their management can flow from fundamental, scientific principles.

The project will focus on three main areas: complex systems, peer-to-peer (P2P) systems and experimental networking.

For more information on EVERGROW, please visit:
http://www.sics.se/~kersti/evergrow/page .php?id=1

CORDIS RTD-NEWS / © European Communities

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