The leaders of Internet2 are lending a hand to what could be called “Internet 3.” The Internet2 advanced research project, a consortium of colleges and others, announced this week that it will loan a small part of its network backbone to GENI, a research project hoping to design an updated replacement for the current Internet.
This doesn’t mean your course Web pages will load faster anytime soon. GENI’s leaders are still deciding what kind of approach they should take to building a replacement Internet. And then they’ll most likely build an even bigger experimental network to test their ideas, which, if they work, could be incorporated into a new network. —Jeffrey R. Young