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Editor’s note: MCNC is nearing completion of the first stage of a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network. Funded through $104 million in federal BTOP grants and another $40 million in matching funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation, private partners and MCNC’s Endowment, the project will be complete in 2013. To commemorate the launch and progress of the project, MCNC is celebrating “12 Days of Broadband” in a series of blog posts from Dec. 8-23. They are being published in WRAL Tech Wire.

Day 9: RENCI is exploring networks of the future

MCNC has long supported research and bridging higher-end network infrastructure.

The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Chapel Hill is part of a networking research team that is designing a blueprint for a future version of the Internet.

RENCI, along with Duke University and in partnership with IBM, is leading a new project to build a nationwide test bed for networking and networked cloud computing. The project is part of the National Science Foundation’s Global Environment for Network Innovation (GENI) initiative, which enables researchers to explore networks of the future.

The North Carolina Research and Education Network is a critical component to this work. NCREN connects RENCI to all other high-performance research networks, making it a worldwide community of researchers.

RENCI Director Stan Ahalt talks about the exciting times  happening at RENCI and the important role MCNC plays in cyberinfrastructure and the development of the next big science innovation. Read full story.

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