Raytheon BBN gets $81M to build huge network research center
December 17, 2009
Network World –
Looking to be a one-stop-shop for network science research, Raytheon BBN Technologies this week was awarded an $81 million contract by the Army Research Laboratory to build what the company, which is involved in myriad network research projects for the military, called the largest communications lab in the country.
the five-year contract, the company will take on research in network
science to identify diverse network similarities, the company said.
Called the ARL Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance, the
consortium will examine communication, information, and social and
cognitive networks and will include leading researchers from all of
BBN Technologies will lead the ARL, which will aggregate more than 30
university and industrial labs, from an Interdisciplinary Research
Center (IRC) to be established at the Raytheon BBN headquarters in
According to the company it will conduct what
it calls pure network science research but the IRC will be a pipeline
for new technologies for the Department of Defense as it looks to
develop ever-more complex and secure networks.
Raytheon BBN is involved in all manner of network design work for private and military communications already.
example, in October BBN gave out $11.5 million worth of National
Science Foundation grants to 33 research teams to help develop
technology for the futuristic network infrastructure project known as
The NSF picked BBN to work with the research community to
design the Global Environment for Network Innovations or GENI. Some of
the research teams awarded money includes The Renaissance Computing
Institute, Duke University, University of California, Davis, The Ohio
State University, University of Washington and the University of
Illinois. Others involved in GENI work include AT&T, Cisco, HP, and
BBN says GENI development is unique in that it
simultaneously develops and tests research technologies to gain a rapid
understating of new technology’s impact on the network. Currently major
work involves ways to discover, schedule and manage large-scale network
environments and development of optical backbones, disk farms and
sensor networks. BBN said it expects the first prototypes to be up and
running in about a year.
In September BBN got almost $11 million
to help build self-configuring network technology that would identify
traffic, let the network infrastructure prioritize it down to the end
user, reallocate bandwidth between users or classes of users, and
automatically make quality of service decisions.
network technology is being developed by Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA) and will include support for features like 32
levels of network traffic prioritization that will let data with a
higher priority will be handled more expeditiously than traffic with a