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Banner Images Credit: Nicolle Rager Fuller, Science 360, NSF | ASW2016 Participants Photo Credit: Glenn Ricart

—Workshop Archive


Organized by the NSF “Looking Beyond the Internet” Planning Group

Workshop chairs:
Prasad Calyam, University of Missouri-Columbia
& Glenn Ricart, US Ignite and U. Utah


The NSF “Looking Beyond the Internet” planning group led by Chip Elliott, Dave Farber and Larry Landweber is conducting a series of workshops intended to uncover new research opportunities in the broad area of potentially integrated infrastructure for the year 2021 Internet, Cloud, and Wireless/Mobile domains. The goal is to engage the research community and identify potentially transformative network and infrastructure architectures, enabling technologies and applications in three broad categories: software-defined infrastructure and exchanges low-latency and highly resilient city-scale networks (both wired and wireless), and novel applications and services that leverage these new technologies for transformative benefit.

Today’s digital infrastructure is undergoing deep technological changes and new paradigms are rapidly taking shape in both the core and edge domains. These paradigms leverage the growing footprint of ultra-high-speed broadband networks, pervasive wireless, cloud computing, and software defined infrastructure and are positioned to connect smart/mobile devices, as well as their data on a massive scale. This has the potential to enable applications and services in the decade beginning in 2021 that will transform and enhance the quality of people’s lives. In addition, these new technologies may bridge and unite today’s cutting edge applications such as the Internet-of-Things, Big Data Analytics, Robotics, Industrial Internet, and Immersive Virtual/Augmented Reality, yielding application environments that are not obvious or even possible at this time.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together, among others, applications researchers and developers/operators of research infrastructures in order to forecast the salient applications and services that might be delivered by such an advanced infrastructure in the decade beginning in 2020. These discussions have the ultimate goal of: (a) gaining new understanding of research needed to support the invention and commercial success of applications and services that will push the limits and demand transformation of today’s Internet, Cloud and Wireless infrastructures, and (b) envisioning how collaborations can be fostered to realize a vibrant Digital Infrastructure 2021 research eco-system, and (c) developing recommendations on the direction and scope of applications research and supporting infrastructure deployment programs that will enable the development of forward looking, potentially paradigm shifting applications and services in the decade beginning in 2021.

The workshop is open to application and infrastructure researchers, developers, and operators (including city technology managers); relevant technology vendors; and those studying applications and services five or more years in the future. The workshop aims to bring together these people to present their ideas, learn of advances from invited speakers, and foster discussions to identify research problems relating to the development of Digital Infrastructure 2021 and the applications and services it enables.

Topics of interest include:

  • Next-generation applications and services
  • Supporting infrastructure including the roles of clouds, wireless/mobile and SDI technologies
  • Federation of infrastructure for supporting applications and services
  • Security and privacy requirements of applications and services in the decade beginning 2021
  • Application run-time environments on federated and cloud resources
  • Real-time data collection, analytics and sharing
  • User quality of life applications: use cases

Contributions are solicited from prospective participants in the form of one-page white papers (in PDF format) that include: (i) a brief bio, (ii) a set of research challenges and opportunities relating to the Workshop’s themes that should be discussed in the workshop. This should be sent to ASWkshp2016@gmail.com by Nov 20, 2015. Those accepted for the Workshop will be notified by Dec. 1, 2015.


Washington DC, Date Jan. 27-28, 2016


Limited funds are available for travel and local expenses of attendees. Guidelines will be sent prior to the Workshop. Please indicate in your submitted white-paper if you wish to be reimbursed.