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CNS: Beyond Internet Security

The Center for Networked Systems is a $9 million research center funded primarily by five corporate members to date: AT&T, Alcatel, QUALCOMM, Hewlett Packard, and Sun Microsystems. It is the brainchild of AT&T Global Networking Technology Services president Hossein Eslambolchi, who did his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. (Class of '85) in electrical engineering at UCSD.

The center draws its 16 researchers from CSE, the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, and the San Diego Supercomputing Center Their mandate: to develop technologies for robust, secure and open networked systems with an integrative approach that spans traditional layers from physical up through application. "Networks and systems have converged, becoming complex systems in their own right," says founding director Andrew Chien, who holds the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) chair in CSE. "This center is the first of its kind devoted specifically to understanding the contribution of networks, pervasive computing and grids as systems."

CNS's inaugural research efforts include large-scale network modeling, distributed resource management, overlay networks, innovative broadband access, and the construction of network-security measurement tools in conjunction with CIED CNS's charter and focus enable it to undertake fundamental, research on long-term challenges to the commercial success of networked systems: robustness; system and application security; manageability; and application/end-user quality of service.