Ubiquitous communication and computing technologies are changing the world. Online communities, e-commerce, e-service, and distance learning are a few of the consequences of these technologies. The Caltech Center for Advanced Networking will develop new applications and technology with global impact. The Center has been established by a donation from the David and Ellen Lee Foundation. Our goal is the creation of a world wide distributed computing system that connects people and appliances through wireless and high-bandwidth wired channels and a backbone of computers that serve as databases and object servers. This is a multi-disciplinary challenge, with issues in modeling and protocols, circuits and coding, and propagation and antennas. Our application space includes e-commerce and e-service as well as education and collaboration among scientists in virtual laboratories. Our system is a universal information space in which collections of people can discover each other, find information and appliances that they need for collaboration, carry out data-intensive collaborations, regardless of where people are geographically or whether they are mobile or stationary.
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