Canadian Government, Academic and Industry Leaders Visit UC San Diego to Forge Technology Research Relationships
San Diego, CA, and Edmonton, Alberta, Jan. 27, 2004 -- A delegation of senior government officials and business leaders from Alberta, C anada, today visited the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs Schoo l of Engineering and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Informa tion Technology [Cal-(IT)²] to talk about campus-led technological innovati on and potential cooperative research ventures.
The delegation was led by the Hon. Victor P. Doerksen, Alberta's Minister of Innovation and Science, and included the Vice Presidents of Researc h from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and the University of L ethbridge, as well as delegates from the Alberta Science Research Authority and several other organizations.
Dan Gatti, President and CEO of Edmonton-based BigBangwidth, arr anged for the Alberta delegation to visit BigBangwidth's first U.S. installation at UCSD. “This visit underscores the importance the province of Alberta a s well as its universities and companies place on cutting-edge research and tech nology transfer,” said Gatti. “The delegation observed how Alberta-b ased technology is used at UCSD, which opened dialogue on potential future projects that could be funded jointly by the U.S. and Canada.”
BigBangwidth originated with research at the University of Alber ta. Last November, the company won approval to deploy its next-generation lightp ath technology as part of a new Grid computing and networking environment -- cal led the OptIPuter -- on the UCSD campus. BigBangwidth's Lightpath Accelerator 482; automatically lifts large data streams off of packet-switched networks to p rovide direct lightpaths to high-performance network and storage devices.
The OptIPuter project is led by Cal-(IT)² director Larry Sm arr, and its chief software architect is Andrew Chien, director of UCSD's Center for Networked Systems. Smarr and Chien are both professors of Computer Science and Engineering in the university's Jacobs School of Engineering, and they both met with the Canadian contingent. “California has a rich history of succes sful innovation and commercialization of technologies -- an experience that we s hare with our Canadian colleagues,” said Chien. “We are excited abou t a number of areas where we could collaborate with leading researchers, compani es, and institutions in Alberta, and this meeting was a great step forward in ta pping the synergies.”
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