At the Wednesday, November 15 Lunch ‘n Learn seminar, Computer Science Professor and Chair Larry Peterson discussed PlanetLab, an open platform for developing, deploying, and accessing planetary scale internet services.
A prototype of the next internet architecture, PlanetLab is a set of more than 700 servers spread across the globe but connected to the internet at 340 sites in more than 35 countries. You can think of PlanetLab as an entry point onto a new internet and supporting a diversity of services, bringing together a range of new and known ideas and techniques within a comprehensive design. Just as Princeton users are within a short hop to local routers to access the information they need, each of the approximately 3 million users on PlanetLab are all within a small hop to access the information and services they require.
Donna Liu, University Channel Director
What if the public could listen to the best minds and newest ideas at colleges and universities around the world? What if the academic research and analysis that aims to solve the world’s problems were presented, unfiltered and uncut, to a global audience? What if this could be accomplished with only a modest investment in new technology?
These are the goals of the University Channel, a collection of recordings of public affairs lectures, panels and events from universities around the world. The University Channel web site uses new media technologies — such as streaming, “podcasting” and video-on-demand — to distribute these talks straight to the public, without the cutting and packaging of commercial news and TV programming. The goal is to enrich the general discussion of public and international policy by giving the public free access to full-length, commercial free, thoughtful presentations of people who are focused on solving the problems of the world.