Wednesday, 06 March 2019 17:56

Curtin gets new Cisco network research centre

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(L-R) Tom Goerke, Innovation Central, Cisco; Scott Harrell, senior vice-president and general manager enterprise networking, Cisco; Deborah Terry, vice-chancellor, Curtin University; Chris Moran, deputy vice-chancellor research, Curtin University (L-R) Tom Goerke, Innovation Central, Cisco; Scott Harrell, senior vice-president and general manager enterprise networking, Cisco; Deborah Terry, vice-chancellor, Curtin University; Chris Moran, deputy vice-chancellor research, Curtin University

Cisco and Curtin University have extended their relationship, with the announcement of the Centre for Intent-Based Networking.

To be co-located on the Curtin University Perth campus with Innovation Central Perth, the Centre for Intent-Based Networking forms part of Cisco's recently announced Country Digital Acceleration investment in Australia.

Networking needs to be re-invented, said Cisco senior vice-president and general manager of enterprise networking Scott Harrell, as life is becoming increasingly complex for IT organisations.

So Cisco is investing around $7 million over three years in the new centre where researchers will conduct blue-sky research into the use of software to simplify and automate networks.

Curtin's own network — which already incorporates intent-based technologies — will be a showcase for the work, he said, and the good links with various industries would help ensure the results function well in a variety of contexts.

Curtin University vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said: "We will be a living laboratory for the network", adding that the centre's work would help build Curtin's research capability.

University researchers at the new centre will use the network as a platform to develop a new generation of applications, with particular reference to the Internet of Things.

The results of the work will be shared locally and internationally.

Another part of the plan is to develop an intent-based network curriculum. This will be made available in online (MOOC) and residential courses for Cisco customers and partners in the region.

Prof. Terry said Curtin was proud to be extending and expanding what was already an exciting and innovative partnership with Cisco.

Describing the centre as a significant announcement for Curtin, she said the operations, research and technology "will be fully aligned with where Curtin is heading".

It would also help Curtin to develop the highly skilled and industry-ready students of the future.

"With intent-based networking, we’re reinventing the network from the ground up, and we're just beginning to scratch the surface of what's possible," said Harrell.

"Australia has always been an early adopter of Cisco's new technologies. By teaming with Curtin University, we will unearth new opportunities for the network to transform industries."

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