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Daily Spin: NWC Goes To Campus

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NWC Goes To Campus

University IT is crucial to Network Computing. One of our first labs was associated with the University of Wisconsin. Today, a number of our tech editors are affiliated with Syracuse University. So it seemed natural for us to take a closer look at the state of networking and applications on university campuses.

As Dave Molta -- who when he isn't writing for NWC is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse -- writes, the key premise of our Tech U issue is simple: Universities are proving grounds for advanced network technologies.

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What's interesting is that not all of the important IT work being done at universities is happening in their labs. So while we certainly felt it necessary to look at high-speed experimental networking efforts such as the National LambdaRail project, we also looked closely at how universities themselves have emerged as first-class businesses -- enabled by leading-edge IT departments.

For instance, university campuses are some of the most wi-fi-enabled spots in the world -- and among the most densely user populated. So we took a close look at how universities manage this unique wireless access challenge. Network access challenges are just as severe, so we looked at the security challenges associated with a peer-to-peer computing environment at the University of Florida. And what would a look at university networking be without an investigation into the state of distance learning and online collaboration

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