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Intel, HP To Commercialize Next-Gen Net

Hewlett-Packard has signed on to Intel's Planet-Lab.Org infrastructure and plans to create market offerings based on a new layer of infrastructure services to the IP network.

In a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel CTO Pat Gelsinger said HP has become the first, new corporate member to agree to develop its services for commercial products. Planet-Lab was launched in 2002 as an initiative by Intel, several universities and research laboratories to build a network services "overlay" to the existing Internet.

During his speech, Gelsinger demonstrated some functions of Planet-Lab, which has grown into a dynamic network of 440 sites (or nodes) in 195 locations in more than 20 countries. These networks have developed a layer of security, grid computing, bandwidth allocation and accessibility provisions, among other services. The services were designed to improve the performance and availability of current Internet computing and communication.

"The results of today's Planet-Lab, the loose coalition of researchers, has put in place a network that's very able to develop powerful results," Gelsinger told reporters following his keynote. "We think that justifies putting in place early commercialization."

Intel and HP will work together to develop beta versions of various services and products that leverage the next-generation Internet platform, Gelsinger said.

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