Intel has expanded its PlanetLab project to include two technology
institutes in India.
The chipmaker said that the groups, the Bangalore-based Indian
Institute of Information Technology and the Roorkee-based Indian
Institute of Technology, will test the performance of networking and
distributed-computing protocols being developed as part of the PlanetLab
PlanetLab is an open, distributed network being used to try out new
technologies in areas like distributed storage, network mapping, peer-to-peer
systems, distributed hash tables and distributed query processing. The program
operates at 156 sites worldwide. It is one of several research initiatives that Intel is
working on in conjunction with universities and other academic groups.
The company said researchers from the two centers will work closely with
those from Intel India. Additionally, workers at the Indian PlanetLab institutes
will collaborate with those from other countries to solve technical and
"PlanetLab creates a virtual laboratory that researchers around the world can
use to develop novel Internet services, while at the same time exploring how to
evolve the Internet to better support continued innovation," Frank Spindler,
vice president of Intel's corporate technology group, said in a statement.
"India will play a role in developing a new class of services and applications
that are distributed over much of the Web and will affect the design of
intelligent servers, network storage and network processors."