WIDE Project is a research consortium about Internet technology; so far, this project is composed of more than 100 companies and approximately 70 universities. WIDE project is famous for supporting the Internet from early times and establishing the Internet infrastructure in Japan and is broadly recognized as a representative research organization of Japan. The WIDE project has a lot of collaboration with intranational or international companies and research organizations to construct and manage experimentation networks for promoting research and developments of the next generation Internet. With real experiments of technologies developed by university and company researchers, many of the technologies have been commercialized.
Live E! Project
Live E! Project aims to construct and develop an “Electronic” information infrastructure (broad-area sensor network platform). With this platform, one can distribute information about widespread areas in real-time, using environmental sensors connected to the Internet. So far, Live E! Project has deployed 10 distributed servers and approximately 100 sensors. The sensors are now located in 19 countries: Japan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Egypt, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. These environmental data can be applied to various areas such as disaster control, antipollution, education, green IT, agriculture, business planning, etc. Its research area contains "overlay network", "distributed database", "distributed stream system", "embedded system", "architecture realization" and so on.
Green UT Project
In Green UT Project, we regard Building 2 (Engineering Department, The University of Tokyo) as the location of the proof experiment and inspect the meaning and effect of new technologies on environmental problems. This project aims at solving the earth's environmental problems by using IT technologies and achieving of saving energy in the IT environment itself. Through research and development, we measure several data, control facility systems, and establish management technics in a multi-vendor environment.
TAHI Project is a joint effort formed with the objective of developing and providing the verification technology for IPv6 in 1998. The project is formed by Yokogawa Electric Corp., KEIO University, and the University of Tokyo. The project researches and develops conformance tests and interoperability tests for IPv6 deployed by KAME Project. Since 2001, the project started to consider the requirements for IPv6 standards for nodes having limited computing resources such as "Home Appliances" and "PDA" and research and develop the reference software and the evaluation and verification system for them.
Next Generation IX Consortium
The target of this consortium is to research and develop systems architectures, especially broad-area distributed IX systems with MPLS, for the realization of a more efficient traffic exchange model in distributed environments among contents providers, access providers, and backbone providers, and this consortium is made of nationwide or regional Internet providers, network devices vendors, system integrators, universities and so on. As technology for traffic exchanges between Internet providers, one usually establishes IXs and then manages them. However, commonly proposed IX technologies have had bandwidth limitations and operational problems because of their dependency on data-link media. In addition, scale-limitation makes it difficult to deploy these technologies to wide-area distributed systems, so we all have the problem that the IXs concentrate on the biggest city.
The Japan Gigabit Network (JGN) is a testbed network environment for ultra-high speed and high-performance research and development operated by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in collaboration with industry, academia, and government, and in cooperation with regional and other international organizations. In 1999, JGN began operating an optical fiber network spanning Japan as JGN, and in 2004, as JGN2, access points and bandwidth in Japan and overseas were expanded and upgraded, IPv6 routing was implemented and optical switches were introduced. Furthermore, since 2008, JGN2plus has been deployed as a testbed that provides various services to enable research and development of new-generation networks, centered on the Otemachi Network Research and Coordination Center (SPARC).