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"Next Generation" Internet Will Be Used For Bioinformatics

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OTTAWA--One of the first applications of the new broadband CA*net II network, launched here last month as the "first next-generation internet in the world," will be in bioinformatics. A bioinformatics research project of the National Research Council will help demonstrate CA*net II's ability to support collaborative research activities, according to Andrew Bjerring, CEO of CANARIE Inc., CA*net II's developer, a nonprofit consortium of businesses, research institutes, and the Canadian government charged with creating next-generation networking technology in Canada.

CA*net II is built on asynchronous transfer mode telecommunications facilities and is designed to support high-speed multimedia applications. In addition to bioinformatics, other initial applications will include long-distance education and telemedicine services.

CA*net II was developed in partnership with several Canadian telecommunications companies. It is already linked to advanced internet networks in the U.S., and will be connected to its counterparts in Europe and Asia by the end of the year, Bjerring said.

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