Intel tips second university research center
"The co-principal investigators from Intel and UC Berkeley will lead a talented team of researchers from across the country to address today’s most challenging problems in computer security," said Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer, in a statement. "Forming a multidisciplinary community of Intel, faculty and graduate student researchers will lead to fundamental breakthroughs in one of the most difficult and vexing areas of computing technology."
Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Duke and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are also participating in the newest Science and Technology Center, Intel said. The center represents the next $15 million installment of Intel’s five-year, $100 million ISTC program to increase university research and accelerate innovation, announced in January. The first ISTC is focused on visual computing and hosted across the San Francisco Bay from UC Berkeley at Stanford University.
The ISTC for secure computing will focus its research on a variety of areas over the next five years, including making personal computers safer from malware, use of third party applications and securing mobile devices, Intel said. Another key area researchers will address is how to protect personal data once it is scattered throughout the Web, Intel said.
Intel Labs also announced it would release source code for its Distributed Scene Graph 3-D Internet technology. This code is part of an ongoing effort to augment the OpenSim open-source virtual world simulator and will enable developers to build virtual regions where people can work or play online with a cast of thousands, instead of being limited to less than a hundred today, Intel said.
Also this month, Intel Labs will release as open source its offline ray tracing code to researchers and developers, Intel said. Ray tracing is a computer graphics technique that produces photo-realistic images by tracing imaginary light rays to determine where and how every part of an object should be illuminated, the company said.