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Wyatt Kash

Expanded Internet views from Google’s new digs

It’s not every day that you get one of the founding fathers of Internet to deliver a keynote address for the grand opening of a new branch office.

But in Vinton Cerf’s case, the ceremonies were just down the hall at Google’s new suburban Washington offices in Reston, Va., which officially opened today.

The new digs feature the company’s trademark color schemes and open office layout, complete with game room and high-tech conference rooms named after famous Virginians, including explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and educator and orator Booker T. Washington. The new facilities serve as regional headquarters for 30 Googlers who provide sales and technical support for Google’s Federal Enterprise business under the direction of its president, Mike Bradshaw.

They also house a new corner office for Cerf, who joined Google in 2005 as vice president and chief Internet evangelist. Cerf, along with Robert Kahn, co-designed TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet.

Speaking to a group of local dignitaries and government information technology guests, Cerf highlighted some of the recent developments of the Internet he saw as noteworthy. Among them is the move toward the internationalization of domain names, to take effect beginning next year, where Web sites will be able to use non-ASCII character sets (Arabic or Chinese Web sites, for instance).

Another development is a step toward a so-called "Interplanetary Internet" — protocols that enable communication between spacecraft — which were successfully tested and uploaded last month to spacecraft by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif. The software, called Disruption-Tolerant Networking (DTN), makes it possible to transmit dozens of space images to and from a NASA science spacecraft located as much as 20 million miles from Earth.

Posted by Wyatt Kash on Dec 09, 2008 at 9:39 AM


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