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10/15/2005 - EWU Launches Network Research Center

Eastern Washington University (EWU) will launch its new Center for Network Computing and Cyber Security (CNCACS) Wednesday, October 19. The launch will be part of the dedication of the brand new Computing and Engineering Building (CEB) at EWU Cheney beginning at 1:00 that day. According to Dr. Steve Simmons, newly designated as CNCACS Director, “the CNCACS open house will be an 'event within an event'.” The open house will feature cyber security demonstrations by graduate students in computer science, and a drop in visit by former EWU President Steve Jordan, who is visiting from Colorado to attend the CEB opening. Parking for the event is free that day, at any EWU campus lot.

According to Simmons, the purpose of CNCACS is “to consolidate, focus, and expand the growing network and cyber security research program within the EWU department of computer science, and to work collaboratively with other departments and researchers.” CNCACS will also serve to promote joint projects with industry, government, and other universities, and to provide project and internship opportunities for EWU students.

“State of the art equipment for the CNCACS laboratory in room 342, will be up and running for the open house,” states Simmons. Graduate students will demonstrate the department’s cyber warfare ‘pods’ --- two sets of rack mounted computers and network equipment used to simulate the Internet for student war team competitions as well as studies and simulations of Internet attacks. Other equipment includes a connection to VPnet, and many powerful computer workstations. A multiprocessor Beowulf cluster, optimized for research in parallel and distributed computing, will come in the near future, as will a separate and completely isolated gigabit “Green Network” for cyber security studies, network protocol development, high performance multimedia networking, and many other uses.

“Although the CNCACS research effort and equipment will be in Cheney," Simmons states, “we will not be leaving the Terabyte Triangle behind. The CS department’s location in the SIRTI building will serve as a very active hub for regional professional interaction with CNCACS. Thanks to its central location, the Riverpoint facility is ideal for interaction with the Community Colleges of Spokane, Gonzaga, Whitworth and WSU --- and for interaction with the rapidly growing network and systems development industry in this region.”

Initial CNCACS staff will include, in addition to Simmons, Dr. Atsushi Inoue, Chief Scientist for Intelligent Systems, Dr. Timothy Rolfe, Chief Scientist for Distributed Systems, Dr. John Shovic, Chief Scientist for Cyber Security, Dr. Kosuke Imamura, Network Systems Scientist, and Tom Capaul, Code Security Scientist. To contact CNCACS, e-mail Dr. Simmons at

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