SFI - Prof. Fionn Murtagh


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SFI - Prof. Fionn Murtagh

  1. 1. SFI – ICT and the Environment and the crucial underpinning role of IPv6 Prof. Fionn Murtagh Information, Communications & Emergent Technologies Directorate 1
  2. 2. Rebuilding the Irish Smart Economy • The Knowledge Society powers every conceivable aspect of our society • The web – it results from physicists sharing preprints • Undergrad student Marc Andreessen wrote the Mosaic browser in Q1 1993, and unleashed the web to business worldwide • And: the Dot-Com boom, starting in 1993, was exactly contemporary with the Celtic Tiger period • The Internet – originally built as a robust, Cold War proof, network • A European contribution: crucial role played by Linus Torvald • Europe: if the game was (more or less) lost in computer hardware, it was won in telecoms
  3. 3. IPv6 – a basis element of Irish economic recovery
  4. 4. Theme area of SFI’s work: Telecoms – building the Future Internet • Integration of photonics, wireless – and copper • Integration of layers, top and bottom • Clear business case derives from leading role of cultural and creative industries, e- government, virtual work environments, and so on • Important areas of support: IPTV, IPv6, universal high-speed broadband as a basic right of every citizen • SFI has active investment of €116 million in telecoms (including sensor web, comms in e- health, photonics, …)
  5. 5. Theme area of SFI’s work: ICT and Energy/Climate – Sides of the one coin • Some of the issues and exemplifications follow • ICT accounts for 2% of the world’s CO2 emissions, more than world aviation • But processing of data and processing of energy follow identical paths • Enormous burgeoning costs imply need to integrate infrastructure – power grid, broadband, waste • Data and energy share many properties • Power grids carry data; ICT is needed for autonomic (self-managing) networks • Energy conservation requires ICT • Smart grids are based on ICT • Will the smart grid of the future support plug-and-play? • Data centres and cloud computing require inexpensive power • All future devices will be energy scavenging • SFI is currently supporting energy research to the level of €45 million
  6. 6. Evolving Technologies – through advancing Science and Engineering • There is a sea-change in business models and IPR in business and industrial sectors like publishing, the cultural and creative industries, online communities and e-government, distributed and virtual work environments • National initiatives are coming to the fore, including the Exemplar Network, the National Ocean Research Facility, electric vehicles, and in connected health, in smarter cities and in the Smart Society • Opportunities for Ireland are enormous • In the green and smart evolution of technology and business, Ipv6 has an essential underpinning role to play