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MCI gift boosts health care and education programs

From Virginia Engineering
April 1, 1997

The Engineering school got a big Valentine from MCI, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, headquartered in Washington, D.C. On February 14th, MCI, Corporation donated six Cisco Lightstream Switches, worth nearly $1 million, to benefit two U.Va. programs in health and education.

Switches control the flow of data through a network, opening and closing different pathways and determining how fast and how much data moves through. Researchers in computer science and radiology have developed a network to transmit mammogram images from the medical center to an engineering lab for analysis. With the new switches, they can create a dedicated network for the data.


MCI's gift switches also promise to revolutionize the Tele-Tutoring System project led by Jorg Liebeherr, assistant professor of computer science. First designed for on-Grounds Internet tutorials, the system recently supported an interactive lecture between U.Va. and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Building upon these small successes, Liebeherr can envision a worldwide Internet conferencing network. "With these switches, a world of possibilities opens for U.Va.," says Liebeherr.

"We know the benefits of high-performance networking," says Rick Wilder, senior engineer with MCI. "We are pleased that this gift will enable U.Va. to use those advantages to further its state-of-the-art research."

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