Information & Computer Sciences
Source: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Date: 6/1/95    Record No.: 10131
Contact: Stu Loken, 510-486-7474

Information & Computer Sciences
This division includes both the operation of internal lab computer and information systems (technical and administrative information processing, and information services such as publications and the library) and research in information sciences, focusing primarily on network issues.

In this latter role, LBL has played a major part over the years in the formulation of the internet. In fact, TCP/IP traces back to LBL. The network research group deals with bandwidth allocation and scaling issues associated with the rapid growth in the size of the network.

The utility industry is expected to be a major player in the NII, because of the direct benefits to utilities and their customers. It's already apparent that energy management programs and demonstrations will require such a large number of addresses on the network as to raise a problem that hasn't really been addressed as yet.

In this light, LBL recognizes that its interactions with utilities have been too limited, and they are just beginning a process of self-education and outreach to the industry. They are looking for partners to work with them, particularly on integrating energy management equipment into network applications. (IT)