Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg: www.fnr.lu
Luxembourg Ministry of Communication
University of Luxembourg
PROJECTS & INITIATIVES
FuturICT is a FET flagship project that opens up the possibility to combine our expertise across domains in order to work on new concepts, methods and platforms for predicting our future and to understand our complex world.
FuturICT is a European consortium committed to transparency, openness and ethical behavior. The project’s aim is to lift our knowledge of social and economic systems to a new level of understanding, thereby enabling us to discover promising paths towards a sustainable future. More than 1000 researchers all over Europe have decided to work in the FuturICT project, a 10 years, 1 billion research programme and to make use of Big Data and available ICT.
Our vision is to create an eco-system of ideas, data, models and applications through a network of researchers and business people. What for? It will bring support for a better communication and decision making between policy-makers, business people and citizens around the world.
Our objective is basically to be in a position to foresee the co-evolution of ICT and society. What is essential when we want to lay a stronger foundation for generations which follow? The answer is to involve world’s best scientific brains to develop a platform where data and models can be explored by everybody in real-time, where complex phenomena are visualized in comprehensible ways, and helps us to take essential decisions fast.
FuturICT Luxembourg has now a dedicated Website! You will be informed on the national on-going activities with the topics covered, partners involved, news, events and important documents. Luxembourg is proud to be part of the European consortium. The national hub Luxembourg is led by the Public Research Centre Henri Tudor. We welcome you to browse this Website and find detailed information about how Luxembourg can contribute to this large challenge.
Most of today’s Internet and our corporate networks use IPv4, which is now more than three decades old. IPv4 has been remarkably resilient in spite of its age. In the early seventies, when IPv4 was originally developed, the current size of the Internet was beyond imagination. It is remarkable that this protocol is still able to be the transport for the Internet. But it has been hitting its limits for some time. The most obvious limitation is the address space, which is short and will run out in the near future. We have helped ourselves by using IP address sharing techniques such as NAT (Network Address Translation), but this is not a good long-term solution. By using the IPv6 address space of 128 bits (compared to 32 bits with IPv4), the limit on addresses has been extended from a theoretical 4 billion to 340 billion billion billion billion (3.4 x 10^38) — 2^32 compared to 2^128).