Welcome to CCENT
The Center for Convergence and Emerging Networking Technologies (CCENT) is the result of the merger of the Convergence Center and the Center for Emerging Technologies (CENT). Our main mission is to understand and study the future of networking technologies and to engage students, faculty and industry in the process of defining and shaping that future.
CCENT’s research efforts and educational activities are aimed at contributing to the understanding and diffusion of new telecommunications/networking technologies thus, we welcome the exchange of ideas, projects and technology discussions with the community at large and hope that the educational and technical reports material that we produce and reference becomes useful to a wide audience and promotes the use of new technologies.
Concept of Convergence
“Digital Convergence” refers to the profound changes in the structure of media caused by the emergence of digital technologies as the dominant method for representing, storing, and communicating information. In the past, information and communication technologies were segmented into discrete economic and technical systems with minimal capabilities for interoperability. Digital convergence can be defined in terms of the following three developments.
- The coming together, into a single application or service, of information content from sound broadcasting, telephony, television, motion pictures, photography, printed text and money.
- A growing amount of overlap in the functions that can be performed by different physical telecommunication networks.
- A growth in the interactivity, interoperability and connectedness of different networks and information appliances in the home and the office.
The Center for Convergence and Emerging Network Technologies is an initiative by the School of Information Studies to research on how inter-operable systems and technologies are converging to provide solutions for industries and economies. The main focus of the center is to research on upcoming technologies and to identify where it fits in at the level of enterprise technological architecture. In the process, our aim is to create a culture of knowledge management through experiential learning for both graduate and under-graduate students.
Current Focus Areas
- Wireless Networking: 802.11 WLANs (802.11a/b/g/n), Wireless WANs (WiMAX, 3G, EVDO, UMTS)
- Unified Communication: VOIP, SIP, Fixed Mobile Convergence, Mobile to Mobile Convergence
- Enterprise Networking: WAN Optimization, Network Access Control, 10G Ethernet, Carrier Ethernet.