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    The FedEx Technology Institute links St. Jude scientists to next generation Internet

    (Memphis, Tennessee, March 18, 2003)

    A new Internet connection, provided by the University of Memphis’ FedEx Technology Institute, will link scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to the next generation Internet, termed “Internet 2” or “I2.”

    A fiber optic connection provided by XO Communications, Inc., links the two institutions and will, in this case, provide data transmission speeds of 100 million bits/second.

    The University is the only I2 connector in Memphis and has a link to the I2 backbone network known as Abilene. Abilene operates at 2.5 billion bits/second and allows nearly 200 universities and research institutions, like Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), across the country to share large datasets and develop applications that take advantage of this enormous bandwidth.

    “As a world-class research institution we want to be a part of that community and take advantage of I2’s significant capabilities,” said Dr. Clayton Naeve, Director of the Hartwell Center for Bioinformatics & Biotechnology at St. Jude. “We are delighted that the University of Memphis is providing us with this connection”

    I2 is only accessible by educational and research institutions and provides a network environment free of commercial traffic and engineered to support high-performance research applications. “We are pleased to be a conduit to the vital research at St. Jude,” said Jim Phillips, chairman and executive director of the FedEx Technology Institute at the U of M.  Phillips states, “By extending I2 to St. Jude, they will join an exclusive research group that experiments with the fastest Internet connections in the world, allowing them to develop future applications such as telemedicine, remote robotic surgery, and remote manipulation of the world’s most powerful microscope.  Access to I2 provides a rich network connection, creating a real-world test bed for real-world application development for the researches and physicians of St. Jude.”

    About St. Jude
    The late entertainer Danny Thomas founded St. Jude Children’s Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee. The hospital is an internationally recognized biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic diseases of childhood. The hospital’s work is supported through funds raised by ALSAC. ALSAC covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Families without insurance are never asked to pay.

    About the FedEx Technology Institute
    The mission of the FedEx Institute is to conduct world-class interdisciplinary research, produce a digitally savvy workforce, and be an evolving, dynamic resource for businesses at large. As the digital epicenter of the Mid-South United States, the institute will forever change the face of business, education, government, healthcare, entertainment and the arts, causing the digital re-architecture of every industry it touches. This is where emerging technologies help shape the global information economy. Learn more at

    About the University of Memphis
    The University of Memphis is a comprehensive urban university committed to the scholarly accomplishments of students and faculty. The University is well established in the area of technology and research with more than 17 doctoral programs.  It offers an advanced Masters program in e-commerce, opportunities in cycle time research and participation in its highly recognized Center for Managing Emerging Technology. As an Internet2 campus and a Carnegie Classification of Extensive Doctoral Research University, The University of Memphis is ready to move to the next level with the FedEx Technology Institute. Learn more at