Successful conclusion to the PRISTINE project

The TSSG is proud to announce the successful conclusion to the PRISTINE project. The European Commission fully endorsed the review findings for the project and concluded that this successful project reached all of its stated aims and objectives.

PRISTINE was funded by the EC to carry out systems research and build on the Recursive Inter Networking Architecture (RINA). RINA is an emerging clean-slate programmable networking approach, centring on Inter-Process Communication (IPC) paradigm, which supports high scalability, multi-homing, built-in security, seamless access to real-time information and operation in dynamic environments.

PRISTINE has developed practical, demonstrable, and commercially exploitable solutions to address existing 5- layer networking limitations. PRISTINE results highlight the relevance of RINA as a virtualisation (including network slicing) architecture that can best support the distributed computing infrastructure of existing Internet platforms, which are currently being augmented with Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN). Furthermore, PRISTINE hints at potential applicability to emerging network architecture and applications, including: 5G, Mobile Edge Computing, Internet of Things, and Internet of Everything.

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It’s time to replace the internet, warns researcher

TSSG researcher and chief architect Miguel Ponce de Leon said the internet as we know it is not fit for purpose and he wants to replace it with something better.

De Leon is part of an EU-wide research project called Pristine to develop a RINA (Recursive InterNetwork Architecture), a computer network architecture that unifies distributed computing and telecoms.

When you think about, when the internet was designed originally back in the late 1960s, we never thought about mobility or security, which are huge issues that we see currently’

De Leon believes that the current internet architecture that we are used to with broadband, mobile and Wi-Fi is inefficient.


De Leon warns that the internet will be utterly useless when it comes to deploying 5G in the future.

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Student Entrepreneurship Bootcamp February 28th

imageArclabs, the research and innovation centre at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is behind this exciting event for WIT students.

The Arclabs Student Entrepreneurship Bootcamp aims to assist in developing WIT students innovative ideas into viable business opportunities by providing them with tools for future business growth.

The Bootcamp will run in ArcLabs on 28 February from 1- 7pm and will be followed up by 1-to-1 mentoring meetings with the students on 6 and 7 March to help students get direction on the next steps to take to develop their business.

This bootcamp events will partner with and feed into:

To register for this event please click HERE

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Play your part at free eDIGIREGION event March 8 & 9

Banner2Business owners and leaders, and anyone with an interest in networking with delegates from Spain, Romania and Hungary examine how partnerships between industry, academic institutions and government can help drive regional innovation and economic growth,  are urged to register now for a free conference at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Arena.

The eDIGIREGION ‘Sustaining Regional Innovation and Growth Through Partnership’ conference runs on March 8 and 9 and includes workshops, networking opportunities, briefings and inspiring addresses from partners in the highly-regarded EU programme which is being led by WIT.

A panel of influential international speakers and partners in the highly-successful, international initiative will describe their regions’ experiences of stimulating regional innovation and developing regional partnership models. Delegates will also hear about the implementation of the South East Action Plan for Jobs and from those targeting the growth of specific industry sectors in the region.

The free conference also explores how industry and research institutions can better collaborate to deliver Innovation that meets Industry needs. The event is of particular interest to those involved in sectors such as agriculture and digital media, pharmaceutical, medtech, advanced manufacturing as well as ICT in tourism.

Pre-booking is free and essential please click HERE for further details

New €20m venture capital fund emerges from Ireland’s south-east

Barry Downes, Chairman of TSSG

Barry Downes, Chairman of TSSG

Barry Downes has the Midas touch when it comes to tech start-ups and is now heading a new venture capital firm called Suir Valley Venture Fund.

TSSG chairman and FeedHenry founder Barry Downes is to lead a new €20m venture capital fund, Suir Valley Ventures, to focus on IoT, fintech and augmented reality.

Downes has been an integral figure in the emergence of a thriving tech sector in Ireland’s south-east. Up until January, he was CEO of TSSG at Waterford Institute of Technology, and will remain as chairman of the innovation powerhouse.

TSSG has delivered more than 120 tech and innovation projects for start-ups over the past three years.

‘This is an entrepreneur-led fund that will focus on supporting entrepreneurs [as they] grow and develop groundbreaking new technology companies’

Downes is the founder of FeedHenry, which was acquired by US software giant Red Hat in 2014 for €63.5m in cash.

He also sits on the board of fast-emerging virtual reality games company Immersive VR Education and is credited as a producer on the breakthrough Apollo 11 VR experience.

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