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Chip Shot: Making Wireless Networks Video Smart

Demand for video on mobile devices is skyrocketing as more smartphones, tablets, netbooks and laptops connect to the Internet through 3G and 4G wireless networks. The amount of bits and bytes flying through wireless networks today is expected to increase 65 times by 2014, with most of this increase pegged to digital video viewing, according to Cisco Systems.  Researchers and millions of dollars in resources from Intel, Verizon and Cisco are focused on tackling this oncoming mobile video traffic jam by teaming up with leading universities around the world, including Cornell University, Moscow State University and the University of Southern California.  Recently, faculty at  University of Texas’s Cockrell School of Engineering and University of California San Diego shared their vision and approach to creating Video Aware Wireless Networks (VAWN).