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Friday, October 30, 2009

GENI Goes Global

At this week’s 9th Annual LambdaGrid Workshop held in Korea, a consortium of network researchers announced that they received a three-year grant from the U.S. Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) program, which NLR supports with Layer 2/Layer 3 services, to develop a major new national and international distributed infrastructure called “iGENI,” the “International GENI.”

Led by the International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) at Northwestern University, the consortium includes the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago; the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego; Cisco Systems, Inc.; and, the BBN Technologies GENI Program Office (GPO). This project is funded by NSF through BBN Technologies to enable research at the frontiers of network science and engineering.

For full news announcement, see:
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

IU Team Wins Grant for GENI Network Tools

NLR congratulates the Indiana University team, including PI Beth Plale and co-PI Chris Small of IU's Global Research Network Operations Center for being awarded a $484,485 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide essential tools related to the history and authenticity of an experiment's data set (called "provenance") for the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) computer network. Such tools are essential because as computer network experiments increase in complexity and size, it has become increasingly difficult to fully understand the circumstances under which a network experiment was run, particularly when it comes time to reproduce the results.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

New NSF Grant for GENI

BBN Technologies, an advanced technology solutions firm, announced today a $10.5M National Science Foundation grant to fund additional prototyping for GENI, the virtual laboratory for exploring future internets at scale supported by NLR which is also using NLR's national network backbone for much of its research. NLR is one of the PIs for the grant.

The new NSF funding will enable three sets of collaborating academic/industrial research teams to replicate those GENI prototype systems that have gained significant traction, based on GENI-enabled commercial hardware, across 14 U.S. campuses, NLR and Internet2. These prototypes will serve as a foundation for creating major opportunities for early experiments on an end-to-end suite of GENI infrastructure at a scale significantly larger than has been possible until now.

For more details, see