ITTC Project


EAGER: Multilayer Network Resilience Analysis and Experimentation on GENI

Project Award Date: 09-01-2010



Description

As society increasingly depends on networks for all aspects of its functioning, the consequences of network disruptions are becoming increasingly severe, as does their attractiveness to those who wish to disrupt society. It is essential to understand and evaluate the resilience of current networks and to evaluate alternatives for future Internet architecture, mechanisms, and protocols. (ITTC researchers define resilience as the ability of the network to deliver desired service when subject to a variety of challenges, including large-scale disasters and attacks.)

The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project is evolving to provide a promising environment in which to do experimental research in the resilience and survivability of future networks, by allowing programmable control over topology and mechanism, while providing the scale and global reach needed to conduct network experiments far beyond the capabilities of a conventional testbed.

We are using GENI to perform resilience and survivability experiments at scale, both in terms of node count and with the geographic scope needed to emulate area-based challenges such as large-scale disasters. The Great Plains Environment for Network Innovation (GpENI) research infrastructure centered at the University of Kansas is the foundation for this research, which uses the PlanetLab control framework to provide a programmable international testbed. This will be supplemented by OpenFlow capabilities, as well as the ProtoGENI control framework to emulate access networks. The goal is to advance the state-of-the-art in resilient network design based on experimental research, and to better understand the application of large-scale programmable infrastructure to performing network research, and its relationship to analytical and simulation-based techniques.


Investigators

Faculty Investigator(s): James Sterbenz (PI)

Student Investigator(s): Dongsheng Zhang, Justin Rohrer, Egemen Cetinkaya, Mohammed Alenazi, Craig Lane


Project Sponsors


Primary Sponsor(s): National Science Foundation


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