Internet2 supports network research by providing facilities for network researchers and by participating on research proposals funded by a variety different agencies. It also encourages and facilitates special projects that have fundamental components related to network research.
For example, GENI is an important NSF effort to support clean-slate thinking and testing of new networking technologies and protocols. Many of the researchers working on GENI are based at Internet2 member organizations. The NSF has funded BBN Technologies to run a GENI Projects Office (GPO) to begin the GENI effort. To help build the GENI network testbed, Internet2 is contributing 10Gbps of capacity on the Internet2 Network infrastructure for 24 months. The Internet2 Board strongly supported this contribution.
Internet2 supporting the network research community
- Reasearch and Advisory Council (RAC)-sponsored Network Research Review Committee (NRRC)
- GENI Support
- Jumbo Frames -- Equipment Testing
- BGP Tutorial (NETCAST)
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Internet2 Observatory – The Observatory has a two-fold purpose (collect data for sharing and provide co-location options for research projects) that has been used by several researchers/groups in the past. Currently, the data collected can be viewed using perfSONAR-developed visualization tools, making it more accessible and useful to a broader community.
Hybrid Network Research – In addition to the internal research on deploying these circuits, Internet2 works with researchers to determine optimal uses for them, viability as a long-term strategy for research projects on a case-by-case basis, and barriers to access.
MANLAN Optical Facility – Today, MAN LAN provides an open network exchange facility for a rich community of international and domestic research and education networks. By providing this critical connection point to the U.S. and abroad, MAN LAN enables researchers to partner and collaborate with their peers around the world.
Internet2 is involved in and supports a variety of grants related to network-research. Project details can be found at the following sites.