Call for Participation: NSF Workshop on GENI in Education

Location: Polytechnic Institute of New York University, October 26, 2013 (Saturday)
Organizers: Jeannie Albrecht, Williams College & Jay Aikat and Kevin Jeffay, UNC - Chapel Hill

About the Workshop. The Global Environment for Network Innovations – GENI – is a suite of research infrastructure rapidly taking shape across the United States. GENI provides a virtual laboratory for networking and distributed systems research and education. It is well suited for exploring networks at scale thereby promoting innovations in network science, security, services and applications. []

The NSF Workshop on GENI in Education is intended to encourage the use of GENI in undergraduate and graduate networking and distributed systems classes. Preference will therefore be given to participants who have never used GENI in their classroom and intend to do so within the next year.

The workshop will include an overview of GENI; presentations by faculty who have used GENI in their graduate and undergraduate classes; descriptions of available teaching resources such as ready-to-use tutorials and exercises; and recommendations for handling class logistics such as account creation.

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the GENI Engineering Conference (GEC) that runs from Sunday, October 27 through Tuesday, October 29. Workshop attendees are very strongly encouraged to also attend at least the first day of the GEC. This first day includes hands-on tutorials for newcomers to GENI. Subsequent days include updates on the GENI project, advanced tutorials (suitable for newcomers who have attended the tutorials on Day 1), and sessions where attendees can get one-on-one help with their experiments, planning their GENI-based coursework, etc. Attendance at the entire GEC is encouraged.

Apply to Participate. Please email a paper (at most 2 pages) to about the networking or distributed systems classes you teach. Please tells us:

  • What classes you teach; how often they are offered (e.g. once every year); size of the classes; undergraduate or graduate; etc.
  • Tools or testbeds, if any, you use for labs/exercises. For example, do you use simulators (e.g. ns3 or OpNet); testbeds (e.g. Emulab or PlanetLab); or something home-grown.
  • Have you used GENI in any of your classes? If yes, please describe how. If not, how do you think your classes will benefit from the use of GENI? What kinds of exercises do you envision your students doing using GENI?
  • Will you be able to attend the GEC (Oct 27-29)? If so, which days would you consider attending?

Travel Grants. All workshop participants will be reimbursed for travel to the workshop, lodging for up to two nights and meals. You do not need to apply for this travel grant separately.

Participants who stay on for the GEC can apply (separate application) for an additional travel grant that will cover conference registration fees and lodging and meals for the days of the conference. The deadline for this travel grant is Sep. 10. Instructions at

Relevant Dates:

GEC Travel Grant deadline: Sep 10, 2013 (Tue)
Papers due: Sep 13, 2013 (Fri) by 11:59 PM EST
Notifications: Sep 18, 2013 (Wed)
Deadline to accept invitation to participate: Sep 20, 2013 (Fri)
Workshop: Oct 26, 2013 (Sat)
GEC 18 (GENI conference): Oct 27–29, 2013 (Sun–Tue)

Questions? Email