Test Tube Guy
Despite his boyish looks, Test Tube Guy is the undisputed granddaddy of the GENI experimenter community.
Although the original Internet architecture was designed to connect one computer to another, Test Tube Guy conceived a better architecture, fundamentally based on people and content. And so he poured his experimental software into clouds, distributed clusters, bulk data transfer devices (‘routers’), and wireless access devices throughout the GENI suite, and started taking measurements. He used a modest slice of GENI, sharing its infrastructure with many other concurrent experiments.
His experiment grew larger and continued to evolve as more and more real users opted in. His slice of GENI kept growing, but GENI was still running many other concurrent experiments.
In the end, Test Tube Guy's experiment was a real success, and his architecture turned out to be mostly compatible with today’s Internet after all, so he took it off GENI and spun it out as a real company.
The Nay Sayers
The nemeses of Test Tube Guy's professional life were the Nay Sayers.
At first they said "That will never work! It won’t scale! What about security? It’s impossible to implement or operate! Show me!" But once the experiment was over, they were forced to eat their words, saying "I always said it was a good idea, but way too conservative."
These are some of Test Tube Guy's most famous statements.
- I have a great idea! The original Internet architecture was designed to connect one computer to another – but a better architecture would be fundamentally based on people and content!
- My new architecture worked great in the lab, so now I’m going to try a larger experiment for a few months.
- Boy did I learn a lot! I’ve published papers, the architecture has evolved in major ways, and I’m even attracting real users!
- My experiment was a real success, and my architecture turned out to be mostly compatible with today’s Internet after all – so I’m taking it off GENI and spinning it out as a real company.
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