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Building Experimental Networks Using the Supercharged Planetlab Platform


Jon Turner, Washington University of St. Louis


Tues 11:00 - 4:30 pm (box lunch provided)


This tutorial provides an introduction to the Supercharged Planetlab Platform (SPP), now deployed as part of the GENI infrastructure. The SPP is a high performance overlay hosting platform, enabling researchers to deploy overlay networks capable of handling internet-scale traffic volumes. Five SPP nodes are deployed within GENI, giving researchers the opportunity to deploy networks and applications with large geographically distributed user populations. The tutorial will include background on the various hardware and software components and the roles they play, plus a detailed description of the tools available to users to reserve and configure resources to carry out an experiment or demonstration. It will also include demonstrations showing the SPPs in action and a hands-on session during which participants will have an opportunity to work with the SPPs themselves.


Knowledge of networking fundamentals (at the level of an undergraduate course based on the Kurose and Ross textbook or something similar). Some basic experience with Planetlab or Emulab is helpful, but not essential.

Please arrive with…

A laptop, with a recent Java JRE installation and an SSH client. We can provide assistance if necessary, before the meeting.

Pre-tutorial homework



After completing this tutorial, you will be able to reserve and configure resources on the SPP infrastructure. Run and configure existing applications using the SPPs. You will also come away with an understanding of how to build your own experimental networks using the SPPs.