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Project Number


Project Title

GpENI: Great Plains Environment for Network Innovation

Technical Contacts

Principal Investigator: James P.G. Sterbenz, The University of Kansas,
Co-PI: Deep Medhi, University of Missouri – Kansas City,
Co-PI: Byrav Ramamurthy, University of Nebraska – Lincoln,
Co-PI: Caterina Scolio, Kansas State University,
Co-PI: Don Gruenbacher, Kansas State University,
Co-PI: Greg Monaco at Great Plains Network,
Co-PI: Jeff Verrant, Ciena,
Co-PI: Cort Buffington, KanREN,
Co-PI: TBD, Qwest
Co-PI: David Hutchison, Lancaster University,
Co-PI: Bernhard Platter, ETH Zürich,
Co-I: Joseph B. Evans, The University of Kansas,
Co-I: Rick McMullen, The University of Kansas,
Co-I: Baek-Young Choi, University of Missouri – Kansas City,
Co-I: Jim Archuleta, Ciena,
Co-I: Andrew Scott, Lancaster University,

Participating Organizations

The University of Kansas – Lawrence, KS
Kansas State University – Manhattan, KS
University of Missouri – Kansas City, MO
University of Nebraska – Lincoln, NE
Great Plains Network
Ciena Governement Solutions – Des Moines, IA
Qwest Government Services - Fairfax, VA
KanREN – Lawrence, KS
MOREnet – Columbia, MO
Lancaster University, United Kingdom
ETH Zürich, Switzerland


To provide an edge software defined routing infrastructure connected over a Regional Optical Network (RON) with GENI access to core optical switching equipment. GpENI belongs to the PlanetLab cluster (B).


MilestoneDate(GpENI: Purchase switch and complete end-to-end connections)?

  • 10 Oct 2008 – UNL Core Director delivered
  • 01 Nov 2008 – KU node cluster installed
  • 19 Dec 2008 – UNL optical switch operational
  • 13 Feb 2009 – UNL to I2 to KU connectivity established
  • 27 Feb 2009 – KU node cluster online
  • 04 Mar 2009 – KSU node cluster online
  • 11 Mar 2009 – UNL node cluster online
  • 27 Mar 2009 – Temporary L2TPv3 tunnel to UMKC relatively stable (will be replaced when MOREnet optical infrastructure when available)
  • 30 Mar 2009 – milestone met
  • 25 Jun 2009 – discussions begun to interconnect with ProtoGENI
  • 26 Jun 2009 – discussions begun to interconnect with MAX
  • 29 Jun 2009 - UMKC is now fully connected through MOREnet optical infrastructure
  • 10 Jul 2009 – Lancaster node cluster installed
  • 16 Jul 2009 – Lancaster L2TPv2 tunnel established

MilestoneDate(GpENI: Integrate GpENI with PlanetLab control framework)?

  • 04 Mar 2009 – GpENI running PlanetLab control framework at KSU
  • 09 Mar 2009 – KU attached to KSU PLC; KU–KSU slice created
  • 17 Mar 2009 – UNL attached to KSU PLC; KU–KSU–UNL slice created
  • 25 Mar 2009 – KSU GpENI dynamic operational status page available:
  • 27 Mar 2009 – UMKC node attached to KSU PLC; slice across all four GpENI node clusters created
  • 30 Mar 2009 – milestone met
  • 01 Apr 2009 – Gush is running on GpENI
  • 16 Apr 2009 – UNL ported DCN to Netgear GSM7224 (bandwidth limits not supported)
  • 21 May 2009 – Netgear GSM7224 port included in DCN codebase:
  • 23 Jun 2009 – KSU trying GENIwrapper
  • 29 Jun 2009 – UMKC completed initial local testing of VINI-Central set up for GpENI
  • 14 Jul 2009 – GENIwrapper 0.8-4 is now running in PlanetLab control aggregate
  • 15 Jul 2009 – MyVINI@GpENI central (with MyPLC 4.3) is installed and is running at UMKC -- this is GENIwrapper compatible
  • 16 Jul 2009 - GpENI-VINI client (router-1) is up and running at UNL
  • 17 Jul 2009 - GpENI-VINI clients (router-1 & router-2) are up and running at KU

MilestoneDate(GpENI: Testbed available for limited external research)?

MilestoneDate(GpENI: Delivery of component manager ICD for Ciena Core Director switch)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: Contribute to GENI outreach)? on-going

Project Technical Documents

Link to GpENI wiki maintained by KU

Quarterly Status Reports

4Q08 Status Report
1Q09 Status Report
2Q09 Status Report copy downloaded 07-08-2009

or Link to Status Reports on GpENI wiki

Spiral 1 Connectivity

The GpENI network is formed from the Great Plains Network which has equipment co-located at an Internet2 POP in Kansas City, MO. The connections between the DWDM equipment, the availability of the 10GBE switch and the connections to the I2 transport network are to be determined. Contact James Sterbenz for status updates.

The Ciena switches are scheduled for acquisition over the three year period of performance (spiral-1 plus 2 option years). The initial switch to be purchased in spiral-1 is the Ciena Core Director located at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

GPO Liaison System Engineer

Christopher Small

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