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Project Number


Project Title

Great Plains Environment for Network Innovation
a.k.a. GpENI

Technical Contacts

PI: 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 Scoglio, 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


  1. Lead the integration of the Princeton control framework onto the GpENI testbed.
  1. Enable backbone connection (Internet2/NLR) supporting end-to-end VLAN connections into the GpENI testbed.
  1. Make GpENI infrastructure running Princeton control framework available to external researchers over VLAN connections by the end of year 1.
  1. Present GpENI integration and operational status to the various control frameworks selected in Spiral 1 through active participation in GEC meetings and the appropriate working groups

Current Capabilities


MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.a new geniwrapper)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.b study DCN in GpENI)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.c tools -)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.d access)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.e VINI)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.f MAX)? Click here for report
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.g deploy DCN in GpENI -)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.h 2nd Ciena switch -)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.i web-portal)? Click here for portal. Contact PI for account to use portal to create slices across GpENI PlanetLab and VINI nodes.
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.j federate)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.k XORP and VINI)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.l DCN GpENI MAX)? Details at
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.m security)?
MilestoneDate(GpENI: S2.n outreach)?

Project Technical Documents

Link to GpENI wiki maintained by KU
Ciena Core Director switch component manager interface
Options for deploying DCN/ION service within the GpENI network
On Interconnecting GpENI with MAX: A Report

Quarterly Status Reports

4Q08 Status Report
1Q09 Status Report
2Q09 Status Report copy downloaded 07-08-2009
3Q09 Status Report copy downloaded 10-27-2009
4Q09 Status Report
1Q10 Status Report
2Q10 Status Report (Wiki version at

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

Vic Thomas

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