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Project Number


Project Title

iGENI: A Distributed Network Research Infrastructure for the Global Environment for Network Innovation
a.k.a. IGENI

Technical Contacts

PI: Joe Mambretti Northwestern University, International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR,
Co-PI: Maxine Brown Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL, University of Illinois at Chicago
Co-PI: Thomas A. DeFanti California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) University of California, San Diego

Participating Organizations

Northwestern University, International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR)
University of Illinois at Chicago, Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL)
California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)

Related Projects

GPO Liaison System Engineer

Harry Mussman


This project will define, design and implement iGENI, a distributed network research infrastructure; integrate it with current and planned GENI resources; and operate it for the use of GENI researchers conducting experiments that involve multiple aggregates (at multiple sites).
The iGENI infrastructure will be defined in collaboration with the GPO and other GENI projects to expand the controllable transport services available to GENI researchers, and make GENI available to more research communities.

The iGENI infrastructure will connect existing resources with iCAIR involvement (e.g. StarLight) with current GENI backbone transport resources (e.g., Internet2 and NLR layer 2/Ethernet VLANs); current and planned GENI regional transport resources (e.g., BEN, CENIC, and others ); and additional available connections to other research networks (e.g. FIRE).

The iGENI infrastructure will be integrated as an aggregate with the ORCA control framework in Cluster D. Through ORCA, available resources in iGENI will be discovered; services will be setup and managed; and individual traffic streams will be controlled and managed. This project will implement interfaces to ORCA that allow dynamic control of network services involving iGENI, associated transport resources and and GENI aggregates. It will be possible to setup services using prepackaged or customized configurations and topologies.

GENI/iGENI Testbed Connections
vlan interface location A location Z
2701, 2702 1GE GIST KISTI
2701, 2702 1GE KISTI CANARIE
2701, 2702 10GE CANARIE Starlight
462, 1548 1GE NCKU NCHC
462, 1548 1GE KUAS NCHC
452, 1548 1GE NCHC Starlight
347, 533,869,870 10GE iCAIR Starlight
462, 3792 10GE iCAIR Starlight
2712, 2780 10GE iCAIR C-WAVE
2712 1GE CPqD RNP
2581 10GE C-WAVE BEN
1810 1GE Wayne State MERIT
1804 1GE The Ohio StateU MERIT
1804, 1810 10GE MERIT Starlight
3792 10GE HPLabs NLR
347, 3792 1GE UCSD NLR
533 1GE UMassAmherst NOX
Dynamic 10GE NC State U BEN
Dynamic,869,870 10GE Duke U BEN
Dyn,533,869,870 10GE RENCI BEN
Dyn,533,869,870 10GE BEN NLR
Dyn,533,869, 10GE BEN NLR
Dyn, 870,3792 10GE NLR Starlight
462 10GE UoUtah @ MAX Starlight
461 1GE Kaiserslautern DFN
461 1GE GEANT2 NetherLight
461 10GE NetherLight Starlight
Forthcoming 1GE UoHouston NLR
Forthcoming 1GE Columbia U NLR

Operating Capabilities


MilestoneDate(IGENI: S2.a Define the iGENI infrastucture)?
MilestoneDate(IGENI: S2.b Cluster plan for VLANs between testbeds)?
MilestoneDate(IGENI: S2.c Integrate iGENI with ORCA)?
MilestoneDate(IGENI: S2.d Demo VLAN connections between GENI aggregates)?
MilestoneDate(IGENI: S2.e Demo VLAN connections including other research communities)?
MilestoneDate(IGENI: S2.f Control of iGENI via ORCA to GENI users)?
MilestoneDate(IGENI: S2.g POC to GENI response team)?
MilestoneDate(IGENI: S2.h POC to GENI security team)?
MilestoneDate(IGENI: S2.i Contribution to GENI outreach)?
MilestoneDate(IGENI: S2.j Explore dynamic L1 connections)?

MilestoneDate(iGENI: S3.a Demonstration at GEC9 and Experimenter Outreach)?
MilestoneDate(iGENI: S3.b Documentation and Code Release)?
MilestoneDate(iGENI: S3.c Demonstration at GEC10 and Experimenter Outreach)?
MilestoneDate(iGENI: S3.d Documentation and Code Release)?
MilestoneDate(iGENI: S3.e Demonstration at GEC11 and Experimenter Outreach)?
MilestoneDate(iGENI: S3.f Documentation and code release)?

Status Reports and Demos

4Q09 Status Report
1Q10 Status Report
GEC7 Demo Topology
GEC7 Demo
2Q10 Status Report
GEC8 Demo
Spiral 2 Review Slides

GEC9 Presentation
GEC9 Demo
GEC9 Demo Poster
GEC9 GENI Cloud Poster
IGENI: 3Q10 Status Report
4Q10 Status Report
GEC10 Presentation
GEC10 Demo Poster
GEC10 TransCloud Demo
GEC10 TransCloud Demo Poster
1Q11 Status Report

Technical Documents

StarLight: IEEE 802.1q VLAN-based R&E Network Exchange Services
GLIF: Integrating the World with Light
Starlight Engineering
StarLight GLIF GOLE, May, 2006
StarLight GLIF GOLE, ndl Description


Software Releases


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