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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)

GPO Liason 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.

Current Capabilities


MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.a Cluster plan for VLANs between testbeds)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.b Plan to connect to cloud)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.c Handlers to allocate cloud)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.d Policy to track usage)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.e Demo archiving sensor data)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.f Use CloudWatch to monitor usage)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.g Demo initial proxy aggregate manager)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.h Release initial proxy aggregate manager)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.i Extend ViSE web portal to include cloud)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.j Make available initial set of resources)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.k POC to GENI response team)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.l POC to GENI security team)?
MilestoneDate(DICLOUD: S2.m Contribution to GENI outreach)?

Project 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

Quarterly Status Reports

Spiral 2 Connectivity

Related Projects

ViSE project

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