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Project Number


Project Title

Mid-Atlantic Crossroads
a.k.a. MAX or MANFRED

Technical Contacts

Principal Investigator: Peter O'Neil poneil at
Co-PI: Chris Tracy chris at
Co-PI: Jarda Flidr jflidr at

Participating Organizations

Mid-Atlantic Crossroads GigaPOP
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Southern California - Information Sciences Institute East (USC/ISI-E)
Qwest Eckington Place NE, Washington, DC
George Washington University


This project will provide access to an operational, regional, multi-wavelength optical network. Key contributions include:

  1. Extending DRAGON's open-source GMPLS-based control plane implementation to include edge compute resources and support network virtualization (viewing DRAGON as an aggregate/component manager);
  1. Leading the integration of PlanetLab control framework within Cluster B onto the DRAGON test-bed, a physical DWDM and Layer 2 network deployment of open-source GMPLS control plane software development and the deployment of that control plane software over other networks;
  1. Enabling backbone connections to resources of substrate components in Cluster B participants across Internet2 in support of end-to-end VLAN connections into the DRAGON test-bed;
  1. Making integrated (VLAN connections and control framework) DRAGON infrastructure available to external researchers by the end of Spiral 1;
  1. Representing/offering developed DRAGON technology to the various control frameworks selected in Spiral 1 through active participation in GECs and the appropriate working groups.

The diagram below depicts the Washington DC Metro Area DRAGON network footprint:

Washington DC Metro Area DRAGON network footprint

Each core DRAGON node can be further expanded as shown in the logical & physical diagrams below:

No image "typical_DRAGON_core_node_block_diagram.png" attached to Mid-Atlantic Crossroads Typical DRAGON core node (photo)


MilestoneDate("MAX: Extend DRAGON/GRMS"?
MAX: Purchase virtualization servers and connections completed
MAX: Integrate DRAGON/GRMS Due 5/1/09
MAX: Integrate DRAGON/GENI control framework Due 7/1/09
MAX: Make a working prototype Due 9/1/09
MAX: Delivery of preliminary design doc Due 9/1/09
MAX: Specific contribution to GENI outreach On-going

Project Technical Documents

Quarterly Status Reports

4Q08 Status Report
1Q09 Status Report

Recommended Reading

DRAGON Architecture:
DRAGON Network:
DRAGON Workshop materials and software:
Standards Documents used in DRAGON:

Those most relevent to the control plane work include:

RFC 2205, RFC 2328, RFC 2370, RFC 2702, RFC 3031, RFC 3209, RFC 3471, RFC 3473, RFC 3477, RFC 3630, RFC 3945, RFC 3946, RFC 4202, RFC 4203, RFC 4206, RFC 4990

Spiral 1 Connectivity

The list of MAX participant institutions that will have potential access to GENI for research experiments are included here: <>

These participants are homed into multiple PoP locations where MAX equipment has space agreements with universities, carriers, and participating partners.

PoP locations include: University of Maryland, College Park
USC ISI-East Arlington, VA
Qwest Eckington Place NE, Washington, DC
George Washington University
Level 3 Old Meadow Rd. Mclean, VA
6 St Paul Street Baltimore
660 Redwood Street Baltimore
Equinix 21715 Filigree Court Ashburn, VA

MAX is able to fully interconnect with NLR layers 1, 2, and 3. Peter O'Neil is the point of contact for NLR connectivity and Chris Tracy for Internet2.

Clarification is needed to address the current air gap of an Ethernet switch between the I2 10G port on the Infinera located at Mclean and the MAX infrastructure. MAX could connect the Infinera either directly to one of DRAGON's existing layer 2 switches, or if another switch is provided, we can connect DRAGON to that switch.

GPO Liaison System Engineer

Christopher Small

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