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Requirements for Wholesale Opt-In

Matt Mathis, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center


This document outlines requirements for a strong wholesale opt-in mechanism for GENI. When fully deployed it would permit GENI experimenters to request that ISPs redirect traffic from a huge population of innocent users through GENI infrastructure. These users are innocent in the sense that they do not have to do anything at all to participate, and might not even be aware that they are doing so. Key to wholesale opt-in is that it fully engages the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process and that all participants are motivated by their own self interests to do the right thing. It does not require "selling" GENI to application developers or anybody other than network researchers.

Since the ISPs bear a disproportionate share of the risk with this technique, the ISPs are granted additional controls, implemented in an "ISP Daemon" that serve to isolate the ISPs' critical core routers from GENI.

When this approach is fully mature we expect it to be sufficiently robust where NSF might include GENI opt-in language in research solicitations across the entire foundation. This could bring as much traffic to GENI as is currently carried in aggregate by all of today's production research and education backbones.


This is version 0.3. I am accepting comments and suggestions.

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