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Project Title

Prototype GENI Multi-Services Network Exchange

Technical Contacts

PI: Joe J Mambretti j-mambretti at
Co-PI: Jim Hao Chen jim-chen at

Participating Organizations

International Center for Advanced Internet Research(iCAIR)/Northwestern University

GPO Liaison System Engineer

Heidi Dempsey hpd at


This project will provide an implementation of the key software and hardware components of a layer 2 SDN/OpenFlow exchange between GENI layer 2 network resources and other research networks. Provide tools for experimenters to request and receive resources from the exchange that are fully integrated with GENI standard interfaces such as the GENI clearinghouse, the GENI AM API, GENI stitching AMs, and the GENI Commercial Software Defined Exchange Point. Integrate provided GENI tools with experimenter tools from other participating networks. Demonstrate one functioning exchange with at least two research network partners, two data-intensive science campuses, and multiple experimenters on multiple participating layer 2 networks. Publish an API as an option for third party integration with the functioning exchange (taking into consideration that such entities may have there own methods for integeration). Deploy two additional exchanges, based on the revised initial implementation.

Current Capabilities


  • S6.a Complete and review design for layer 2 SDN/OpenFlow research exchange with GENI community (March 31, 2014)
  • S6.b Develop prototype implementation and operations tools with working interfaces to GENI rack resources and APIs. (March 31, 2014)
  • S6.c Add experimenter tools (including controller) to prototype implementation (June 30, 2014]
  • S6.d Test services, software and hardware implementations with other GENI AMs, GENI stitching and one prototype exchange research network (not a GENI network) (June 30, 2014)
  • S6.e Dry run GEC21 demonstration of the integrated exchange (September 30, 2014) (GEC21 is planned for Oct 21-23)
  • S6.f Begin operating exchange with selected early integration partners (September 30, 2014)

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