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Award Abstract #1229553

MRI: Development of a Testbed for Overlay Network Research and Education

Division Of Computer and Network Systems
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Initial Amendment Date: September 4, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: September 4, 2012
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Award Number: 1229553
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Rita V. Rodriguez
CNS Division Of Computer and Network Systems
CSE Direct For Computer & Info Scie & Enginr
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Start Date: September 1, 2012
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End Date: August 31, 2015 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $400,000.00
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Investigator(s): Patrick Crowley pcrowley@wustl.edu (Principal Investigator)
Jonathan Turner (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Washington University
SAINT LOUIS, MO 63130-4899 (314)747-4134
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Program Reference Code(s): 1189
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Program Element Code(s): 1714


Proposal #: 12-29553

PI(s): Crowley, Patrick; Turner, Jonathan S

Institution: Washington University

Title: MRI/Dev.: A Testbed for Overlay Network Research and Education

Project Proposed:

This project, developing an instrument for experiments used in a controllable, high-performance and experimental overlay network research and education, enables researchers to experiment with overlay network algorithms, protocols (peer-to-peer, novel Internet architectures) and understand workloads in great details including cost coming from routers, switches and servers in a safe manner. Building upon and leveraging an existing Internet-accessible community resource, the Open Network Lab (ONL, www.onl.wustl.edu), it adds high performance components that can be configured and extended to support a wide range of controlled and repeatable experimental computer networking projects. Through the integration of additional switches and servers and the addition of platform-level server virtualization, this instrument extends the function of ONL by expanding the available physical resources in ONL by a factor of two and, via server virtualization, expanding the effective virtual resources by a factor of approximately eight. The enabled research ranges from future Internet architectures, overlay networks, to peer-to-peer systems.

Broader Impacts:

The proposed instrument can greatly impact the research in future Internet. The instrument is likely to have significant broader impact on undergraduate and graduate education, as well as contribute in attracting more students to careers in science and engineering, thus increasing their participation.


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Haowei Yuan and Patrick Crowley. "Reliably Scalable Name Prefix Lookup," 11th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communication Systems (ANCS 2015), 2015.

Haowei Yuan and Patrick Crowley. "Scalable Pending Interest Table design: From Principles to Practice," Proceedings of the 33rd IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2014), 2014.

Tian Song, Haowei Yuan, Patrick Crowley, Beichuan Zhang. "Scalable Name-Based Packet Forwarding: From Millions to Billions," 2nd ACM Conference on Information-Centric Networking (ICN 2015), 2015.

Wenliang Fu, Hila Ben Abraham, Patrick Crowley. "Synchronizing Namespaces with Invertible Bloom Filters," The 11th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communication Systems (ANCS 2015), 2015.

Wenliang Fu, Hila Ben Abraham and Patrick Crowley. "iSync: A High Performance and Scalable Data Synchronization Protocol for Named Data Networking," 1st ACM Conference on Information-Centric Networking (ICN '14), 2014.


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