The first building blocks of the network that could replace the internet were laid this week.
The first prototype GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) core network nodes were installed in two Internet2 backbone sites, and are starting shakedown and trial operations, says the GENI organisation.
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GENI is a virtual laboratory funded by the US National Science Foundation for exploring future internets. The aim is to support large-scale experiments on shared, heterogeneous, highly instrumented infrastructure.
The nodes were deployed in McLean, Virginia, and Salt Lake City, Utah, and provide sliceable, programmable network elements for working end-to-end GENI prototypes.
Funders hope GENI will prompt and promote innovations in network science, security, technologies, services and applications.
The new GENI nodes enable OSI Layer 2 (physical addressing) network experiments.
The Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) consortium was the first outside organisation to connect to the new core nodes to support programmable connections up to 10Gbps for GENI researchers in Washington DC.
Photo courtesy of Chris Tracy, MAX
The nodes were created by the ProtoGENI team at the University of Utah and the Internet Scale Overlay Hosting team at Washington University in St Louis.