MAGPI Is Key Partner in ION Dynamic Network Deployment

The Internet2 Inter-Operability Network (ION) has the capability of creating dynamically allocated circuits across many parts of the globe.  On March 3rd  at 9:45 AM EDT, the WINLAB at the Rutgers University Technology Center made the first ever ION connection to AARNet and NICTA in Australia. These two research organizations are at the core of the GENI Cluster E group and are focusing on wireless and mobile networking testbeds and experimentation.  The connection used a 1 Gigabit wave service from the Rutgers Technology Center supplied by NJEDge, the new Jersey State Research and Education Network, to MAGPI’s ION facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For this initial test, a 200 Mbps circuit was established for a period of 9 days 8 hours and 15 minutes, and has been recently tested at the full Gigabit capacity.

This circuit was used to connect two testbeds ( and on two continents and enable successful federation of experiment control. Ivan Seskar, Associate Director for Information Technology at WINLAB said, "This type of Layer 2 connectivity is a crucial enabler for the new research that breaks traditional layering barriers that are present in today's Internet. ION will also be part of the core of the "meso-scale" GENI deployments that are about to emerge from the Spiral 2 projects. One of the first larger scale experiments that we are planning to do is to deploy WiMAX basestations at multiple campuses around the country and use ION to stitch them together". In Australia, Ivan Phillips, Infrastructure Specialist for AARNET, the research and education network for Australia had this to say, “This connection is a significant first for Australia. We now have the ability to dynamically book circuits across the globe with a moment’s notice across the ION network. Researchers like NICTA and others can now easily and quickly create linkages to distance labs and facilities and the drop of a hat, removing the lead time in accessing high bandwidth international links. This linkage clearly shows that research networks, like AARNet, are able to drive the capability for future network development in Australia.”

Within MAGPI, Shumon Huque has been working with Dale Finkelson and the ION team at Internet2 to make this a stable environment for MAGPI members. “We are separating the ION traffic from the Internet2 IP traffic to enable such projects as GENI to have a clear path for their experiments.  We expect the demand to increase dramatically over the next 6-8 months when other members begin to take advantage of this unique service," said Greg Palmer, MAGPI Executive Director.

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