Prof. Matta awarded NSF grant for RINA project

Prof. Abraham Matta has been awarded a grant in support of his RINA project by NSF, through the GENI Program Office. The grant is entitled “Experimenting with Programmable Management Policies over GENI” and will provide more than $110K for his research. The proposed work is described below.

Our Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA) enables private (e.g., virtual or content delivery) networks to be dynamically instantiated, by customizing network management policies (e.g., authentication, routing, addressing, resource allocation) into a single layer, without the shortcomings of the TCP/IP architecture. For example, since our RINA layer identifies applications (services) by location-independent names, they can move, migrate, or be multi-homed; since we support explicit (authenticated) enrollment into the layer, communication through the layer is secure; and since layer services are recursively built, they can be better coordinated and managed.

This project builds on our initial experience running RINA experiments over GENI (the Global Environment for Network Innovations testbed) by testing a wider range of management and control policies. Our RINA prototype will be made available to the GENI community so that users can experiment with their own policies. These wide range of experiments should stress the GENI capabilities and provide an invaluable feedback to improve the experimental support environment of GENI, in addition to the research results from innovative policies that will be produced by the networking and distributed
systems communities.

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