ITTC Project

GpENI: Great Plains Environment for Network Innovation

Project Award Date: 09-01-2008


ITTC will lead regional deployment of network infrastructure to support interdisciplinary research and development of future Internet architectures. Researchers at KU, in collaboration with Kansas State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, are recipients of a three-year $462,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Great Plains Environment for Network Innovation (GpENI) is part of the larger NSF GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) program.

Industrial collaborators include Ciena, whose optical switching and transport platforms will interconnect the GpENI institutions, and Qwest whose fiber is part of the GpENI infrastructure. When implemented, the GpENI infrastructure will be able to support provisioning of bandwidth slices with an advanced programmable architecture, a network foundation to serve as a proving ground for advancement of the GENI objectives.

GpENI is one of only two regional networks funded through Spiral 1 of the NSF GENI program, which is a suite of experimental network research infrastructures that will support a wide range of network science and engineering experiments, including research on future Internet design. All infrastructures are envisioned to be shared among a large number of individual, simultaneous experiments with extensive instrumentation that makes it easy to collect, analyze and share real measurements. GENI prototyping will be conducted using a "spiral development" approach. Simultaneous development and trials enable rapid feedback to help guide evolving designs. Spiral 1 focuses on ways to discover, schedule and control resources for large-scale research experiments and to measure GENI capabilities. Successive spirals will refine and extend the GENI suite in response to the research communitys evolving interests in network science and engineering.

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Faculty Investigator(s): James Sterbenz (PI), Joseph Evans, Rongqing Hui, Gary Minden

Student Investigator(s): Abdul Jabbar Mohammad, Justin Rohrer, Yufei Cheng, Peter Adany, Egemen Cetinkaya, Dongsheng Zhang

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): National Science Foundation

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The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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