ITTC Project

A Large-Scale Internetwork Supporting High Speed Distributed Storage, Processing, and Applications - MAGIC II

Project Award Date: 1996


The current MAGIC Gigabit Testbed (MAGIC-I) has demonstrated a high-speed, wide-area IP/ATM testbed that supports a real-time terrain visualization application and a high-speed, distributed storage system. The MAGIC-II effort extends that environment by connecting the MAGIC-I testbed to other wide-area IP/ATM testbeds and adding a variety of capabilities that enable large-scale, distributed information systems.

MAGIC-II has two major inter-related goals:

(a) to develop a proof-of-concept visualization application that demonstrates the utility and capabilities of distributed processing and network-based storage coupled with high-speed networks, and

(b) to create a very large internetwork with many end-users to provide a realistic test environment for ATM technology and for the above application.

The MAGIC-II application is based on a general paradigm in which high-performance computing, storage, and communications are used to provide rapid access to large collections of data that have to be quickly processed and delivered to an end-user. Applications that use this paradigm arise in a variety of situations, including military operations, intelligence imagery analysis, and natural disaster response. These applications share a requirement for access to large amounts of data, the exact type, location, and ownership of which may not be known in advance. They also require a large amount of processing to transform data into useful information, which may have to be delivered to mobile end users. KU will incorporate a wireless component into the MAGIC-II testbed, which will demonstrate mobile access to broadband services. MAGIC-II will provide an environment for experimenting with mobile wireless access to broadband services. The MAGIC visualization application will be designed to operate with the user interface on a wireless node.

A challenge for large-scale distributed information systems is the need to compute and communicate independent of a wired connection to the broadband infrastructure. Users on the move or in remote locations will require access to the distributed information systems over a wireless link. A major component of the MAGIC-II program is the development, implementation, and demonstration of a wired/wireless internetwork that can scale. This is being accomplished by integrating the wireless ATM networking elements being developed at KU into the MAGIC-II internetwork. Thus the MAGIC-II provides an environment for experimenting with mobile wireless access to broadband services. Further, the MAGIC visualization applications are being designed to operate with the user interface on a wireless node. This process will create a large scale wired/wireless internetwork testbed.

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Faculty Investigator(s): Victor Frost (PI), Joseph Evans, Douglas Niehaus

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): Sprint Corp., Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

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