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Daphne Siefert-Herron
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

IU awarded $500,000 to support next-generation network technology


January 30, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Two new grants to Indiana University from the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) will provide training for network administrators and a service desk for problem reporting and project coordination. Both initiatives will support GENI, a nationwide experimental network research infrastructure sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

GENI OpenFlow Training for Network Administrators will develop training materials to familiarize network engineers with OpenFlow, a powerful emerging network technology. OpenFlow opens the networking ecosystem to innovation, and has the potential to make tens of thousands of Ethernet switches on university campuses around the US and the world available as a platform for network research. IU's InCNTRE is leading network innovation by encouraging the adoption of technologies such as OpenFlow.

"OpenFlow is an exciting technology because it allows university researchers, students, and network engineers to collaborate and experiment with new ways to build and manage their networks," said Matt Davy, director of InCNTRE and chief network architect at IU. "GENI and OpenFlow have generated a lot of interest, and we're excited to be able to offer training to help other universities deploy GENI testbeds." Davy will lead the training project.

GENI Operations Service Desk Support will provide GENI researchers with a 24x7x365 help desk to serve as a single point of contact for reporting problems and providing project coordination and communications. The project is led by Marianne Chitwood, director of operations for Indiana's I-Light network and the Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) at Indiana University.

Chitwood said, "The highly active community of GENI experimenters requires a unified support contact for reporting trouble, as well as a mechanism to connect those GENI experimenters with the correct GENI operators to troubleshoot and repair any issues."

The service desk will build on the work of the IU GlobalNOC. As the first point of contact for reporting issues, it will work alongside other areas within the IU GlobalNOC to perform operational tasks such as emergency shutdown or isolation, and provide regular operational reports.

About GlobalNOC

The Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) at Indiana University is a premier provider of highly responsive network coordination, engineering, and installation services that support the advancement of research and education networking.

Supporting more than 18 state, regional, national, and international networks, the IU GlobalNOC is a provider of 24x7x365 expert support for the most advanced research networks. See