1st International Conference on Integrated Internet Ad hoc and Sensor Networks

Research Article

A global X-bone for network experiments

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/TRIDNT.2005.2,
        author={Joseph D.  Touch and Yu-Shun  Wang and Venkata  Pingali and Lars  Eggert and Runfang  Zhou and Gregory G.  Finn},
        title={A global X-bone for network experiments},
        proceedings={1st International Conference on Integrated Internet Ad hoc and Sensor Networks},
  • Joseph D. Touch
    Yu-Shun Wang
    Venkata Pingali
    Lars Eggert
    Runfang Zhou
    Gregory G. Finn
    Year: 2005
    A global X-bone for network experiments
    DOI: 10.1109/TRIDNT.2005.2
Joseph D. Touch1,*, Yu-Shun Wang1,*, Venkata Pingali1,*, Lars Eggert2,*, Runfang Zhou1,*, Gregory G. Finn1,*
  • 1: USC/ISI
  • 2: NEC Labs
*Contact email: touch@isi.edu, yushunwa@isi.edu, pingali@isi.edu, lars.eggert@netlab.nec.de, rzhou@isi.edu, finn@isi.edu


A global Internet overlay testbed is being deployed to support the distributed, shared use of resources for network research. The Global X-Bone (GX-Bone) augments the X-Bone software system, enhancing its coordination mechanisms to support deployment of local overlays to world-wide, shared infrastructure. The GX-Bone is based on the X-Bone's Virtual Internet Architecture which extends the Internet for both concurrent, parallel and recursive overlays and provides decentralized, automated deployment and management. GX-Bone supports host visualization through the NetFS file system, granting individual users compartmentalized access and control of host and router configuration and the DataRouter extension to IP loose source routing that supports application control of network-layer forwarding. GX-Bone can be installed on user-modified kernels, uniquely supporting both conventional kernel-level protocol development and coordinated global infrastructure sharing.