Dr. Vicraj (Vic) Thomas
The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) [www.geni.net] is a suite of research infrastructure components rapidly taking shape in prototype form across the US. GENI is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation and is free to use for research and education.
GENI is being used by over 1200 researchers and educators. It enables them to run large-scale, well-instrumented, end-to-end experiments engaging real users. These experiments may be fully compatible with today’s Internet, variations or improvements on today’s Internet protocols, or indeed radically novel “clean slate” designs.
This talk will provide an overview of GENI and will include a live demonstration of setting up and running an experiment on GENI.
Dr. Vicraj (Vic) Thomas is a Scientific Director at BBN Technologies and leads the Experimenter Support and Advocacy group within the GENI Project Office. This group ensures GENI experimenters get the help they need from documentation and support mailing lists; runs GENI tutorials at conferences and workshops; and works with GENI developers to improve its usability.
Dr. Thomas’ research interests lie in the areas of distributed and fault-tolerant systems. He was the Industrial Lead for the sensor networks research area within the US-UK International Technology Alliance (ITA) program on Network Science; the PI for DARPA NEST and Ultra*Log projects; a systems architect on the NASA C3I network for the Orion program; and the software lead on a NIST sponsored project that developed a distributed collaboration system for operators of large petro-chemical plants.