In another milestone, ESnet’s testbed was dispatched to its more permanent home at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The testbed, part of LBL’s $62 million ARRA-funded Advanced Networking Initiative, was established so researchers could experiment and push the limits of network technologies. A number of researchers have taken advantage of its capabilities so far, and we are collecting proposals for new projects.
We handled the painstaking shut down and packing procedures. We verified the internal wiring and the structural integrity of the hosts. We dealt with the intricacies of IP addressing. The testbed will be reassembled and open for new research projects in a couple of weeks. Note to Brookhaven: We meticulously counted every last screw and packed them all in plastic baggies.