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FABRIC: A National-Scale Programmable Experimental Network Infrastructure

  • Author(s): Baldin, I
  • Nikolich, A
  • Griffioen, J
  • Monga, IIS
  • Wang, KC
  • Lehman, T
  • Ruth, P
  • Deelman, E
  • et al.
Abstract

FABRIC is a unique national research infrastructure to enable cutting-edge and exploratory research at-scale in networking, cybersecurity, distributed computing and storage systems, machine learning, and science applications. It is an everywhere-programmable nationwide instrument comprised of novel extensible network elements equipped with large amounts of compute and storage, interconnected by high speed, dedicated optical links. It will connect a number of specialized testbeds for cloud research (NSF Cloud testbeds CloudLab and Chameleon), for research beyond 5G technologies (Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research or PAWR), as well as production high-performance computing facilities and science instruments to create a rich fabric for a wide variety of experimental activities.

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