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Project Abstract

The purpose of the DRAGON project is to create dynamic, deterministic, and manageable end-to-end network transport services for high-end e-Science applications. This service capability will build on the success and reach of the IP infrastructure, and will complement it with deterministic end-to-end multi-protocol services spanning multiple administrative domains and a variety of conventional campus network technologies. Initial focus is on dynamic control and provisioning of lambda paths.

DRAGON will develop the necessary software components to address unresolved IP control plane issues as well as a host of practical end system issues in order to provide rapid provisioning of inter-domain services with associated authentication, authorization, accounting, scheduling, and end system instantiation.

The project includes collaboration with specific e-Science applications and facilities that will be adapted to and directly benefit from the experimental infrastructure. The electronic-Very Long Baseline Interferometry (e-VLBI) project from MIT Haystack Observatory will utilize the experimental network to acquire and correlate radio-telescope data in real time as a pilot to demonstrate effective coordination of multiple remote instruments. USC/ISI East, University of Maryland Visualization and Presentation Lab, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will collaborate to use DRAGON resources as part of ongoing efforts to integrate interactive uncompressed HDTV conferencing and remote 3D visualizations.

This project is a collaboration of Mid-Atlantic Crossroads, University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute, George Mason University, University of Maryland, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory. Movaz Networks will be a key partner by providing GMPLS enabled wavelength selective switches for the core as well as particpating in research activities.

The project will instantiate a GMPLS capable optical core network in the Washington D.C metropolitan area.

Sponsor and Participating Organizations

The DRAGON project is funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the Shared Cyberinfrastructure Division (SCI) Experimental Infrastructure Network (EIN) program. DRAGON is a collaborative research project between the following organizations/principal investigators:

  • Tom Lehman, University of Southern California (USC) Information Sciences Institute (ISI)

  • Dr. Bijan Jabbari, George Mason University (GMU)

The following organizations are also working as collaborators and partners on the DRAGON project:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Haystack Observatory
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
  • United States Naval Observatory (USNO)
  • NCSA Alliance Center for Collaboration, Education, Science, and Software (ACCESS)
  • Movaz Networks


Topic revision: r5 - 2014-04-07 - XiYang
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