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Clarkson University Professor Leads Panel Discussion on Virtual Laboratory Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Computer Science Yaoqing Liu led a National Science Foundation-sponsored education panel on a virtual laboratory for networking in education and research in November.

Yaoqing LiuThe education panel gathered in San Francisco for the Global Environment for Network Innovations at the Network Innovators Community Event (GENI NICE) to discuss how to utilize GENI in both education and research.

GENI is a virtual lab environment for networking and distributed systems research and education. Supported by the National Science Foundation, GENI is available without charge for research and classroom use.

Liu said Clarkson students have been using GENI since 2013 as a test bed to conduct their research related to network systems, such as cyber security experiments. He said about 10 graduate students and 80 undergraduate students have used GENI to date, and he encourages other students to get involved.

"Hopefully more students will take advantage of this opportunity to use this test bed for their degree and their career," he said.

This semester, a survey was conducted to collect feedback from educators on their experiences using the virtual laboratory. The National Science Foundation will use these comments and suggestions to further develop GENI.

"We summarized what we have found in terms of potential issues," Liu said. "For example, they might have reliability issues and other times they might have to wait longer for a response, but we also get a lot of good feedback."

Learn more about GENI at .

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