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11-24-2014

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

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

Yaoqing LiuA panel of instructors earlier this fall shared their experiences using Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), a nationwide suite of infrastructure that provides support for research in networking, distributed systems, security and novel applications. Supported by the National Science Foundation, GENI is available without charge for research and classroom use.

Liu said a lot of network ideas currently are difficult to use in hands-on experiments because, locally, students have different levels of administrative privileges. GENI allows experimenters to network with other locations around the world to share and implement ideas.

"If we go to this GENI environment, students can set up their own working machine and get the full administrative privileges to play around with ideas," he said.

Students can work with an advisor to set up a free account with GENI, and the advisor then allocates resources to the students, Liu said. This gives researchers and educators the opportunity to explain to students the implementation details on how to set up infrastructure for research or education purposes.

"GENI enables them to work on ideas not only for the current network, but also for future internet infrastructure ideas," he said.

Researchers and teachers on the panel shared both positive and negative feedback on using the GENI platform in the classroom so far. Liu, along with Zongming Fei of University of Kentucky, John Geske of Kettering University, Deniz Gurkan of University of Houston, Derek Meyer of University of Wisconsin and Rob Ricci of University of Utah, participated in the panel discussion.

Liu said he has received several positive comments from students who appreciate the hands-on and practical experiences with GENI.

"We are using this test bed for education, but in the future I'm planning on integrating my research ideas into GENI," he said. "This is a very powerful and helpful platform for either faculty or students."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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