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04/30/2015

Future Internet: the LISP-Lab project deploys an international experimentation platform

The current architecture of the Internet is based on the TCP/IP protocol suite. To address the future needs of scalability of the Internet and the exponential development of new services, current Internet architecture must be improved. Among proposed approaches, LISP architecture is emerging as a promising solution. LISP (Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol) designates a new architecture and a set of protocols for implementing new address semantics to set up the Future Internet. The LISP-Lab project has endeavoured to speed up the development of this solution and is implementing and deploying a large-scale experimentation platform. As of today, this platform is already operational and freely open to anyone interested in conducting large-scale experiments using LISP architecture and its associated protocols.

A disruptive technology

Resulting from the work of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), "an informal international group that is behind the majority of the new Internet standards", this solution allows the identification needs of the communication end-points to be separated from the identification of the intermediate transmission (routing) points. One of the main difficulties associated with the current Internet architecture is that IP manages these two aspects concomitantly. The development of LISP should, thanks to this separation, enable the current growth of the Internet to be efficiently managed while at the same time simplifying the deployment of new disruptive services.

To facilitate and speed up the development of LISP technology, a large-scale experimental platform has been deployed as part of the LISP-Lab project. Currently distributed over fifteen sites in France and abroad (Asia, North America and South America), this infrastructure has been, since February 2015, open freely to the entire academic and industrial community that wishes to conduct large-scale experiments. This platform allows not only the assessment of this technology but also experimentation in the creation, deployment and use of new services.

The LISP-Lab project at present contributes to the IETF's work to standardise the LISP protocol and maintains an open source project of implementation of the LISP protocol called OpenLISP.

A partnership between academics, industry and public interest groups

Funded by ANR under the 2013 edition of the INFRA research funding programme (“Hardware and software infrastructures for the digital society”), the LISP-Lab project is coordinated by the LIP6 Laboratory of the Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC) - Paris 6. It brings together six industrial partners: the telephone operator Orange, five SMEs in the field of the Internet, cloud computing and mobile access networks – Alphalink, Border 6, Non Stop Systems, Ucopia Communications, Rezopole and the GIP (public interest grouping) Renater which provides the high-performance network connectivity, along with two academic partners, namely Télécom ParisTech and UPMC.

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