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Virtual Networking Lab (VNL): Its Concepts and Implementation

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1133.1 - 6.1133.10

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Willis Marti

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Wei Zhao

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Steve Liu

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In this paper, we present the architecture and design for a Virtual Networking Lab (VNL) that is being developed for hands-on exercises in network engineering curricula at Texas A&M University. The objective of the VNL is to create a remotely accessible environment for students to obtain hands-on networking experiences. Isolation provides for wide scope networking training without compromising operational campus networks and enhances the desirability of remote access. The facility is designed to support fine- grained, detailed instrumentation and experiments on real networking equipment. VNL architecture consists of two major foundations: Access/Resource Management Servers, (ARMS), for management of remote users and test bed resources; and the Micro-Internet Test Bed, (MITB), for execution of experiments and exercises. ARMS safeguards full and secure access of VNL equipment through the Internet, supports efficient equipment management and provides a structure for pedagogical aid. One of several planned environments, MITB is a small, yet complete inter-networking structure based on the real-world Internet architecture.

Marti, W., & Zhao, W., & Liu, S. (2001, June), Virtual Networking Lab (VNL): Its Concepts and Implementation Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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