Investigating RINA as the next generation GEANT and NREN network architecture

Started at: 24-10-2013
Ends on: 31-03-2015

Areas: RINA


IRINA proposes Multi-Gigabit European Research and Education Network and Associated Services.
The prevalent TCP/IP network architecture has been applied in a variety of situations it was never designed for.
A new architecture that better supports distributed computing and effectively exploits the raw transmission capacity of the physical media is required. IRINA proposes to study the use of RINA, the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture, as the foundation of the next generation NREN and GEANT network architectures.
IRINA targets the following goals:

  • To make a comparative study of RINA against the current networking state of the art and the most relevant clean-slate architectures under research, specially focusing on the particular requirements of the research-networking environment.
  • To perform a use-case study of how RINA could be better used in the NREN scenario, considerin different deployment options, and illustrating the benefits that RINA can bring in terms of multi-homing, mobility, quality of service, programmability, virtualization and network management.
  • To showcase a lab trial of the use-case study, utilizing a customized version of the RINA prototype being developed by the FP7 IRATI project, and the experimental facilities contributed by the project partners.
  • To involve the NREN and GEANT community in the different steps of the project, in order to discuss the project approach, the findings and to get valuable feedback. The organization of a network architectures workshop in cooperation with GN3+ JRA1 will be a key instrument to achieve this objective.

Estimated Impact

The members of the IRINA consortium have a long track of successful experiences in network architecture research, both from the theoretical and experimental viewpoints. In particular, all the project partners are key
members in the research and development of the RINA architecture. Participation in G3+ will allow IRINA partners to expose the NREN and GEANT community to the great potential of RINA, particularly in enabling a
full unification of distributed computing and networking.