The ever-increasing growth of the Internet, accelerated by the massive deployment of mobile data services and other bandwidth-greedy services like IPTV, the deployment of new services based on the cloud computing paradigm, and the ubiquitous use of multi-homing and enhanced traffic engineering, has lately raised issues leading to an increasing concern on the scalability of today’s Internet architecture. These issues are mostly due to the use of a single numbering space, namely the IP addressing space, for both host transport sessions identification and network routing.

Based on the separation of the end-systems’ addressing space (the identifiers) and the routing locators’ space, the Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP) started as a research effort in the Routing Research Group but made its way to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), becoming a very attractive technology for Future Internet Architecture. LISP can indeed be used to accommodate the perceived Internet growth, while facilitating the deployment of new services.

In such a context, the design and operation of LISP networks naturally encourages the need for a large scale flexible platform that would not only facilitate the development of disruptive research in the area of advanced IP forwarding paradigms, but would also ease the prototyping of new LISP-based services.

The LISP-Lab platform provides the environment to perform high quality research and support the design, development, and thorough assessment of new services and use-cases. The range of technical experimentations that can be run over the LISP-Lab platform range from cloud networking, to access technology, through inter-domain connectivity, traffic engineering, and mapping management.

The LISP-Lab platform is multi-party in its very nature, being the collaborative result of an experimental project funded by the ANR from 2013 to 2017 (see here for more details) composed of academic institutions, public interest groups and industrial partners. The LISP-Lab consortium was and still is a main actor in driving future evolution of the LISP standardization, with strong impact on the networking industry and the Internet ecosystem at large.

Interested parties are be invited to join the LISP-Lab platform in the aim of creating a long lasting effort going beyond this specific project call and beyond national borders, creating the seeds for a bigger and even more advanced international collaboration.


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