Getting started with GENI: A user tutorial

Jonathon Duerig, Robert Ricci, Leigh Stoller, Matt Strum, Gary Wong, Charles Carpenter, Zongming Fei, James Griffioen, Hussamuddin Nasir, Jeremy Reed, Xiongqi Wu

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GENI, the Global Environment for Network Innovations, is a National Science Foundation project to create a "virtual laboratory at the frontiers of network science and engineering for exploring future internets at scale." It provides researchers, educators, and students with resources that they can use to build their own networks that span the country and-through federation-the world. GENI enables experimenters to try out bold new network architectures and designs for networked systems, and to deploy and evaluate these systems on a diverse set of resources over a large footprint. This tutorial is a starting point for running experiments on GENI. It provides an overview of GENI and covers the process of creating a network and running a simple experiment using two tools: the Flack GUI and the INSTOOLS instrumentation service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-77
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • GENI
  • Instrumentation
  • Testbed
  • Virtualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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