GENI Experimenters Workshop (June 29-30, 2010)

Nassau Inn, Princeton, NJ

Description | Reading | Schedule | Logistics | Organizers | Attendees


The GENI infrastructure is fast becoming mature enough to support major networking research experiments. Getting an initial set of researchers running experiments on GENI is crucial to the success of the GENI initiative. The initial set of researchers accessing the infrastructure will have a unique opportunity to demonstrate their research ideas at scale, and under realistic conditions, leading to new experimental results and influential research publications. The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in running experiments on GENI to attend talks and tutorials on the GENI control framework and the current resources available on GENI. We have invited 28 researcher-student pairs to the workshop, based on white papers describing the experiments they wish to conduct. In addition to meeting the designers of different parts of GENI, the attendees will also meet representatives from NSF and from the GENI Project Office, which will be helpful in exploring whether their experiments would be a useful demonstration of the GENI infrastructure. The workshop is expected to lead to future projects and requests for NSF funding, to conduct these experiments on the GENI infrastructure.

Reading List

To prepare for the workshop, we have a short reading list describing the GENI facility and its components:
The talks at the workshop will assume that attendees have already read these two write-ups.


Unless otherwise specified, events take place in the Prince William Ballroom.

Tuesday (June 29, 2010)

Wednesday (June 30, 2010)



The workshop will take place at the
Nassau Inn in Princeton, New Jersey. To book a room call 1-800-862-7728. Ask for group #14327 or "GENI workshop" with a credit card; please use the group ID or the group name when you make your reservation, as we are responsible for the room block costs if the rooms are not filled. We have a room block for the nights of Monday June 28 and Tuesday June 29. Remember to bring photo ID for check in. Cancellation is up to 3pm, 24 hours prior to arrival, to avoid one night room and tax charge.


The two closest airports are Newark Airport (EWR) and Philadelphia Airport (PHL), each about an hour from Princeton. The closest Amtrak station is nine miles away in Trenton, New Jersey. From Trenton and Newark, you can take New Jersey Transit to the Princeton Junction station, and then take a $15 cab to the hotel or take the small "Dinky" train to the Princeton station. (If you wish to take the Dinky train, buy a ticket to "Princeton" rather than "Princeton Junction," and change trains at Princeton Junction.) From Philadelphia, you can take a Septa train to Trenton, and then NJ Transit from Trenton to Princeton Junction or Princeton. The same Trenton station serves Amtrak, NJ Transit, and Septa. Another option from the airports is Olympic shuttle, which does pick-up and drop-off directly at the Nassau Inn. There is a Princeton University rate at their website. Renting a car is another option. The Nassau Inn has a parking lot at $14/day.


Travel, meals, and lodging costs for the workshop are covered by an NSF travel grant. Please let us know if you expect your costs to exceed $1400 per person (including hotel). All flights must be booked with a U.S. flagship carrier airlines in order to receive reimbursement for the expense; ask your travel agent or airline customer service representative if your flight will qualify if in doubt. Please keep all receipts (including boarding passes) and submit this form to Mitra Kelly ( after your trip. Please consult these instructions for timely reimbursement of your travel expenses.


Workshop Co-Chairs

Workshop Committee

Many thanks to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for providing the funding for this workshop.

Attendees and Presentation Times

From 9-11am on Wednesday June 30, each of the two-person teams has a ten-minute time slot to give a short presentation and have discussion with representatives from NSF and the GPO.

Presentations in the Library Room

Aaron Falk (GPO), Suzi Iacono (NSF), and Larry Landweber (NSF) will meet with research teams in the Library room at the following times:

Presentations in the Nassau A/B Room

Mark Berman (GPO), Darleen Fisher (NSF), and Victor Frost (NSF) will meet with research teams in the Nassau A/B room at the following times:

Observers Attending the Workshop