Investigating RINA as the next generation GEANT and NREN network architecture

Project Overview

Investigating RINA as the next generation GEANT and NREN network architecture logo

RINA is an emerging clean-slate programmable networking approach, centring on Inter-Process Communication (IPC) paradigm, which will support high scalability, multi-homing, built-in security, seamless access to real-time information and operation in dynamic environments. The heart of this networking structure is naturally formed and organised by blocks of containers called “Distributed IPC Facilities – DIFs” where each block has programmable functions to be attributed to as they required. A DIF is seen as an organizing structure, grouping together application processes that provide IPC services and are configured under the same policies. NRENs are in a unique position to pioneer a renaissance in networking, by becoming the incubators and initial operators of a new Internet.

The IRINA project aims to make a significant step in this direction, by

  1. raising the level of RINA awareness in the NREN community,
  2. showing that it is the best approach for the architecture of the next generation of the Internet,
  3. studying how RINA can best be applied in the NREN environment and
  4. showing a demo of the use-case study running a RINA prototype over the IRINA partners experimental facilities (interconnected by the NRENs and GEANT).

The IRINA project 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, specifically 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, considering 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.

The TSSG will contribute to the technical work on this project. In particular TSSG will lead the task on comparative analysis of clean-slate network architectures. The TSSG will also provide a test-bed to investigate the applicability of RINA as the next generation GEANT and NREN network architecture.




For more information on the IRINA project contact the project co-ordinator: Miguel Ponce de Leon on

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