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Interoperability Lab



The Lab design is based on a five-island configuration: Internet Protocol (IP), Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Legacy, Optical Networking and Wireless. These networking islands encompass all the possible base telecommunications technologies and include a Photonic Lab in which students, faculty, equipment manufacturers, and network operators can reliably test new theories and methodologies without impacting production networks and facilities. Within the lab, we are developing base methodologies for testing between heterogeneous networks, network application testing and configuration, plus a myriad of other design and security related projects.

  • IP-Islands - Cabletron, Cisco, Entrasys, Foundry
  • GigE (SM, MM)
  • 100BaseT
  • 10BaseT
  • R11 (Telephone set)
  • ATM Island - Cabletron, Cisco, Riverstone, Stratacom
  • ATM OC3 (MM)
  • ATM DS1, DS-3
  • Frame Relay DS1
  • Circuit Emulation DS1
  • Interconnection
  • Optical (MM, SM)
  • Wired (CAT5, CAT5E, CAT6)
  • Legacy Island - Lucent, Nortel
  • Nortel DMS-10
  • Nortel Meridian PBX
  • Carrier Access TDM
  • Optics-Island - Ciena K2, Lucent WaveStar OLS-40G, DACSII, Notrel OC192
  • Optical DWDM Link Simulators
  • Optical DWDM Net Simulators
  • DS0, DS1, DS3, OC3 (SM, MM), OC12 (SM), OC192 (SM, OLS), NextGen
  • SONET/SDH, Gig-E, 10Gig-E
  • Photonics Lab
  • Component Level Research
  • Wireless Island - Cisco, TeraBeam
  • GigE (FSO)
  • OC3 (FSO)
  • 802.11x

Major Research Capabilities and Instruments



Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP)
Research Goals and Objectiv

Interoperability Testing of VoIP protocols and equipment
Develop - Applications over VoIP
Evaluate - CODEC Performance | Networks and Protocols | QoS, NAT | implications
Test - VoIP over wireless | Traffic volume impacts

Legacy Time Division Switches
Research Goals and Objectives

Interoperability Testing of VoIP protocols and equipment
Develop - Test techniques
Evaluate - Evaluate SS7 capabilities
Test - Interoperability

Optical Test Bed
Research Goals and Objectiv

Net dynamic traffic balancing and reconfiguration
Net protection (link, node, service)
Physical layer studies and security
Fault management (link, node, service)

Network Topologies
Research Goals and Objectives

Develop - Mesh Ring topologies
Integrate - with FSO and wireless
Evaluate - Traffic, switching, protection
Test - Efficiency and performance

Photonics Area
Research Goals and Objectives

Photonic devices, components, and sub-systems for optical communications and information processing.
Develop - Free-space optical communications
Advanced display technologies, analog fiber optics for avionics applications, and optical security techniques.
Evaluate - Effects of optical interference on free-space optical communications
Suitability of wavelength-division-multiplexing techniques for high-bandwidth analog signal transmission.
Test - RF & optical spectrum analysis; optical polarization analysis; optical power measurement; waveform analysis