Smart communities have many different network providers, often sharing underground conduits or telephone poles. Their proximity cannot be closer in many cases. Unfortunately, in order for one network to send traffic to the other, providers often much connect through a third party or must send their nearby city to exchange traffic. Further, a network may fail, and there is no alternative for the end user other than to wait for their provider to fix the failure. In order to improve reliability, we introduce the MetroSDX network design with leads to better network resiliency through "roaming on the wire" and lower inter-network latency by interconnecting networks opportunistically all over the city.
The Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center (GT-RNOC) exists to accelerate innovation in networking, computing, mobility and convergence by enabling communities of collaboration. GT-RNOC provides, supports and maintains a unique end-to-end infrastructure within a realistic operational setting, accessible to world class students, researchers and innovators from various disciplines across the many Georgia Tech research centers.
GT-RNOC leverages the unique position of Georgia Tech as a pre-eminent network and network service hub in the state, the region and increasingly in the world. It provides researchers with access to this unique network infrastructure. It provides network administrators and service providers with an invaluable tool for developing and testing new management solutions in a cutting edge environment. Industry members of GT-RNOC include leaders in wireless, telecom, and cable, plus equipment, application, and content providers.