Interoperability between Ultra High-Speed Networks and traditional IP Networks (SmartNIC)

Period of Performance: 01/01/2006 - 12/31/2006


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

RNET Technologies, Inc.
240 West Elmwood Dr Suite 2010
Dayton, OH 45459
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


Emerging, large-scale distributed-science applications increasingly depend on ultra-high-speed lambda-based networks to securely deliver end-to-end throughputs of 10-100 gigabits per second. However, in order to achieve high levels of end-to-end performance, it will be necessary to match the performance of these ultra-high-speed networks to traditional ¿slow¿ Internet Protocol networks. This project will develop a solution to overcome this mismatch problem. Phase I proved feasibility by conducting a simulation that used a previously-developed middleware and networking software stack. It was determined that, in order to be effective in the real world, the middleware and the networking software stack must be off-loaded to a network interface card. Therefore, in Phase II, the required software infrastructure will be developed to off-load the networking software stack to a network interface card, which would serve as a bridge between the ultra-high speed lambda networks and traditional internet protocol networks. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The bridging technology should benefit scientists in both national laboratories and universities who are working on large-scale simulation problems and have a need for on-time delivery of large amount of data. The simulations include computational climate modeling, nano-scale science (both experimental and computational), and high energy physics