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Network testbed creation and validation

United States Patent

9,628,339
April 18, 2017
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Embodiments of network testbed creation and validation processes are described herein. A "network testbed" is a replicated environment used to validate a target network or an aspect of its design. Embodiments describe a network testbed that comprises virtual testbed nodes executed via a plurality of physical infrastructure nodes. The virtual testbed nodes utilize these hardware resources as a network "fabric," thereby enabling rapid configuration and reconfiguration of the virtual testbed nodes without requiring reconfiguration of the physical infrastructure nodes. Thus, in contrast to prior art solutions which require a tester manually build an emulated environment of physically connected network devices, embodiments receive or derive a target network description and build out a replica of this description using virtual testbed nodes executed via the physical infrastructure nodes. This process allows for the creation of very large (e.g., tens of thousands of network elements) and/or very topologically complex test networks.
Thai; Tan Q. (Albuquerque, NM), Urias; Vincent (Albuquerque, NM), Van Leeuwen; Brian P. (Albuquerque, NM), Watts; Kristopher K. (Idaho Falls, ID), Sweeney; Andrew John (Brooklyn, NY)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
15/ 359,416
November 22, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was developed with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.