Based on the separation of the end-systems’ addressing space (the identifiers) and the routing locators’ space, the Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP) started as a research effort in the Routing Research Group but made its way to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), becoming a very attractive technology for Future Internet Architecture. LISP can indeed be used to accommodate the perceived Internet growth, while facilitating the deployment of new services.
In such a context, the design and operation of LISP networks naturally encourages the need for a large scale flexible platform that would not only facilitate the development of disruptive research in the area of advanced IP forwarding paradigms, but would also ease the prototyping of new LISP-based services.
The LISP-Lab project aims at building an open platform, based on the LISP architecture, providing the environment to perform high quality research and support the design, development, and thorough assessment of new services and use-cases. The range of technical tasks planned in the LISP-Lab project, from cloud networking, to access technology, through inter-domain connectivity, traffic engineering, and mapping management, has a larger scope than the LISP beta network, boosting innovation beyond the LISP technology itself.
The LISP-Lab platform will be multi-party in its very nature, being the collaborative result of a first
class consortium composed of academic institutions (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, TélécomParisTech), public interest groups (RENATER, Rezopole) and industrial partners (Border6,
AlphaLink, NonStopSystems, Orange, Ucopia). The LISP-Lab project aims at
becoming a main actor in driving future evolution of the LISP standardization, with strong impact
on the networking industry and the Internet ecosystem at large.
Interested external parties will be invited to join the LISP-Lab platform in the aim of creating a long lasting effort going beyond this specific project call and beyond national borders, creating the seeds for a bigger and even more advanced international collaboration.