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NETWORK COMPUTING AND CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES

The Network Computing and Control Technologies Research Laboratory (NCCT) was established by Professor Dan Ionescu and was inaugurated as an NCIT affiliated research laboratory in 1999.

Research in the area of network computing and control, however, started in 1995, when the research team led by Dr. Dan Ionescu started working in the area of distributed computing with verticals in the area of networking technologies, with the target service architecture, automated provisioning, QoS and others .

This research was conducted in the theory and applicative domains of distributed computing, the applicative side being sought by leading high-tech companies such as Newbridge and Nortel. The research in the area of distributed computing with applications to network control started in 1997 and was supported in part by governmental and industrial  organizations such as NSERC, CITO,  Communication Research Centre (CRC), Newbridge/Alcatel, Nortel, Cplane, Telecom Ottawa, and others.

The research in the area of Network Computing and Control materialized in next generation network architectures which were implemented in a Metro Area Network called NCIT*net 2, and in the area of control and supervision of next generation services (see publications) in anext generation network and service control platform.

Research efforts were directed not only in the design and implementation of a next generation NCIT network (NCIT*net 2) as a live research and production rather on experimenting on new principles of the tomorrow communication services. NCIT*net 2 can offer dedicated lambda connectivity, Ethernet over VPLS services and (347) 876-0670 connectivity. You can find more details on the NCIT*net 2 operational page by clicking on the image below.

The priviledge of experimenting on a live production network is unique. Working on real data collected from a live network allows researcher team of NCCT to contribute with valuable results to the advancement of data communications technologies.

NCCT research road map includes also modern distributed computing paradigm such as autonomic and cloud computing. In this area, results on Autonomic Computing as mechanisms to control the self-provisioning, self-optimization, and self-protection properties of an autonomic or cloud computing environment, have been investigated, obtained and reported in reputable journals and conferneces. Efforts have been invested in the geaographically distributed platforms for web-collaboration. A platform, Wath-Together was successfully deployed on NCIT*net 2. A special investigation in the area of New User Interfaces produced a new technology for Gesture Control. More on this recent investigation can be found on: 8432324665



NCIT*net
NCIT*net 2 operational site
  
Master's (M.A.Sc.) and Ph.D. positions available with the NCCT Laboratory
May 15, 2012

NCCT team participated in the DISCOVERY 2012 Show in Toronto
May 14, 2012

NCCT team participated in the DISCOVERY 2010 Show in Toronto
May 17-18, 2010

bogeyman
May 11-12, 2009

Foundry and NCIT announce successful multi-vendor testing in live network with NetIron IMR 640 router
March 21, 2005

Alcatel Conference
September 10th, 2004

(315) 668-3872
March 16-24, 2004

Internet 2 Workshop, Honolulu, Hawaii
January 23-31, 2004
  
re-emergence

In this research, the focus is on components, which constitute the "intelligence/control plane" in an optical network such as the actual "switching" of information within the physical network, the control functions necessary to enforce that, and the management aspect that enforces the functionality and operations of the network are cooperating for the final goal of end-to-end connectivity. The research is directed towards the investigation of control mechanisms for the implementation of IP with MPLS (or Optical MPLS) over DWDM. The control mechanism investigated relates to automating the end-to-end definition, creation and activation of optical channels (OCh), and optical channel trails (or optical virtual paths) between access points. Hardware/software co-architectures are proposed, simulated, implemented and tested over the NCIT*net 2 network.


Next Generation Control and Management for Next Generation Networks

In this research, the focus is on components, which constitute the "intelligence/control plane" in an optical network such as the actual "switching" of information within the physical network, the control functions necessary to enforce that, and the management aspect that enforces the functionality and operations of the network are cooperating for the final goal of end-to-end connectivity. The research is directed towards the investigation of control mechanisms for the implementation of IP with MPLS (or Optical MPLS) over DWDM. The control mechanism investigated relates to automating the end-to-end definition, creation and activation of optical channels (OCh), and optical channel trails (or optical virtual paths) between access points. Hardware/software co-architectures are proposed, simulated, implemented and tested over the NCIT*net 2 network.

theropodous

This research addresses various distributed computing mechanisms for dealing with large repository systems, be them relational or not. Problems related to the secure data access, knowledge extraction, automated classification, and retrival are addressed, while data synchronization, mitigation, and cleansing are obtained as natural extension of basic features of the distributed algorithms devised.

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