Innovating with Integrity and IntelligenceMerit Network's Research Department focuses on network and security research, using Merit's advanced fiber-optic network and the Internet2 Network as the platform for innovative research. Led by William "Joe" Adams, Merit's research program is performing ground-breaking work that can benefit Michigan, Merit's Members, and others.
Cyber security and protecting the nation's network infrastructure is becoming a vital concern, and Merit Network is initiating a major project, the Michigan Cyber Range, to help cyber security professionals prepare for real-world situations. Like a test track or a firing range, the Michigan Cyber Range will enable individuals and organizations to conduct "live fire" exercises, simulations that will test the detection and reaction skills of participants in a variety of situations.
For over 45 years, Merit has been at the forefront of network research. Merit staff have participated in the development and research of routing standards, network protocols, network topology visualization, and network measurement tools. Significant projects include the:
- Internet Performance Measurement and Analysis (IPMA)
- Routing Arbiter
- North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG)
- Route Server Next Generation
- Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI)
- Protected Repository for the Defense of Infrastructure against Cyber Threats (PREDICT)
- US Ignite
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