Merit Network was founded by research faculty, and research remains the wellspring of innovation today. Our statewide network is an ideal laboratory and test bed for new Internet technologies and services.
Merit’s Research and Development (Merit R & D) team collaborates with researchers in academia and industry within Michigan and nationwide. Led by Dr. William J. “Joe” Adams, Merit’s R & D program aims at performing ground-breaking research that would benefit Merit’s Members, Michigan and the society. The group currently focuses on Internet measurements that provide insights into the evolution of the Internet and the adoption of new protocols, on network security, and on the development of tools that can help network operators better monitor and secure their networks.
Some of the historically significant contributions of Merit’s R & D to the networking community include (i) the development and deployment of the world’s largest public registry of Internet data, Merit RADb, (ii) the leadership role in the GateD Consortium that provided a platform for designing and testing new network routing protocols, and (iii) the pioneering work of distributed dial-in and AAA mechanisms. Other notable past research projects include the Internet Performance Measurement and Analysis (IPMA) project that helped lay the foundation for Internet data collection and statistical analysis (in collaboration with the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) and the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research (NLANR), the Flamingo visualization tools, and the BGPTables Web-based toolset for analysis of routing data.