PlanetLab: An overlay testbed for broad-coverage services

Brent Chun, David Culler, Timothy Roscoe, Andy Bavier, Larry Peterson, Mike Wawrzoniak, Mic Bowman

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PlanetLab is a global overlay network for developing and accessing broad-coverage network services. Our goal is to grow to 1000 geographically distributed nodes, connected by a diverse collection of links. PlanetLab allows multiple services to run concurrently and continuously, each in its own slice of PlanetLab. This paper describes our initial implementation of PlanetLab, including the mechanisms used to implement virtualization, and the collection of core services used to manage PlanetLab.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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