The Integrated Distributed Virtual Research Network: An Introduction

Report No. ARL-TR-6677
Authors: Colleen Adams
Date/Pages: June 2014; 28 pages
Abstract: The Integrated Distributed Virtual Research Network (IDVRN) is the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Network. It provides ARL researchers and their remote external partners the capabilities to collaboratively conduct research within secure virtual enclaves. Research may include use of hardware and/or software resources that could not be used on ARL's enterprise network due to Information Assurance restrictions. A secure research enclave and its authorized membership can be established in a timely, cost-efficient manner. This interim report provides an introduction to IDVRN and the capabilities it provides. A background section describes the progression from the recognition of need in the mid-2000s to the current state. An overview of IDVRN's operational environment is provided, and the types of external connections allowed are described. The process for establishing an enclave is outlined. Responsibilities of the various ARL entities involved with IDVRN are defined.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2014