The Network Science Research Laboratory
The Network Science Research Laboratory is comprised of a suite of hardware and software that models the operation of mobile networked device RF links through emulation - not merely simulation. The NSRL enables experimental validation or falsification of theoretical models, and characterization of protocols and algorithms for mobile wireless networks. The Lab is used for a range of experiments, from assessing in-network aggregation of network information for detecting cyber threats, to characterizing the impact of communications disruption on perceived trust and quality of information metrics delivered to Soldiers in tactical mobile environments. Unlike other experimentation facilities for research in wireless networks, NSRL is focused on Army-unique requirements such as hybrid networks and extensive modeling of ground and urban effects on communications. The NSRL supports investigation of traditional wireless networking challenges as well as more general network science research issues. The NSRL's emulation environment is result of collaborative efforts between ARL and NRL.
NSRL RDENet capability is a vital link to our collaboration partners, providing information sharing and research integration opportunities not previously available to researchers. RDENet enables external researchers to remotely access the NSRL and enables the NSRL to connect to other ARL experimental labs and devices. RDENet currently connects the NSRL to sensors located throughout the ALC campus, and integrates those sensors with current research programs supporting the Soldier. The NSRL is also connected to High Performance Computing resources located at APG to extend wireless emulation, supporting research in the area of hybrid network models.
Network Science Research Laboratory Framework
The NSRL provides a controlled, repeatable emulation environment for the research, as well as development, and evaluation of network and information assurance algorithms for tactical wireless mobile ad hoc networks. Using NSRL's capabilities researchers can:
- Model link and physical layer connectivity in real-time
- Implement actual network protocols and application software (mimics real-world mobile, wireless network systems )
- Provide event-driven control and logging facilities
- Use Distributed architecture
- Have a subset of larger ARL network science enterprise which includes MNMI, HPC, and RDENet Enclaves