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SatelliteLab: Adding Heterogeneity to Planetary-Scale Network Testbeds
SatelliteLab is a network testbed that allows researchers to study the characteristics of the Internet, and to test and evaluate new distributed systems. Unlike other testbeds, anyone can contribute to SatelliteLab by hosting a satellite, e.g., on a home machine, workstation, PDA, or cellphone. Satellites use their machine's spare network capacity to exchange probe packets with other testbed nodes, but they do not run any third-party code. Thus, there is little security or privacy risk in running a satellite.
If you would like to learn more about SatelliteLab, please have a look at our publications; we have a paper that explains in detail how SatelliteLab works. SatelliteLab is part of the Internet Access Networks project, which is hosted by MPI-SWS.
Would you like to contribute a satellite?
Contributing resources to a SatelliteLab experiment is easy - all you need to do is install the satellite software on your computer. We are offering easy-to-install packages for several operating systems. Please choose your operating system below:
Would you like to run an experiment on SatelliteLab?
If you have a new distributed system that you would like to evaluate using SatelliteLab, here is what you need to do:
Unless your software uses raw network I/O or a non-standard socket library, your experiment should now be ready to go - you do not need to modify the code or compile a special binary. Generally, if your experiment works on PlanetLab, it should also work on SatelliteLab. For more information, please have a look at the documentation and at the SatelliteLab paper.