:: Infrastructure for Resilient Internet Systems
A far-reaching joint research project to develop a secure, decentralized Internet infrastructure
that is resistant to failure and attack has been awarded with $12 Million by the NSF. Today's
traditional client-server approach to distributed systems suffers from significant security and
scalability problems when hosting complex applications over wide area networks. The Iris project
adopts a very different approach, aiming to use distributed hash table (DHT) technology to develop
a robust common framework and infrastructure for distributed applications without creating central
points of vulnerability. The secure networks that emerge from this project will streamline distributed
application programming and offset development expenses.
Acting as the cornerstone of the new robust shared infrastructure, DHT technology will securely
orchestrate data retrieval and computation on open-ended large-scale networks such as the Internet,
even when the individual nodes on the network are insecure or unreliable. The underlying network
will also be self-configuring, allowing the addition and removal of nodes without manual oversight
while also automatically balancing excess loads across the network. The desired end- result is
a large reliable distributed system composed of inexpensive and unreliable components.
"A peer-to-peer approach to distributed systems has gained momentum in recent years because
it offers scalability and robustness, but a lot of critical research problems remain," says
Professor Victor Zue, Director of the MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science. "With some
of the best minds in this community collaborating and with sustained support from NSF, significant
advances will undoubtedly be made." The Iris project includes a multidisciplinary team of
researchers from fields including networking, algorithms, security, systems, and databases.
Students at each of the participating institutions will be encouraged to join the DHT testbed.
The group hopes to build upon student interest in P2P technologies to create the mission-critical
distributed applications of the future. >from *MIT,
Berkeley, ICSI, NYU, and Rice launch the IRIS Project*, september 25,2002
> CodeCon 2002 ::
p2p and cripto programming. february 21, 2002
> distributed computing
projects @home. december 18, 2000