DARPA funded proof of concept speeds up cloud provisioning

Summary:The aim of DARPA's CORONET project, which included IBM, AT&T, Applied Communications Sciences and others, was to create technology that could string together cloud networks on the fly to keep the Internet and government running.

IBM, AT&T and Applied Communication Sciences on Tuesday will outline proof-of-concept that could network together clouds with sub-second provisioning under a DARPA funded program.

DARPA's CORONET program launched in 2007 with the goal of ensuring cloud networks survived multiple system-wide failures. The aim of CORONET was to create technology that could string together cloud networks on the fly to keep the Internet and government running.

A secondary goal of CORONET was to commercialize the technology, which was developed with scientists from IBM, AT&T and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS). If commercialized, the technology would give enterprises the opportunity to rapidly reconfigure terabit networks and automate provisioning and orchestration of data centers.


AT&T developed the networking architecture for the proof of concept via bandwidth on demand technologies and advanced routing. IBM delivered the cloud platform and data center orchestration technologies and ACS focused in network management and optical-layer routing within the architecture. Other equipment players such as Juniper and Ciena were also involved with the project.

Among other items:

  • The proof-of-concept technology was developed on OpenStack.
  • AT&T's software defined networking and wide area networking orchestrator routes connection requests across various network layers.
  • Clouds were set up in as little as 40 seconds.

Topics: Cloud, Data Centers, Networking


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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