This free hands-on workshop provides cyberinfrastructure (CI) engineers with an introduction to tools and techniques for the design, implementation, and monitoring of high-throughput networks and science demilitarized zones (Science DMZs). Each attendee will have full control of equipment pods emulating internetworks and tools (see figures below) to learn and test TCP-related issues, perfSONAR nodes distributed across networks, and Bro-based Intrusion Detection.


By the end of this workshop, attendees will:

Tools and TCP:

  • Use tools and techniques for measuring performance
  • Test Linux systems on emulated Wide Area Networks (WANs)
  • Measure the performance of different TCP congestion control algorithms (Reno, HTCP, BBR) on high-throughput (10 Gbps) high-latency (varying parameters) networks
  • Measure the impact of parallel streams and maximum segment size (MSS) on throughput


  • Describe Bro operations
  • Manage and automate Bro instances
  • Instrument Bro for network forensics


  • Describe the operation of perfSONAR and use perfSONAR GUI to configure regular tests
  • Analyze perfSONAR results on a variety of scenarios with injected packet loss and latency
  • Use pScheduler’s CLI to schedule tests
  • Visualize measurement data using MaDDash
  • Understand and use the psConfig Web Administrator (PWA) to host groups and tests

Lodging Information

The closest hotel to the workshop site is Courtyard Marriot (630 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/caecd-courtyard-columbia-downtown-at-usc/"), 5-minute walking distance. Another option includes The Inn at USC (1619 Pendleton St, Columbia, SC 29201, http://www.innatusc.com ), which provides shuttle services to campus.

Intended Audience

The audience of this workshop includes IT educators, IT professionals, CI Engineers, High-Performance computing specialists, research systems administrators, security professionals.

Award Information

This activity is supported by NSF award 1829698: CyberTraining CIP: Cyberinfrastructure Expertise on High-throughput Networks for Big Science Data Transfers.
Link to Official Webpage: NSF-1829698


Attendees are required to bring their own laptops.


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Virtual Laboratory (vLabs) Experiments

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