Sub-Internet As a Test Environment

By Deane Barker on September 15, 2003

Test bed helps the Internet evolve: The Internet has a dev environment, it turns out.

“The project sponsored by Intel Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co., as well as many universities, is currently running on more than 160 machines at 65 sites worldwide.

‘PlanetLab is a wonderful resource. Because it is in the real world, we can try things properly on a global scale,’ John Crowcroft of the University of Cambridge told CNN.

‘We can try things that are very prototypical and go continually wrong without the worry of disturbing real users until we are ready,’ he adds.”

Want to give your new worm a test run?

“Anyone who wants to use PlanetLab for developing code simply has to donate a computer — known as a node — to the network, thus increasing its capability.”