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What is MAGGIE?

MAGGIE - Measurement and Analysis of the Global Grid and Internet End-to-End Performance - is a collaborative research initiative by the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) USA and NUST Institute of Information Technology (NIIT)Pakistan. It involves students and professionals from both sides working on various development and research issues related to network monitoring.

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)

SLAC is one of the world's leading research laboratories. Established in 1962 at Stanford University in Menlo Park, California, their mission is to design, construct and operate state-of-the-art electron accelerators and related experimental facilities for use in high-energy physics and synchrotron radiation research. They are enriched by over 3,000 visiting scientists from universities, laboratories and industrial concerns from the U.S. and foreign countries.

We collaborate with the Scientific Computing and Computing Services (SCCS)Group which is dedicated to providing leadership and support in computing and communications to the laboratory as a whole, and to physics research, in particular. We at NUST/NIIT have foused our collaboration with respect to the network performance endeavours of IEPM and PingER.

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)

NUST was established by the Government of Pakistan in 1991 for the promotion of higher scientific education in the country, especially in the field of sciences and technology, by providing stable and disciplined academic environment together with a need based research, pertinent to our industrial requirements. Besides covering a wide variety of engineering disciplines, NUST has expanded its scope to include information technology, medical and management sciences as well.

NUST, particularly NIIT has developed linkages with international universities of repute to ensure two way flow of knowledge and to avoid stagnation. Split programmes and visit of eminent professors from reputed foreign universities of UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Singapore, China and Canada to NUST is a regular feature of immense significance.


The motivation behind the project is the need for better and more integrated Network Performance Measurement and Monitoring, considering the increasing amount of computing and networking power in the scientific research community. Its purpose is to integrate numerous network and application performance monitoring tools into a scalable and secure infrastructure providing measurements, analysis and access to data. Most of the monitoring tools being developed, derive their data from the PingER project.

Some of the projects undertaken in this regard include:

- Automatic Network Anomaly Quantification
- Topological Analysis and Visualization of Network Performance
- Integration of the SmokePing and PingER monitoring tools
- Creation of a web-based infrastructure for PingER management
- A software for creating high-level summary plots of PingER data
- PingER Visualization
- IP Geo Location using Triangulation
- Network Weather Forecasting


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