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FABRIC is Adaptive Programmable Research Infrastructure for Computer Science and Science Applications

FABRIC is a unique national research infrastructure to enable cutting-edge and exploratory research at-scale in networking, cybersecurity, distributed computing and storage systems, machine learning, and science applications.

It is an everywhere programmable nationwide instrument comprised of novel extensible network elements equipped with large amounts of compute and storage, interconnected by high speed, dedicated optical links. It will connect a number of specialized testbeds (5G/IoT PAWR, NSF Clouds) and high-performance computing facilities to create a rich fabric for a wide variety of experimental activities.

Enables New Internet and Science Applications

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We are in the process of finalizing facility designs, deployment plans, and acceptance procedures.

We plan to begin hardware prototyping and software implementation in January 2020.


You can make an impact on FABRIC! As FABRIC is in its very beginning stages, we would love the chance to collaborate with you and the community.

Have interest or wisdom to share? Join the community!


FABRIC is supported in part by a Mid-Scale RI-1 NSF award under Grant No. 1935966.

Anticipated FABRIC Topology

Development Timeline

Year 01
Year 02
Year 03
Year 04

10/01/2019 - 09/30/2020

Finalize node and topology designs and deployment plans, collect community feedback. Design and begin implementation of control and measurement software. Prototype and test different FABRIC nodes.

FABRIC Contributors

FABRIC Core Team

  • Ilya BaldinRENCI
  • Anita NikolichIllinois Tech
  • Paul RuthRENCI
  • Jim GriffioenUK
  • KC WangClemson
  • Inder MongaLBNL
  • Tom LehmanVirnao

Science/Design Drivers

  • Malathi VeeraraghavanUVA
  • Alex AfanasievFIU
  • Russ ClarkGeorgia Tech
  • Phil PorrasStanford SRI

Facility Partners

  • Rob RicciCloudLab@University of Utah
  • Kobus van der MerwePowder@University of Utah
  • Kate KeaheyChameleon@University of Chicago/ANL
  • Glenn RicartUS Ignite
  • Julio IbarraAMPATH@FIU
  • Thomas DeFantiPRP@UCSD
  • Ethan Katz-BassettPEERING@Columbia
  • Ivan SeskarCOSMOS@Rutgers
  • Barr von OehsenERN@Rutgers
  • Dan StanzioneTACC
  • John TownsNCSA
  • David WheelerNCSA
  • Matt ZekauskasInternet2


FABRIC is made possible by collaborations with the following organizations.