PlanetLab was a global research network that supported the creation of new network services. Since first coming on-line in mid-2002, over 9,000 researchers at Universities and research labs around the world used PlanetLab to develop technologies for distributed storage, content distribution, peer-to-peer systems, distributed hash tables, query processing, and network telemetry. Read about PlanetLab's history and peruse a bibliography of enabled research. (This site is a static archive of the original PlanetLab web site.)

Farewell Post.

At its peak, PlanetLab consisted of 1353 nodes at 717 sites spanning 48 countries.

PlanetLab node distribution

Other Available Testbeds: MeasurementLab, EdgeNet.

PlanetLab History

  • March 2002: Larry Peterson (Princeton) and David Culler (UC Berkeley and Intel Research) organize an "underground" meeting of researchers interested in planetary-scale network services, and propose PlanetLab as a community testbed. The meeting, hosted by Intel Research - Berkeley, draws 30 researchers from MIT, Washington, Rice, Berkeley, Princeton, Columbia, Duke, CMU, and Utah. David Tennenhouse (Intel Research) agrees to seed-fund the project with 100 machines.

  • June 2002: Brent Chun and Timothy Roscoe (Intel Research),