The FINS framework: An open source userspace networking subsystem for linux

Michael Thompson, Abdallah Abdallah, Jonathan Reed, Allen MacKenzie, Luiz Dasilva

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This article provides an overview of the Flexible InterNetworking Stack (FINS) Framework, an open source userspace networking subsystem for Linux. The goal of the FINS Framework is to facilitate experimentation in wireless networking research by simplifying the tasks of implementing, deploying, and testing networking protocols and ideas. This is accomplished by moving networking functionality into userspace to avoid numerous challenges associated with implementing ideas in the Linux kernel. In addition to simplifying coding, the framework is designed to run on Android mobile devices to enable truly mobile wireless networking experiments. Details of the framework's architecture and implementation are included, as well as baseline performance results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6915437
Pages (from-to)32-37
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Network
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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