Overlay network architectures for peer-to-peer Remote Access Laboratories

Kist, Alexander A. and Maiti, Ananda and Maxwell, Andrew D. and Orwin, Lindy and Midgley, Warren and Noble, Karen and Ting, Wu (2014) Overlay network architectures for peer-to-peer Remote Access Laboratories. In: 11th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV 2014), 26-28 Feb 2014, Porto, Portugal.


Remote Access Laboratories are been used for practical learning activities in engineering education in the universities worldwide. Usually these systems follow a centralised client-server paradigm. This work proposes a peer-to-peer remote access laboratory architecture where participants are both users of experiments as well as makers. The feasibility of a peer-to-peer remote laboratories system is investigated. The system is built around a VPN service that allows direct access to makers' node from user nodes. To simplify the configuration a preconfigured VPN gateway node is introduced. This box is a network router that handles authentication, port forwarding and allocation of address space. The Remote Access Laboratories for fun, innovation and education (RALfie) project is a collaborative research and innovation project with the aim to engage children in STEM topics involving academics from engineering and education disciplines. In the context of RALfie, a prototype system has been developed and trial has been undertaken to establish whether children understand the RAL concept and to test their ability to configure remote experiments on their own. A brief summary trial results for the prototype implementation are reported.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015 03:06
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 02:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: STEM, peer-to-peer, remote access laboratories, remote laboratories
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27355

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