As part of a broader organisational restructure, data networking research at Swinburne University of Technology has moved from the Centre for Advanced Internet Architecture (CAIA) to the Internet For Things (I4T) Research Lab.

Although CAIA no longer exists, this website reflects CAIA's activities and outputs between March 2002 and February 2017, and is being maintained as a service to the broader data networking research community.

CAIA Facilities

If you are curious, here are some 'quick stats' about the facilities available to staff and students associated with CAIA. Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

**** Information below on this page is suffering from bit-rot, and does not properly represent the state of CAIA in 2010.

Staff workstation(s)
A mixture of.....

  • Dell Optiplex 260, 2 GHz P4, 512MB RAM, 40GB drive, 17" screen, dual-boot Windows XP and FreeBSD/KDE
  • Dell Optiplex 270, 2.8 GHz P4,512MB RAM, 80GB drive, 17" screen, dual-boot Windows XP and FreeBSD/KDE
  • Dell Optiplex 280, 3 GHz P4,512MB RAM, 80GB drive, 17" screen, dual-boot Windows XP and FreeBSD/KDE
  • Compaq EVO 500, 1.6 GHz P4, 40GB drive, 512MB RAM, 17" screen, dual-boot Windows XP and FreeBSD/KDE
  • (other, better, configurations as funds and research needs allow....)

Operating Systems

Staff desktop environment

  • Each staff and post-grad student desk has a four-channel KVM (e.g. Server Link Infinity)
  • Each staff and post-grad student desk has a 5-port consumer-grade ethernet switch (e.g. Alloy 5 port switches)
  • Additional head-less PCs as needed for experimental work

Broadband Test Gear (BART project)

  • Ten CISCO Cable Modems (UBR900 series), ten CISCO ADSL Modems (800 series)
  • CISCO CMTS: UBR 7100 series

Wireless Networking

  • Two CISCO Aironet 1200 series Wireless Access Points, Four CISCO Aironet Wireless Adapters (802.11a/b)
  • Linksys Wireless Router, 2.4 Ghz 802.11b


  • Assorted 5-port and 8-port 100Mbit/sec consumer-grade ethernet switches for experimental testbeds. (e.g. Alloy 5 port switches)
  • CISCO Catalyst 3550 series 24 port switch
  • CISCO Catalyst 2900 series 24 port switch
  • Arrow Point Layer 4 switch, 24 port
  • 3 CISCO Lightstream 1010 Series, with various modules such as single and multimode fibre.
  • 2 CISCO Catalyst 5505 Series, with route module and 24 port line card.

Game Testing (GENIUS Project and SITCRC SONG/ANGEL projects)

  • Nvidia Geforce 6600's (AGPx8 , 256 MB),
  • 8 copies of Quake III Arena (PC), 6 copies of Half Life:Counter Strike (PC), 9 copies of Half Life 2 (PC), 6 copies of Quake IV (PC)
  • 3 Microsoft XBoxes, 10 Controllers, 3 copies of Halo (Xbox), 3 copies of Halo 2 (Xbox)
  • 2 x 52cm Televisions

Primary compute/NFS/Samba servers

  • Three Dell PE650 1U  rack-mount servers (Dual 250GB drives, RAID 1, 2GB RAM, 2.66GHz P4s)
  • Two AMD-64 3U rack-mount servers (each with 8 x 500GB SATA-II drives, RAID-5 for 3.5Tbyte raw and 2.8TByte partitioned capacity)


Other experimental/test gear
  • (borrowed as needed) Smartbits SMB-2000 dedicated traffic generator/monitor, with four SX-7410B 10/100baseT programmable interface cards
  • Various 'white box' PCs (2.4GHz and higher, Celerons and P4s, 256MB-1GB RAM, 40GB+ drives as needed)
  • Various VIA EPIA ESP-5000 and 8000 mini-ITX motherboards for experiments
  • Various "Unitron" machines (800Mhz PIII, 20GB drive, 128MB+ RAM, Intel motherboards)
General Networking
  • Swinburne ITS support a general, widely accessible 1 Gbit/sec, VLAN and VoIP capable Ethernet around our lab and Swinburne campus.
  • Our own IPv4 network space (Four /24 nets: 136.186.228/24 is for Telecomms academic staff, 136.186.229/24 is for CAIA research staff and post-grad students, 136.186.230/24 is for RULE, 136.186.231/24 is presently a 'darknet'.)
  • 7960-series CISCO IP Phones
Secure Lab Access
  • Staff using hosts outside Swinburne's intranet can telecommute using industry-standard ssh or Swinburne's VPN solution.


Last Updated: Friday 21-May-2010 16:59:02 AEST | Maintained by: Grenville Armitage ( | Authorised by: Grenville Armitage (