Hello, my name is Ainsley-Aude Croteau and I am a Great Bay Community College student. I started at Great Bay because it was an affordable choice for me. College wasnt always an option that I had; I didnt consider it practical with what I earn or my lack of advantage with loans and grants. Ive always wanted to go to the University of New Hampshire (UNH), and was on my way there after high school when I realized it would be impossible to pay for. It felt like a door slammed in my face! The disappointment was discouraging. I took a couple semesters at Great Bay to get a head start before money came my way, but I just couldnt stand it. I couldnt figure out what I wanted to do with my life anymore, I didnt know if I was cut out for school. After realizing a four year college may never be in the plan for me, I just didnt feel motivated to continue trying.
In October, while attending Broadband World Forum 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands, I gained appreciation of the broadband industries desire for product interoperability. The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) was one of sixteen members that participated in the Broadband Forums , 'Interoperability: Opening the Door to Innovation'. As the Pavilion theme specifies, Interoperability was the big buzz for the show.
The IOL INTACT software is an automated protocol test tool designed and developed in-house by UNH-IOL. It supports many protocols above the Physical Layer, and is fully extensible, making the addition of new protocols easy. Support for BGP was recently added, and with it comes several architectural considerations allowing for straightforward use in script development.
BGP makes core routing decisions for the Internet. It is unique among routing protocols in that it runs over TCP/IP, which may lead one to believe that developing IOL INTACT test scripts for BGP would require implementation of TCP as well, adding significant complexity. However, thanks to the object-oriented design of IOL INTACT, the implementation is greatly simplified.
In recent years, UNH-IOL has expanded beyond just test services, and now offers several conformance test tools that members can use to replicate the UNH-IOL capability in their own labs. One example of this is the IOL INTERACT tool used for NVMe conformance testing. There are two versions of the IOL INTERACT tool, and we'll be discussing both of them.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the UNH-IOL, and the recent celebrations have put many of our longer-term employees in a nostalgic frame of mind. Ive only worked at the lab for a year, but in this short time I have formed my own warm feelings toward this organization.
When I was first hired, as a sophomore majoring in Computer Science, I didnt know about the seven core values of the UNH-IOL. I didnt even really know what went on at the lab; I was simply happy to secure a year-round job where I would learn things that were relevant to my degree.
People say "curiosity kills the cat," but so far it has done nothing but help me. I completely stumbled upon this internship, and with every new opportunity that presented itself, I found myself in a state of disbelief that I had been given the chance to take part in this experience. This internship is an opportunity like no other, and has been one of the most profound experiences I have had in my life to date. I've learned more than I could ever ask, and I now know exactly what I want to do with my future because I have experienced what that future could entail.