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Marionnet: networking for dummies
Overview of Marionnet, advantages towards different solutions, how it proved to be a necessary tool, how teaching networking has become less painful.
Marionnet is a virtual network laboratory: it allows users to define, configure and run complex computer networks without any need for physical setup. Only a single, possibly even non-networked GNU/Linux host machine is required to simulate a whole Ethernet network complete with computers, routers, hubs, switches, cables, and more. Support is also provided for integrating the virtual network with the physical host network.
As Marionnet is meant to be used also by inexperienced people, it features a very intuitive graphical user interface. Marionnet is written in the mostly functional language OCaml and depends on User Mode Linux and VDE for the simulation part.