Why use GTS? - Archive Information
When developing new large-scale systems, particularly distributed systems, it is essential to be able to prototype them on a platform that accurately mimics the real-world. However doing this on live production networks can be extremely risky or give results that are dependant on other users of the network. Therefore researchers need a platform that is dedicated to their project.
The design, engineering, contracting, purchasing, deployment, and operation of a “facilities based” network is an enormous effort. GTS eliminated almost all of these distractions to the actual research. Indeed, with GTS even a small research program can easily be up and running - performing relevant mission oriented research - almost immediately upon award rather than suffering through months of ramp up time and overhead unrelated to the program’s research objectives.