Sandia National Labs Academic Alliance Collaboration Report 2020-2021


On November 8, 2019, Purdue CERIAS partnered with Sandia to develop SOL4CE (Scalable Open Lab for Cyber Experimentation), a cyber range providing Purdue faculty, students, and collaborators with a safe and relevant place to explore the cyber world via experimentation. SOL4CE will be a broad area of cybersecurity research that will make use of Purdue’s digital nuclear reactor, the only such facility in the United States. Zach Benz and Bei Bei Chen from Sandia Emulytics leadership were critical in bringing this laboratory to fruition. The new laboratory is a mirror of the facilities already within Sandia that served as the platform for joint CERIAS and DOE research since 2017. Theresa Mayer, executive vice president for research and partnerships at Purdue said, “The opening of SOL4CE at Purdue allows us to increase both the speed and impact of our national security research collaboration with Sandia.”

The term ‘emulytics’ was coined to represent the new lab’s capability in providing high-fidelity emulation and large- scale analysis in a safeguarded virtual environment. SOL4CE leverages minimega, an open-source toolset developed by Sandia for various cybersecurity research and education needs.

Joel Rasmus, CER IAS managing director, noted, “SOL4CE brings cyber emulation and analysis capabilities to Purdue that until now were only

available in a handful of classified laboratories around the world, and only came about after a long history of delivering impactful research to the DOE. We’re grateful for their [Sandia’s] long collaborative support, for placing this asset at Purdue, and for allowing other industry and commercial partners to collaborate with our faculty in the new SOL4CE

Pictured: Sandia’s Vince Urias gives a tutorial on SOL4CE at the Purdue campus.


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