With its worldwide unique real traffic testing, NBL has grown to a staff of 25 full-time engineers and 15 graduate students. It is 1/3 supported by government projects and 2/3 supported by industrial customers.
NBL was founded in 2002. It started as a customized testing service provider from 2002, grew to be a test solution/tool provider from 2005, and added the world-wide unique RealFlow real traffic testing from 2007. It has served over 100 companies, tested over 600 products, grown to a staff of 25 full-time engineers plus 20 students, and has been 2/3-supported by industry and 1/3 by government agencies. Positioning itself as a real traffic test lab, NBL has also developed its research roadmap along the beta site, packet trace library, In-Lab Live Testing, malware sample database, etc. It established the first “on campus beta site”, where potential defects could be detected earlier from “live” traffic at the beta site or from “replayed” traffic at NBL than at customer premises.
Compared to the other test labs that depend solely on artificial traffic generated by test tools, NBL's approach to using life and replayed real traffic, labeled RealFlow, is world-wide unique. Based on the local significance established in the first decade, NBL has a very good chance to establish its global significance in the next decade