Mininet is a network emulator for creating virtual networks. The nodes that it spins up are isolated in network namespaces and use real kernel instances(shared kernel space) all in one host OS. So you have a full blown network up and running on top of a single Linux kernel.
The goal of the project is to enable creation of XIA networks and configuration of XIA nodes using Mininet.
Put in other words, the Mininet APIs should allow configuration of the XIA nodes and creation of complex topologies. The proposal throws more light on how I plan to use the existing Mininet APIs and create new ones to configure the hosts using XIA specific parameters.