INSTOOLS Portal

INSTOOLS Portal Overview

What is it?

The  INSTOOLS Portal gives a graphical overview of an experiment and quick access to each node's measurements. Through the Portal you can:

  • see the experiment's topology
  • display measurement graphs for a node or link, updated in real time
  • access each node's Live View web page
  • access each node via VNC
  • create an Archive point
  • access Archived points

Quick Start

Use the  FLACK client to instrumentize your slice by pressing the "Instrumentize" button. Once the slice is instrumentized, press the "Go to Portal" button. You will automatically be redirected to and logged in to the portal.


The following method is deprecated and no longer recommended.

log on screen

  • Enter your slice information into the log on form.
    • User Name used to create the slice.
    • Certificate Issuer the certificate issuer (clearinghouse) associated with your User Name.
    • Slice Name name of slice to be shown.
    • Password password given when slice was instrumentized.
  • Click Map Slice button to see the mapped layout of the slice topology.

INSTOOLS Portal Interface

The Portal uses  Google Maps to display the network topology for the given slice. The main map components are:

  • Machine node displayed at it's geographical location. machine icon
  • Measurement Controller (MC) displayed at it's geographical location.
  • Links are displayed as lines connecting the nodes.
  • Menu displayed on the right along with Zoom and Centering controls for each machine node and MC. sample menu
  • Chosen Graphs will be displayed on the left. These are updated every 5 seconds. Mouse over them to enlarge. sample graph

Available Actions

sample menu

  • Top item is the Slice Name.
  • Logout to logout of the portal.
  • Make Archive displays the control to create an Archive point.
  • View Archive brings up the Instrumentation Tools Archive Site.
  • Overview resizes map to show all nodes.
  • Collapse All or Expand All expands or collapses nodes that are in the same geographic location. Expanded nodes are relocated so that they are all visible instead of collocated.
  • Node Name Each node is listed. Click on the magnifying glass to zoom in and center the node. Click on the name to just center the node on the screen.

Control forms

Clicking on a Machine Node, MC or Link line brings up a Control form

  • Machine Node checked machine control
    • Link to the node's Live View page (All Graphs).
    • Link to the node's VNC for access to the machine's Desktop (VNC).
    • A list of check boxes for showing the node's graphs. Checked graphs are shown to the left.
  • MC
  • Link
    • A list of check boxes for showing the link's graphs. Checked graphs are shown to the left.

Graphs

sample graph

To add a graph, open the control form for the node or link by clicking on it. Select the check boxes and the corresponding graphs will be shown on the left of the page. Mouseover a graph to enlarge it. Click on a graph to bring up its control form. Double click a graph to open it into its own window.

Project Page

Instrumentation Tools Project Page

Attachments