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Getting Started with GENI and the GENI Portal - Part I


Sunday, 10:30am - noon

Session Leaders


Agenda / Details

Complete your first experiment using GENI'''

Develop a basic understanding of the experiment workflow by doing a simple layer 2 experiment.

Use and understand the following terms: Experimenter, Project, Slice, Aggregate, Resource, RSpecs

Use the following tools: GENI Portal, Flack, ssh & ssh keys


There are no requirements for this tutorial.

This is the first part of a three part tutorial. This tutorial or equivalent experience is a pre-requisites for Part II.

The following background will be helpful for this tutorial:

Please Arrive With:

  1. Laptop with a recent version of Virtual Box.
  2. A GENI Experimenter Portal account.


Start with creating a very simple experiment using Flack (Session 1) and end with learning to instrument experiments using GIMI & GEMINI (Session 3) Build on concepts learnt in previous tutorials. By end of Day 1, attendees should feel comfortable running experiments and instrumenting them. Experimenters should feel comfortable creating slices, reserving resources and using rspecs.

At the end of Part I, attendees will:

  • Be able to use and understand the following terms:
    • Experimenter
    • Project
    • Slice
    • Aggregate
    • Resource
    • Resource Specification (aka RSpec)
  • Have run their first complete experiment in GENI:
    • understand how to use their GENI Experimenter Portal account to join a project and create a slice
    • know how to draw an experimental topology and reserve resources using a graphical tool (Flack)
    • know how to log into compute resources using ssh and a private key
    • know how to manually load software onto a compute node
    • have run a simple layer 2 experiment
    • know how to delete resources

Tutorial materials

Instructions: TBD

Slides: TBD