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GENI Frequently Asked Questions

Topics of General Interest

1. Who can use GENI?

GENI is available for use by researchers from academic institutions, industry and government.

2. Is there a fee to use GENI?

GENI is available without charge for research and classroom use.

3. Do I need an account to use GENI resources?

Yes, you do. See the GENI Experimenters page for information on getting a GENI account.

4. Who is building GENI?

GENI is being developed by leading academic and industrial teams across the United States. The GENI project is funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The GENI Project Office (GPO) provides the NSF with system engineering and project management expertise to guide the planning, prototyping and deployment of GENI.

Topics of Interest to Experimenters

1. Why do I need certificates and keys?

GENI experimenter tools use secure XML RPC for invoking methods on GENI Aggregates. Your certificate is used by these aggregates to verify you have the privileges needed to perform operations such as allocating resources on these aggregates.

Aggregates that provide you with compute resources typically allow you to log into these resources using the Secure Shell (ssh) protocol. Aggregates typically use private-public key pairs instead of passwords to authenticate logins. When an aggregate provisions a compute resource and make it available to your slice, it installs your public key on the resource. You must make sure your ssh client is configured to find your corresponding private key when you attempt to log into your compute resources. For more information on setting up your keys and your ssh client, see this page.