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Project Title GENI Meta Operations

a.k.a. GMOC

Technical Contacts

Principal Investigator Jon-Paul Herron Co-Principal Investigator Luke Fowler

Participating Organizations

Indiana University Bloomington, IN

Global Research Network Operations Center Indianapolis, IN


The scope of work on this project is to facilitate the sharing of operational and experimental information among GENI experimental components.

This effort has both technical development and operational requirements. Technically, the GENI Meta Operations Center (GMOC) would require a well-defined protocol to help generalize the operational details of GENI prototypes and for the providers of prototypes to send those details to an operational data repository. These requirements suggest a modular approach, with a generalized protocol rather than a restricted set of hardware and software that GENI prototype participants would be required to run. In other words, it would be largely up to the GENI Spiral 1 project investigators to decide what data to share and how to collect this data from their prototype infrastructure. The GMOC would provide the standardized format for this data and the systems required to share, monitor, display, and act on this data. In addition, the GMOC could be used to help provide a repository for data collections passing into and out of GENI prototypes for the purpose of discovering and isolating prototypes that have caused problems. This might require additional instrumentation at the connection points and substrate elements between prototypes.

This would be accomplished with the help of the other prototypes that are part of GENI Spiral 1. The GMOC will work with these other projects to develop the operational data formats, processes, and systems needed for a consistent and useful suite of GENI infrastructures. During the project, participants will investigate how a Meta Operations Center might interact with various prototype participants to accomplish operations functions.

MilestoneDate(GMOC:Define Common Operational Dataset)?
MilestoneDate(GMOC:Define Specialized Operational Dataset)?
MilestoneDate(GMOC:Define GMOC Native Operational Data Format)?
MilestoneDate(GMOC:Integrate Security services in GMOC framework)?
MilestoneDate(GMOC:Complete initial GMOC Operational Dataset Translater Implementation)?
MilestoneDate(GMOC:Complete initial GMOC Data Exchanger Implementation)?
MilestoneDate(GMOC:Complete initial implementation of Emergency Stop and notifications)?
MilestoneDate(GMOC:Complete initial implementation of prototype GMOC)?
MilestoneDate(GMOC:Demonstrate initial GMOC Framework Implementation at a GEC)?
MilestoneDate(GMOC:Draft GENI Concept of Operations)?

Project Technical Documents

Links to wiki pages or repository locations for the project's technical documents eventually go here. The list should include any document submitted to GENI working groups, as well as other useful documents.

GMOC presentation at GEC3

GMOC Block Diagram

Operational Dataset Discussion Strawman

Internal data format to be used by GMOC

Data exchange format to be used by GMOC

Spiral 1 Connectivity

This project will use existing GRNOC addresses and connections. The GRNOC can access NLR and Internet2 nodes and endpoints. The project requires IP connectivity between the GRNOC and GENI nodes, servers, and other components that will provide or share operational data. Requirements for layer 2 virtual ethernet connections, are TBD.

GPO Liason System Engineer

Heidi Picher Dempsey

Related Projects

Internet2 NOC


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