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Cluster-D meetings at GEC7

Day 1: March 16, 1pm - 5pm Agenda and Notes ===


Ilia Baldine

ORCA software releases, and features:

Bella 2.0
Available now (was 2.1, planned for Feb 1)
+ New substrate API obsoletes COD
+ Lease cancellation
+ Multiple redeem predecessor support
+ Eucalyptus support
+ New broker policies
+ XML-­‐RPC ProtoGENI-­‐like SM interface
+ Global actor registry XML-­‐RPC function
+ Extended NDL support
+ NLR Sherpa driver

Bella 2.1
Panned for ? (was 2.2, planned for June 1)
+ Code hardening, more unit tests, better documentation
+ Broker querying coupled with registry
+ Juniper EX3200 support
+ Multi‐point VLAN slice support (BEN and NLR)
+ Possible:

– Support for newer Eucalyptus release
– Internet2 IDC support
– Gush integration (in cooperation with Gush team)


David Irwin
UMass-Duke demo movie
slice setup movie


Brian Lynn, Thijs de Vries

Since Sept, 2009, have several users running experiments on DOME
+ UMass graduate students
+ Research project with University of Arkansas
+ NSF GENI Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program
+ U of Washington’s Million Node GENI runs on DOME when no other experiments are scheduled


Michael Zink


Mukundan Sridharan

Progress in Spiral 2:

  1. Created v1.1 KanseiGenie Installer
  2. Ported KanseiGenie to NetEye (Wayne State), and provided support to porting efforts at OKGems (Oklahoma State)
  3. Extended KanseiGenie Researcher Portal to include baseline federated experimentation
  4. Completed development to make the switch form Soap to SecureSoap. New version will be rolled out after GEC7.
  5. Started planning v2.0 of software installer package, including baseline federation

Milestones Completed:
KANSEI: S2.d Extend researcher portal for use with Kansei and NetEye (Due 3/16/10)
KANSEI: S2.e Bring up NetEye testbed at WSU (Due 03/16/10)
KANSEI: S2.f Connection plan from Kansei and NetEye to Internet2 (Due 03/16/10)
KANSEI: S2.h Demo experiment using Kansei and NetEye (partially done; Due 07/20/10)


PIs: Xiaolin (Andy) Li, Nazanin Rahnavard, Weihua Sheng, Venkatesh Sarangan, Johnson Thomas
Students: Han Zhao, Xinxin Liu, Praveen Khethavath, Li Yu, Nhat Nguyen

Hardware status:
Dedicated lab space
About 100 sensor nodes (mainly Telosb and Micaz)
About 20 robots

ORCA status:
Installed and configured ORCA (Anacortes 1.2) in local environment successfully.
Built one ORCA local master and one node agent for initial testing.

KanseiGenie status:
Set up a small set of lab sensor nodes into the KanseiGenie framework.
Customized the KanseiGenie web portal.

Robotics VLab status:
A client session, control a robotic arm for arranging an alphabetical pattern

Year 1 Plan 1:
Design and develop drivers for our resource aggregates (PCs and sensors) using ORCA Bella 2.0.
Set up VLAN to stitch distributed resources together.
Deploy field sensor nodes and integrate them into the OKGems framework.
Further design OKGems portal
Give a demo in GEC 8

Year 1 Plan 2:
Modify existing plugins and develop new plugins for ORCA, i.e., plugins of scheduling policies.
Develop spatial-temporal slivers of sensor nodes/networks through TinyHive virtual machine and TinyBee mobile agent. (to be fully completed in Year Two)
Define programmable abstractions in finer granularity

Year 1 Plan 3:
Draft a system design to include robots
Define initial programmable abstractions of actuators and effectors
Remotely control robots over networks (LAN & WAN)

Bella 2.0 Release Features

Aydan Aydan YumerefendiBella 2.0

+ New Substrate API

  • Simplify integration of new substrates
  • Simplified IConcreteSet implementation

UnitSet represents a collection of Unit-s
Unit designed to represent any resource unit, e.g, VM, VLAN, Testbed, etc.

  • IShirakoPlugin extension: ISubstrate

Implemented as Substrate and AuthoritySubstrate
Defines clearly the extension points for a new substrate
transferIn, modify, transferOut

  • New authority Resource Control classes


  • First steps to simplify and generalize the web portal

New project: webapp2

+ New drivers and handlers: NLR, Eucalyptus

  • NLR

Provisions dynamically a path over NLR

  • Eucalyptus

Provisions dynamically a VM from an Eucalyptus cluster
Can also provision from Amazon EC2 (same API)
Supports assigning VLANs to VMs
Requires a patch to Eucalyptus 1.5

+ Simplified actor configuration file format

  • Define an actor with a few lines of XML

+ Lease cancellation (vacate) support

  • Brokers can allocate resources more efficiently

+ New controllers: inter-domain, xmlrpc (protogeni)
+ No major new features in the next release

  • Primary focus:

Harden and productize existing codebase
Simplify installation and setup

  • If time permits:

SOAP management API
Integrate Orca in command-line tools and other portals
Distributed Orca without Tomcat

XML-­RPC controller and actor registry

Anirban Mandal


Resource descriptions

March 17, 1pm - 3pm

Room: Presidents 3

1. Project Status continued


+ Keren Bergman, Caroline Lai, Michael Wang

+ slides


Deniz Gurken

slides LEARN network

slides LEARN measurement handler


Rudra Dutta slides


poster, including IMF, ERM and LEARN


Joe Mambretti


3. Cluster-D connectivity

4. Plan for GEC8 and GEC9 demos/experiments

ORCA-BEN + Multi‐point slice demo with several Cluster‐D members + Assist other projects with experiment demonstrations

5. Ongoing Cluster D Interactions

Monthly PI calls
Calls on specific topics
Resource description

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