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Project Number


Project Title

Programmable Measurements over Texas-based Research Network: LEARN
a.k.a. LEARN

Technical Contacts

PI: Deniz Gurkan University of Houston College of Technology
co-PI: Keren Bergman Columbia University Electrical Engineering

Participating Organizations

University of Houston, College of Technology
Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN)
Columbia University, EE Dept

GPO Liaison System Engineer

Harry Mussman (E-mail:


This project will integrate the Lone-star Education And Research Network (LEARN) regional optical network, located in Texas, into the ORCA control framework (GENI Cluster D). This will enable GENI researchers to utilize the LEARN network for L2 (VLAN) transport.

This project will also work with the Embedded Real-time Measurements (ERM) project to develop methods to include the use of existing commercial transport and measurement equipment for real-time measurements. Specifically, it will work with the ERM project to define the API and implement Measurement Handler software to utilize an existing interface (TL1 over SSH) into the Infinera Digital Transport Node (DTN) to make optical measurements.


February 18th, 2011 – Texas Learning and Computation Center, PGH/232, University Of Houston.

07:30 - 08:30 AM Registration and light breakfast
08:30 – 09:00 AM INTRODUCTION and welcome by Professor Lennart Johnsson, Director of the Texas Learning and Computation Center
LEARN-GENI integration using ORCA as a control framework– D. Gurkan, C. Chambers, T. Kumbi, Karthik Ram Narumanchi, Jingbo Zhang, Maanasa Madiraju, UH
09:00 – 09:30 AM Research support and connection capabilities of LEARN – A. Kara, LEARN
09:30 – 10:00 AM Experimentation on GENI infrastructures - GENI Project Office Perspectives - M. Berman, BBN
10:00 – 10:30 AM ORCA control framework for dynamic VLAN setup and resource reservations – A. Mandal and I. Baldine, RENCI-BEN
10:30 – 11:00 AM COFFEE BREAK
11:00 – 11:30 AM FutureNets: Designing Architecture, Technology, and Facilities for Multi-Service, Deterministic, Differentiated-Attribute Networks – J. Mambretti, Northwestern University (ICAIR)
11:30 – 12:00 AM Demonstration of a research experiment run on a large-scale network infrastructure – M. Zink, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
12:00 - 01:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
01:00 - 01:30 PM Network issues relevant to university infrastructures – G. Almes or W. Marti (or representative, TBD), Texas A&M University
01:30 – 02:30 PM Researcher talks (20 min each)
Network performance measurements and cross-layer communication research opportunities on LEARN – D. Gurkan, UH
Using GENI to Verify Automatically Synthesized Network Protocols - Alex Sprintson and Christopher Jasson Casey, TAMU
WiMax in UNT - Shengli Fu and Kamesh Namuduri, University of North Texas
Maestro: A System for Scalable OpenFlow Control - Zheng Cai, Rice University
02:30 – 03:00 PM Discussion on Future Activities, END

Current Capabilities


Spiral 2

MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.a Cluster plan for VLANs between testbeds)? status
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.b Plan for VLANs on LEARN)? status
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.h Draft measurement data file format)? status
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.c Establish ORCA framework)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.i Implement and integrate Measurement Handler)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.j Deliver release of Measurement Handler)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.k List of measurement handlers for GENI)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.d Initial integration LEARN into ORCA)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.e Move broker to clearinghouse)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.f POC to GENI response team)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.g POC to GENI security team)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S2.l Contribution to GENI outreach)?

Spiral 3

MilestoneDate(LEARN: S3.a Demonstration at GEC9 and Experimenter Outreach)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S3.b Documentation and Code Release)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S3.c Experimenter Outreach and GENI Publicity)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S3.d Demonstration at GEC10 and Experimenter Outreach)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S3.e Documentation and Code Release)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S3.f Demonstration at GEC11 and Experimenter Outreach)?
MilestoneDate(LEARN: S3.g Documentation and code release)?

Project Technical Documents

LEARN: Lonestar Education and Research Network
Draft Measurement Data File Format
Specifications for the Measurement Handler Software
Implement and Integrate Measurement Handler
Release of the Measurement Handler Software
Create an ORCA Instance in the Lab
Release of Measurement Handler Documentation
List of Measurement Handlers for GENI

Quarterly Status Reports

4Q09 Status Report
1Q10 Status Report
2Q10 Status Report
Slides for 2010 Review of LEARN
3Q10 Status Report
4Q10 Status Report
5Q11 Status Report

Spiral 2 Connectivity

See the ORCA/BEN project
See also Cluster D VLAN Capabilities
And: LEARN Regional Optical Network

Related Projects

Embedded Real-Time Measurements
Integrated Measurement Framework

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