GENI MAXREGIONAL Project Status Report - Post GEC18

Project Status Report
Project 1860 (MAXREGIONAL)
Post GEC 18 (October 27-29, 2013) Report

I. Major accomplishments

A. Milestones status

MAXREGIONAL.S5.a Continue to support the stitching interoperation and testing between GENI Racks/Aggregates, and across network infrastructures such as Internet2 ION, AL2S, regional networks, and other networks that may be available for GENI stitching use.

During this period we continued working with GENI Aggregate and Network providers to setup and test stitching operations. This included working with GPO and Internet2 to enable stitching across AL2S and paths which crossed both ION and AL2S. Currently this is a two step process, where AL2S paths are set up outside the GENI Control plane to an ION stitch point. After this, regular GENI AM control of ION enables other GENI Aggregates which are attached to AL2S to participate in stitching operations. We also worked with the iMinds project from Belgium to integrate their ProtoGENI aggregate into the general stitching environment. iMinds is currently connected to ION via static configuration of VLANs across GEANT and the Belgium National network. We have begun discussions with Internet2 regarding supporting stitching extensions in their AL2S Aggregate Manager. This coordination is expected to continue during the next reporting period.

MAXREGIONAL.S5.b Update the MAX Aggregate Manager to keep up to date with latest GENI AM APIs in use by other GENI Aggregates and GENI Experimenter tools.

Status: We are currently working on upgrading the MAX and ION Aggregate Manager software to support the latest PlanetLab SFA software. This requires an upgrade of the base Fedora OS, and will require some adaptations of the MAX Aggregate Manager software as well. These changes will also enable the MAX AM to support the GENI AM APIv3. This work is underway and will continue during the next reporting period.

MAXREGIONAL.S5.c Develop designs and prototype systems for facilitating and managing VLAN delegation by statically provisioned network regions. Work GPO and network providers to test and refine designs.

Status: We currently are running and maintaining a script which automatically pulls Advertisement RSpecs from GENI Aggregates and generates a wiki page. This wiki page provides information regarding networks where statically provisioned VLANs are utilized to connect two GENI Aggregates. Information formatted in accordance with a configuration file schema indicates which GENI Aggregates should be included in this process. This wiki page is located here:

B. Deliverables made

During this reporting period we completed the following deliverables:

Deployment of the MAX InstaGENI rack including connection to Internet2 AL2S.

  • MAX InstaGENI Rack available for general use

GEC18 Stitching Demonstration

  • ====> Publications ====> GEC18

or direct

II Description of work performed during last quarter

A. Activities and findings

GENI Stitching capabilities across Internet2 ION and AL2S continues to move forward. We have helped with testing stitching across ION and AL2S. There seems to be a good path forward for networks which include Dynamic Circuit Network (DCN) capabilities to be included in GENI Stitching operations. This is currently accomplished via the use of a GENI Aggregate Manager running on top of the OSCARS provisioning system on Internet2 ION. This same technique would also work for any DYNES deployment, which is also OSCARS based. Future dynamic networks based on other systems/protocols such as NSI could be adapted to the GENI slice instantiation and stitching environment in a similar manner. In addition, we will work with Internet2 to help them support the stitching extensions so that will provide another options for GENI AM control of AL2S and other OpenFlow based networks.

B. Project participants

Tom Lehman (MAX)
Xi Yang (MAX)

C. Publications (individual and organizational)

No formal publications were funded by this projects during this time period.

D. Outreach activities

The current focus of our outreach activities is thru our collaborations with other Aggregates such as ProtoGENI, ExoGENI, and GENI Rack deployment sites.

We have received and installed the MAX InstaGENI rack. This has been connected to the MAX Aggregate which enables stitching thru Internet2 ION and AL2S. The MAX InstaGENI rack is also connected thru Internet2 AL2S to the GENI Mesoscale infrastructure. This rack has completed acceptance testing and is now available for GENI community use. We plan to conduct outreach to potential experimenters at University of Maryland and other universities in the MAX footprint.

E. Collaborations

As part of the activities and milestones described here, we have had extensive collaborations with many in the GENI community. This includes ProtoGENI, ExoGENI, iMINDS, and GPO developers. A large focus of our milestones during this reporting period revolved around network stitching capability deployment and testing. These activities required collaborations with other GENI aggregate manager developers and network resource providers.

F. Other Contributions


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