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Project Number


Project Title

Control, Measurement, and Resource Management Framework for Heterogeneous and Mobile Wireless Testbeds
a.k.a. ORBIT

Technical Contacts

Principal Investigator: Marco Gruteser WINLAB / Rutgers University
Co-Principal Investigator: Max Ott NICTA
Co-Principal Investigator: Ivan Seskar WINLAB / Rutgers University Ivan Seskar
Technical Staff: Joseph Milkjovic WINLAB / Rutgers University
Technical Staff: Thierry Rakotoarivelo NICTA

Participating Organizations

WINLAB / Rutgers University, North Brunswick, NJ
NICTA, Alexandria, NSW, Australia


The scope of work on this project is to extend the Orbit Control, Management and Measurement Framework (OMF) to design and implement a prototype of a GENI-compliant resource management, experiment control, and measurement framework, so that it can support experiments across heterogeneous testbed resources, with a specific focus on mobile testbeds. GENI control framework functions will be added to the OMF as they become defined. Support for mobile testbeds will include the handling of disconnection, and providing temporal and spatial control. Reference implementations of your GENI-compliant resource management, experiment control, and measurement framework will be provided to another wireless project, and its testbed will be integrated into your OMF environment as a federated testbed. Both testbeds will be connected to a GENI backbone network.


ORBIT: 1a Extend OMF to support multiple heterogeneous testbeds
ORBIT: 1b Extend OMF interfaces and software to support mobile testbeds
ORBIT: 1c provide reference implementations of extended OMF software to WiMAX project
ORBIT: 1d Provide VLAN connections to the GENI backbone
ORBIT: 1e Establish OMF operating environment, verify, and demo
ORBIT: 1f Support experimentation by other GENI users

Project Technical Documents

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  1. Raychaudhuri, et al, “Overview of the ORBIT radio grid testbed for evaluation of next-generation wireless network protocols,” in Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2005. See also:

Maximilian Ott, Ivan Seskar, Robert Siracusa, Manpreet Singh, "ORBIT Testbed Software Architecture: Supporting Experiments as a Service" , Proceedings of IEEE Tridentcom 2005, Trento, Italy, Feb 2005

Manpreet Singh, Maximilian Ott, Ivan Seskar and Pandurang Kamat, "ORBIT Measurements Framework and Library (OML): Motivations, Design,Implementation, and Features" , Proceedings of IEEE Tridentcom 2005, Trento, Italy, Feb 2005

  1. Raychaudhuri and Editors M. Gerla, “New architectures and disruptive technologies for the future internet: The wireless, mobile and sensor network perspective” Report of NSF Wireless Mobile Planning Group (WMPG) Workshop, August 2005, at

Quarterly Status Reports

ORBIT: 4Q08 Status Report

Spiral 1 Connectivity

Location of equipment:

Lab at WINLAB / Rutgers University, North Brunswick, NJ
Lab at NICTA, Alexandria, NSW, Australia
Clearinghouse will be located in WINLAB.

Layer 3 connectivity

WINLAB has existing IP connectivity and public addresses that will also be used for GENI. NICTA layer 3 connectivity is TBD.

Layer 2 connectivity

WINLAB will connect layer 2 to MAGPI East in Philadelphia. Additional fiber infrastructure is needed; one piece has been acquired, one is in place, and a third is planned for completion March 1. Rutgers has an existing connecton to MAGPI East in Philadelphia. Connection to NLR or Internet2 TBD.

NICTA plans connection via Australian Advanced Research Network to a PoP in Seattle, with possible connectivity to Internet2 and NLR. Possible DCN for GENI virtual ethernet connection. Details TBD.

IT contact at WINLAB: via Ivan Seskar?

IT contact at NICTA: via Max Ott?

GPO Liason System Engineer

Harry Mussman

Related Projects

ORBIT Testbed

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