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Project Title

Integration and Augmentation of a Prototype GENI Control Plane (ORCA) for a Metro-Scale Optical Testbed (BEN)
a.k.a. ORCAAUG

Technical Contacts

Principal Investigator: Ilia Baldine Ilia Baldine (RENCI)
Co-Principal Investigator: Jeff Chase (Duke)
Yufeng Xin (NDL-OWL development, experiment embedding), RENCI
Anirban Mandal (actor registry, XMLRPC controller, policy development), RENCI
Chris Heermann (BEN Operations, Cluster D connectivity), RENCI
Victor Orlikowski (Software testing, system administration, documentation), Duke University
Aydan Yumerefendi (codebase maintenance, documentation, core enhancements) – core development team, RENCI
Prateek Jaipuria (ImageProxy, Shibboleth integration) development), Duke University
Muzhi Zhao (ImageProxy development), Duke University)

Participating Organizations

New Internet Computing Lab (NICL)
Open Resource Control Architecture (ORCA)
BEN: Breakable Experimental Network
Renaissance Computing Insititute (RENCI), Chapel Hill, NC
Duke University, Durham, NC
Infinera Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA

Related Projects

ORCA/BEN project

Project web site maintained by RENCI, including ORCA code and ticketing system

New Internet Computing Lab (NICL)
Open Resource Control Architecture (ORCA)
BEN: Breakable Experimental Network

GPO Liaison System Engineer

Harry Mussman


This project augments the ORCA/BEN project which was started at the beginning of Spiral 1, and which provides the code for the ORCA control framework.

This project will augment the features of the current ORCA Control Framework prototype and integrate work from other relevant GENI projects to substantially increase the capabilities of the framework in the areas of:

(1) unified measurement and experimenter tools, particularly physical layer measurement
(2) identity and trust management based on Shibboleth and SAML
(3) cloud computing substrates
(4) resource description and allocation mechanisms, policies and algorithms

As the capabilities of ORCA are increased, they will be made available to the associated projects in Cluster D.

In particular, it will assist in the integration of the Integrated Measurement Framework (IMF) and related tools being developed in a separate project, to enable advanced cross-layer experiments in the BEN regional optical network.

It will integrate Shibboleth identity providers (IdPs) and SAML security assertions into ORCA to support: IdP-endorsed credential attributes; the use of attributes for authorization; and proxy authentication, which would enable users to delegate credentials to software entities acting on their behalf.

It will add Orca interfaces (handler and driver plugins) for edge cluster substrates managed by Eucalyptus, a popular virtual/cloud computing systems, and integrate it into ORCA. Eucalyptus is an open-source Xen-based virtual cloud manager designed to resemble Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and cloud storage services.

In cooperation with the ORBIT project, it will extend the Network Description Language (NDL), an OWL-based ontology schema, by developing common ontology specifications and a common set of tools, to better describe all resources being integrated into ORCA and ORBIT. And, it will enable dynamic resource discovery, including the ability to query a broker about resources available.

Operational Capabilities

See the ORCA/BEN project


MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.a Rel 2.1_2 ORCA code to projects)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.b Rel 2.2_2 ORCA code to projects)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.c Rel 2.3_2 ORCA code to projects)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.d Rel 2.x_1 ORCA code, docs to GPO)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.e Single registry of brokers)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.f Query broker for available resources)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.g Broker authorization based on attributes from Shibboleth)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.h Eucalyptus VM provisioning)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.i First ontology workshop)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.j First draft of the ontology schema)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S2.k Second ontology workshop)?

MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.a "GEC9 Cluster D roadmap review, capabilities demonstration and experimenter outreach")?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.b.1 ORCA intermediate code release and documentation)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.b.2 SSH Proxy for Eucalyptus VMs)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.c "GEC10 Cluster D roadmap review, capabilities demonstration and experimenter outreach")?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.d.1 Experiment topology embedding)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.d.2 ORCA Camano 3.0 code release and documentation)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.e "GEC11 Cluster D roadmap review, capabilities demonstration and experimenter outreach")?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.f.1 Internet2/MAX/DRAGON handlers + policy support)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.f.2 Authorization policies with Shibboleth support for)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.f.3 Advance reservations for heterogeneous substrates in single broker)?
MilestoneDate(ORCAAUG: S3.f.4 ORCA Camano 3.1 code release and documentation)?

Status Reports and Demonstrations

ORCABEN: 4Q09 Status Report
ORCABEN: 1Q10 Status Report
ORCA/BEN and Cluster D Demo at GEC7 on March 16, 2010
ORCABEN/ORCAAUG: 2Q10 Status Report
ORCA/BEN Slides at GEC8
ORCABEN/ORCAAUG: 3Q10 Status Report
ORCA/BEN and ORCAAUG Spiral 2 Review

ORCA/BEN Slides at GEC9
Nowcasting Demo
[ Post-GEC9 Status Report]
[ ORCA/BEN Demo at GEC10]
[ ORCA/BEN Slides at GEC10]
ORCABEN/ORCAAUG Post-GEC10 Status Report

Technical Documents

See the ORCA/BEN project

Software Releases

See the ORCA/BEN project


See the ORCA/BEN project