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Project Title

Deploying a Vertically Integrated GENI “Island”: A Prototype GENI Control Plane (ORCA) for a Metro-Scale Optical Testbed (BEN)

Technical Contacts

Principal Investigator: Ilia Baldine Ilia Baldine
Co-Principal Investigator: Jeff Chase
BEN Operations Staff and IT Contact: Chris Heermann (RENCI)
Software Staff: Yufeng Xin (RENCI)
Software Staff: Daniel Evans (RENCI)
Software Staff: Aydan Yumerefendi (RENCI)
Students: Varun Marupadi (Duke), Matt Sayler (Duke)

Participating Projects and 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


The scope of work on this project is to extend ORCA (a candidate GENI control framework) to include the optical resources available in BEN metro optical testbed. Also, to make a reference implementation of ORCA available to additional GENI prototypes and assist, with limited support, in the integration of ORCA into select wireless/sensor prototypes. The team will operate a clearinghouse for the various testbeds under the ORCA control framework. Also, connect with the NLR backbone network FrameNet service to facilitate end-to-end VLAN's connections into BEN. Finally, make the integrated (VLAN connections and control framework) ORCA/BEN infrastructure available to external researchers by the end of Year-1.


ORCABEN: 1a Extend ORCA as a GENI control framework due 4/1/09 completed 3/31/09
ORCABEN: 1b Make an early reference implementation of ORCA available due 4/1/09 completed 4/8/09
ORCABEN: 1c Integration of NDL or other topology description mechanism due 6/1/09 started
ORCABEN: 1d Integrate ORCA with BEN including slivering of Infinera DTNs due 6/1/09 started
ORCABEN: 1e Complete end-to-end VLAN connections between BEN and NLR due 6/1/09 started
ORCABEN: 1f All ORCA assigned prototypes integrated into ORCA clearinghouse due 8/1/09 started
ORCABEN: 1g Make a working and tested prototype of BEN and GENI available for limited external research due 10/1/09
ORCABEN: 1h Delivery of preliminary control framework design documentation due 10/1/09

Trac websites maintained by RENCI:
GENI - ORCA web site
ORCA-fest web site

Note: GENI - ORCA website certificate is signed by the RENCI Root CA, and not by a commercial authority. It will typically raise an exception or warning in your browser. You can add RENCI Root CA as a trusted authority in your browser RENCI Root CA certificate. Alternatively, you can create an exception for the site to accept its certificate as is. Or, you may be able to continue to the website if you accept the warning.

Project Technical Documents

Links to wiki pages for the project's technical documents go here. List should include any document in the working groups, as well as other

useful documents. Projects may have a full tree of wiki pages here.

GENI - ORCA web site
"Sharing Networked Resources with Brokered Leases", 2006
"ORCA Technical Note: Guests and Guest Controllers", 2008
"BEN GENI Substrate Description", 2008

Quarterly Status Reports

ORCABEN: 4Q08 Status Report
ORCABEN: 1Q09 Status Report

Spiral 1 Connectivity

Please include links to wiki pages about details of infrastrcture that the project is using (if any). Examples include IP addresses, hostnames, URLs, DNS servers, local site network maps, VLANIDs (if permanent VLANs are used), pointers to public keys. May also include ticket links for pending or known connectivity issues. Many projects will have a full tree of wiki pages here.

ORCA clearinghouse equipment location: RENCI, 100 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill, NC.
ORCA clearinghouse will use RENCI public IP addresses.
There is no requirement for ORCA equipment at Duke (or Infinera). However, tentative plans for demonstration VLANs ORCABEN: 1e Complete end-to-end VLAN connections between BEN and NLR may include the ORCA lab at Duke. NLR FrameNet connections to RENCI and Duke are tentatively planned for these demos.

BEN equipment is located per the "BEN GENI Substrate Description", 2008 drawing.
External connectivity to BEN done per Fig 3 of "BEN GENI Substrate Description", 2008 drawing.
BEN node at RENCI has 10 GigE connection to NLR FrameNet.
BEN node at RENCI uses RENCI production router for connections to commodity Internet, Internet2 and NLR (via NCREN).
BEN IP addresses should be added to this page.

BEN Operations Staff and IT Contact: Chris Heermann RENCI

GPO Liason System Engineer

Harry Mussman

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