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Project Title

Understanding Federation
a.k.a. PLFED

Technical Contacts

Larry Peterson, Princeton University <>
Serge Fdida, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
Timur Friedman, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
Akihiro Nakao, University of Tokyo <>

Participating Organizations

Department of Computer Science
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
Paris, France

[Http:// Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies]
University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

GPO Liason System Engineer

Christopher Small <Christopher Small>


This effort will integrate PlanetLab (PLC), PlanetLab Europe (PLE), PlanetLab Japan (PLJ)-along with other testbeds in Korea, Brazil, Europe, Japan, and the US-into an international federated research infrastructure. We will deploy and use the federation mechanisms developed as part of the PlanetLab cluster currently funded by the GPO, and focus our attention on the policy issues that arise when autonomous organizations federate their networks together. Funding is requested for Princeton (the prime) along with Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and the University of Tokyo (subcontractors), which will drive the effort, but multiple testbeds will be federated with the support of this proposal. The effort will focus on resolving the policy issues related to federation-Princeton, UPMC, and the University of Tokyo already have funding to perform the necessary engineering work to build the mechanisms required by federation.

Current Capabilities


Due January 1, 2010

Create federated slice using SFA machinery across PLC, PLE, and PLJ. Assume minimal peering policy based on sliver count. Users interact with system using SFI command-line tool. Assume pair-wise peering among these three organizations.

Due April 1, 2010

Demonstrate new policy engine (based on sfa_tables) by introducing richer peering policies; e.g., white-lists and black-lists.

Due July 1, 2010

Demonstrate hierarchical (not pair-wise) peering by including VINI, M-Lab, and G-Lab in the federation.

Due September 30, 2010

Demonstrate GUI-based interface as alternative to SFI command-line interface.

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Quarterly Status Reports

due 31Dec09: 4Q09 Status Report

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