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VMI-FED Project Status Report

Period: July 1 – November 18, 2010 (Post GEC9)


This QSR documents the progress by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) for Project Number 1773, Virtual Machine Introspection (VMI) and Development of a Model Federation Framework (MFF) for GENI, a.k.a. VMI-FED. We successfully demonstrated VMI functionality on an instance of the ORCA control framework at the ninth GENI Engineering Conference (GEC9).

In addition, we have posted documentation describing our findings and approach to federating new and diverse resources uniformly and on a large scale, as well as identifying numerous potential resources that can be federated which are available to the University of Alaska (UA).

I. Major accomplishments

A. Milestones achieved

Our team submitted two Spiral 3 proposals, one of which is a joint venture with another project that is duplicating the Advanced System Security Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) Center in multiple locations. This proposal would allot for the installation of additional GENI equipment at each of the previously mentioned locations. The second submitted proposal regards providing training to GENI experimenters.

Furthermore, new graduate student projects have formed around the FED portion of the project relating to standardizing resource classifications in large-scale networks, and trading resources for services in large-scale networks.

B. Deliverables made

A description of the planned VMI demo for GEC8, including configuration, requirements and key points is at the following link. This document was available as of (June 24, 2010).

II. Description of work performed during last quarter

A. Activities and findings

We are installing a local implementation of ORCA on UAF servers to pair with our myPLC installation. Once complete, UAF will demonstrate VMI instrumentation and measurement viability on ORCA and myPLC control frameworks at GEC8.

While investigating UA resources we heard system administrators express concerns about federating resources into GENI e.g., interference with VOIP systems, system security, etc. In order to solicit as many of these concerns as possible a survey was designed for distribution to GENI and other organizations in order to get a better understanding of what concerns and expectations people have about the GENI system.

B. Project participants

VMI Trac

Dr. Brian Hay
Principal Investigator

Brandon Marken
Research Assistant

John Quan
Research Assistant Lead

Greg Klupar
Research Assistant

MFF Trac

Dr. Kara Nance
Principal Investigator

Dr. Jon Genetti
Principal Investigator

Donald Kline
Research Assistant Lead
Don Kline

C. Publications (individual and organizational)

D. Outreach activities

GENI team members ran a virtualization boot camp at the Colloquium for Information System Security Education, June 7-8 in Baltimore, MD. The boot camp was attended by ~20 computer security educators from around the US. The full-day session explained the advantages of virtualization and some basic information about virtualization and discussed how the Advanced System Security Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) Lab is being used for GENI Project research and how participants can become involved.

We are developing a federation scenario in which GENI experimenters and resource donors mutually benefit from resources contributed by academia, government agencies, industries, and the public. To this end, we are formulating a strategy to garner acceptance by presenting this scenario to identified parties. Simply stated, we are devising an answer to the predominant resource donor question, "What is in it for me?" By gathering their thoughts on our proposal and soliciting their ideas for GENI services, we will create a vested interest in developing federation standards and incentives, and spark a dialogue to spur GENI federation.

E. Collaborations

UAF GENI researchers are actively working with researchers at Colorado State University to test the VMI components on their equipment and to allow them to assist in testing.

F. Other Contributions

G. Goals

Complete the ORCA installation and prepare a VMI demonstration for GEC8. Present our federation scenario to identified system administrators to demonstrate how GENI may be mutually beneficial for donors and experimenters, and to advance a dialogue on incentives and standards to catalyze GENI federation.