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     1= ProtoGENI Project Quarterly Report for 4Q 2008 =
     3== I. Major accomplishments ==
     5=== A. Milestones achieved ===
     7Year 1(g): Gave a demo of progress early, at GEC #3
     9=== B. Deliverables made ===
     11Documentation of design decisions and plans up at
     13Release of Emulab software, including early versions of ProtoGENI extensions, made under the AGPLv3 in July (before contract awarded)
     15Early RSpec prototype (still in progress) released at:
     17Early credential and ticket formats (still in progress) released at:
     19== II. Description of work performed during last quarter ==
     21=== A. Activities and findings ===
     23In our role as a control framework, most of the activity billable this quarter
     24to this contract has been integration, collaboration (see below), and running
     25of a clearinghouse and aggregate component managers. We have brought up a
     26clearinghouse and two aggregate component managers at Utah. These are by no
     27means complete, but represent a strong start. We have lined up four external
     28sites to host ProtoGENI edge nodes. Two of these sites have been running for
     29over a moth, and the other two will come up after the holidays.
     31Under separate NSF funding, we have done extensive development on ProtoGENI,
     34    Work on the aggregate component manager frontend to the Emulab management software
     36    Building software to run a clearinghouse
     38    Building software to create and validate user identities, credentials, and tickets
     40    Enabling federation between sites running Emulab software, using the ProtoGENI APIs
     42The last is particularly important, as it will be a primary method for
     43integration with other cluster members who run Emulab instances (which is
     44nearly all of them.) An early version of this federation (of aggregates) has been tested within
     45Utah, using separate Emulab instances, but remains to be deployed at other
     46sites.  Our strategy is push for early adoption of the federation software,
     47before it is fully complete, so that its development can be guided by lessons
     48learned during deployment.
     50We participated in GEC3, giving a talk and a demo, and had discussions with
     51several other projects while there. We also attended the GENI-FIRE meeting in
     52Madrid, giving a talk and having discussions with possible international
     55=== B. Project participants ===
     57University of Utah
     59Subcontracts for HP and Internet2 are pending, as Utah's contract with BBN was executed only in December.
     61=== C. Publications (individual and organizational) ===
     63We presented a poster at OSDI 2008, accompanied by a demo (the same one given at GEC #3). Poster and demo were well-received.
     65  Title: ProtoGENI: A Network for Next-Generation Internet Research
     67  Authors: Robert Ricci, Jay Lepreau, Leigh Stoller, Mike Hibler, and David Johnson
     69=== D. Outreach activities ===
     71Our poster and demo at OSDI gave us an opportunity to discuss GENI with a number of people involved in the distributed systems community, many of which weren't yet familiar with GENI, or who had questions regarding it. We also participated in the GPO's outreach activity to the European community in Madrid.
     73=== E. Collaborations ===
     75Beginning in early October, we have organized bi-weekly conference calls with
     76the members of our cluster, in order to foster collaboration within it.
     77Participants have included all groups initially assigned to our cluster, our
     78subcontractors, the Programmable Edge Node project, and the Security
     79Architecture project.
     81We have interacted with a number of other GPO-funded projects within and
     82outside of our cluster about collaborations and integrations, including:
     84    BGP Mux: Held a discussion with this group and others about how the virtualization work they are doing can be used by our project and connected to the Programmable Edge Node project. We are in the process of looking at the implementation they have thus far. Georgia     Tech also now hosts two ProtoGENI edge nodes.
     86    CMU Testbeds: Providing code/software support to this project as they  come up to speed on the Emulab and ProtoGENI software for deployment of !HomeNet.
     88    Instrumentation Tools: They have given a demo of their existing work to one of our cluster conference calls, and we have begun talks about the specific tasks needed to integrate their work into ProtoGENI. The University of Kentucky will soon host two ProtoGENI edge nodes.
     90    Measurement System: Have had discussions about the specifics of how integration with this project will work, and running the necessary Emulab code to join our clearinghouse. Also discussed possible low-layer connectivity between our projects. The University of Wisconsin-Madison now hosts two ProtoGENI edge nodes.
     92    Enterprise GENI: Exploring the idea of providing !OpenFlow capabilities on the ProtoGENI backbone
     94    SPP Overlay Nodes: Considering sharing the bandwidth provided by Internet2 with this project, using the switches to be purchased under our contract. We have also had discussions with the GPO and Internet2 regarding this arrangement.
     96    Million-Node GENI: Working on making this project available in a controlled environment, and running it on ProtoGENI nodes.
     98    Programmable Edge Node: This project has joined our cluster, and we have had talks about how integrate this project with the work that we and others in our cluster are doing.
     100    GMOC: Initial talks about providing emergency shutdown and operational information
     102    Security Architecture: This project has been a regular participant in our cluster conference calls.
     104    DETER: Initial contact regarding the Deter Federation Daemon, and possible low-layer interconnect between the clusters
     106    PlanetLab: We have been in occasional contact with this project, with the goal of reducing the differences between the APIs provided by these two control frameworks
     108We have also been in close contact with the GPO, including a demo of Emulab and
     109ProtoGENI to the GPO technical staff. We responded to the Substrate Working
     110Group's call for information regarding hardware to be deployed, and also posted
     111this information on .  We have been working with Internet2 and
     112our campus OIT to plan the backbone to de deployed under this subcontract.  We
     113have been in close contact with our other subcontractor, HP, regarding their
     114role of providing switches and hosting an edge cluster, and they will soon host
     115two ProtoGENI edge nodes. Finally, we have held preliminary discussions with
     116international Emulab sites about possible international federation efforts.
     118=== F. Other Contributions ===