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GENI Tutorial at SIGCSE 2014

Join us for a GENI tutorial at SIGCSE 2014 in Atlanta!

This hands-on tutorial will introduce attendees to GENI, a nationwide virtual laboratory for networking and distributed systems research ( GENI is funded by the National Science Foundation and is free to use for research and education.

The tutorial will be split into two sessions and it is strongly recommended that attendees attend both sessions. Attendees can attend only the second session as long as they meet the pre-requisites described below.

The workshop will be taught by Niky Riga, Sarah Edwards of the GENI Project Office and Divya Bhat from UMass Amherst.

GENI Tutorial at IC2E14 Agenda

Session 1 9am-noon

  1. attachment An Introduction to GENI as a Cloud Computing testbed]
  2. attachment A Hands-on Introduction to Experimentation with GENI [ Instructions]

Session 2 1pm-4pm

  1. attachment GENI and Cloud Computing
  2. attachment A Hands-on SDN Experiment with GENI [ Instructions]
  3. attachment Running your own Experiment in GENI

Pre-Work for Tutorial

In order to participate in the hands-on portion of the workshop, please do the following steps:

  1. As soon as possible, please verify you are able to log into the GENI Portal. See instructions below.
  2. Verify you have a laptop suitable for the tutorial. See requirements below.
  3. Ensure your laptop is configured to use Flash and that you can ssh with a private key from your machine. See instructions. You will need the private key and passphrase to verify the ssh setup on your laptop. The key and passphrase were sent via separate emails.

Don't hesitate to email us at if you run into any trouble with these tasks.

Please email after you have completed all three of the above tasks

GENI Portal Account Instructions

These instructions are to test if you are able to log into the GENI Portal using the username and password you use at your home institution. If it turns out this username and password does not work, we will create an account for you. (Note: GENI never sees your home institution username and password. For more information on how this works, see

  1. Go to and click the big orange "Use GENI" button.
  2. On the institution chooser page, select your home institution. The text entry field will auto-complete institutions if you type in a few characters. Or you can choose the "pick from list" option and find your institution in the drop down box.
  3. Click "Continue". You should be redirected to your home institution's login page.
  4. Type in your usual home institution Username and Password. Again, note this information is not sent to GENI.
  5. You should be redirected to a GENI agreement page.
  6. On the GENI agreement page, check the two boxes that indicate you agree to all policies and to let the portal work on your behalf. Then "submit" the page. Congratulations, you're done! You should now be at the portal home page and you are ready for the GENI tutorial.

Setup your laptop

Laptop Requirements

Verify your laptop meets these minimum requirements:

  • Runs a relatively recent version of Mac OS X, Windows or Linux (Mac OS X or Linux preferred)
  • 4GB of memory
  • A modern processor, at least dual core and >1.5 GHz, (no Intel Atom, no netbooks, no tablets)


Make sure to install the right software, following these instructions

Questions? Need more Information?

Please email

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