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Project Number


Project Title

Sensor Virtualization and Slivering in an Outdoor Wide-Area Wireless GENI Sensor/Actuator Network Testbed
a.k.a. ViSE, VISE (short name for tickets), Sensor/Actuator Network (obsolete)

Technical Contacts

Principal Investigator: Prashant Shenoy University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Co-Principal Investigator: Michael Zink University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Co-Principal Investigator: Deepak Ganesan University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Co-Principal Investigator: Jim Kurose University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Research Staff: David Irwin University of Massachusetts, Amherst David Irwin

ViSE team is pictured from left to right: Navin Sharma (graduate student), Prashant Shenoy (PI), David Irwin (Research Scientist), and Michael Zink (Co-PI). Deepak Ganesan and Jim Kurose (both Co-PIs) are not pictured.

Participating Projects and Organizations

ViSE web site
Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA)
UMassAmherst, Amherst, MA


The scope of work on this project is to extend your outdoor, wide-area sensor/actuator network testbed to support slivering and utilize a GENI candidate control framework (ORCA/Shirako), and then bring it into an environment of GENI federated testbeds. This includes: 1) Virtualization of your sensor/actuator system. 2) Integration with GENI-compliant Software Artifacts, including the use of Shirako software (part of the ORCA project) as the base for the control framework. 3) Making your testbed publicly available to GENI users, starting in year 1, and integrate it into an environment of GENI federated testbeds by the end of year 2. 4) Providing documentation for testbed users, administrators, and developers.

Current Capabilities

The scope of work on this

ViSE Node Deployment on UMass CS Building (with Mt. Toby in background)

ViSE Node Equipment

ViSE Node Equipment Detail

Photo of OTG Node ViSE Node Deployment at UMass MA2 Tower

VISE node on firetower (converted from .tiff original in VISE images ViSE Node Deployment on Mt. Toby Fire Tower


MilestoneDate(ViSE: 1a Assembly of three x86 sensor nodes)? status
MilestoneDate(ViSE: 1b Field deployment of three sensor nodes)? status
MilestoneDate(ViSE: 1c Initial Shirako/ORCA integration-)? status
MilestoneDate(ViSE: 1d Operational web portal and testbed; Application demo)? status
MilestoneDate(ViSE: 1c2 Complete initial Shirako/ORCA integration-)? status
MilestoneDate(ViSE: 1e Contingent upon availability of reference implementation of Shirako/ORCA at 6 months, import and then integrate)? status
MilestoneDate(ViSE: 1f Complete Xen sensor virtualization)? status
MilestoneDate(ViSE: 1g Contingent upon available budget, provide a VLAN connection from your testbed to the Internet2)? status
MilestoneDate(ViSE: 1h Virtualization of actuators; single guest VM; demo)? status
MilestoneDate(ViSE: 1i Testbed available for public use within our cluster)? status
ViSE: 1out Outreach activites for year 1 status

Project Technical Documents

Website maintained by UMassAmherst: ViSE web site

"Simulation of Minimal Infrastructure Short-Range Radar Networks"
OTGsim: Simulation of an Off-the-Grid Radar Network with High Sensing Energy Cost
"ViSE Substrate Description"
VSense: Virtualizing Stateful Sensors With Actuators
MultiSense: Fine-grained Multiplexing for Steerable Sensor Networks

Quarterly Status Reports

ViSE: 4Q08 Status Report
ViSE: 1Q09 Status Report
ViSE: 2Q09 Status Report
ViSE: 3Q09 Status Report
ViSE: 3Q09 Status Report

Spiral 1 Connectivity

Location of equipment: For Spiral 1, work will be done in a lab at UMassAmherst and at three field locations in Massachusetts.

Equipment information is found at "ViSE Substrate Description"

Layer 3 Connectivity: IP access will be through UMass Amherst's campus network, using their public IP addresses.

Layer 2 Connectivity: There is currently no usable layer2 connection to the UMass Amherst lab available for GENI (this is the same lab that the DOME project uses). The project is investigating the possibility of installing local fiber that could enable a connection to NLR through an appropriate regional network. If installed, this fiber would support both the DOME and ViSE projects. Field locations might be accessed via IP tunnels or layer2 VLANs--investigation is ongoing.

IT contact at UMass Amherst ?

GPO Liason System Engineer

Harry Mussman

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