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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

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: In cooperation with OIT at UMass-Amherst we have provided a VLAN connection from our control plane server to an Internet2 point-of-presence in Boston. An MOU was agreed upon with the UMass Office of Information Technology (OIT) regarding connecting Internet2 to the DOME and ViSE servers, along with VLAN access. The OIT contact is Rick Tuthill, tuthill email at The agreements include:
1) CS shall order OIT-provisioned network jacks in appropriate locations in the Computer Science building using normal OIT processes. (completed)
2) OIT shall configure these jacks into a single VLAN that shall be extended over existing OIT-managed network infrastructure between the Computer Science building and the Northern Crossroads (NoX) Internet2 Gigapop located at 300 Bent St in Cambridge, MA.
3) OIT agrees to provide a single VLAN for “proof-of-concept” testing and initial GENI research activities.
4) The interconnection of the provided VLAN between the NoX termination point and other Internet2 locations remains strictly the province of the CS researchers and the GENI organization.
5) This service shall be provided by OIT at no charge to CS for the term of one year in the interest of OIT learning more about effectively supporting network-related research efforts on campus.

In an email dated September 28th, 2009 Rick Tuthill of UMass-Amherst OIT updated us on the status of this connection, as follows:
6) The two existing ports at the CS building in room 218A and room 226 and all intermediary equipment are now configured to provide layer-2 VLAN transport from these networks jacks to the UMass/Northern Crossroads(NoX) handoff at 300 Bent St in Cambridge, MA.
7) The NoX folks are not doing anything with this research VLAN at this time. They need further guidance from GENI on exactly what they’re supposed to do with the VLAN.
8) Also, once IP addressing is clarified for this VLAN, we’ll need to configure some OIT network equipment to allow the selected address range(s) to pass through.

We intend this VLAN connection to service both the ViSE and the DOME testbeds. Note that Layer 2 ethernets will not extend to the DieselNet nodes, due to limitations in the existing deployed systems, but IP tunnels to the layer 2 VLAN termination points should be feasible for connecting mobile endpoints to the GENI virtual ethernets.

In the coming year, we have committed to planning with our peers in Cluster D and the GPO on how to best use this new capability. As part of this plan, and before we can send/receive traffic on this link, we will discuss the roles and capabilities of Internet2 in forwarding our traffic to its correct destination.

GPO Liason System Engineer

Harry Mussman

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