Project Progress

Emulation EULER project experiments on the OFELIA platform

17 April 2012

In the context of collaboration between the OFELIA and EULER projects, tests were executed at IBBT to enable Quagga-based routing scheme experimentation on the OFELIA platform using RouteFlow as a virtualization platform.  The succesful outcome of these tests enables the execution of emulation experiments of EULER on the OFELIA platform.

 

 

 

 

 

Projects OFELIA and EULER in discussion on possible collaboration

17 April 2012

The EU projects OFELIA <http://www.fp7-ofelia.eu/> and EULER <http://www.euler-fire-project.eu/> held a first meeting with the scope to establish a possible collaboration on using the OFELIA experimental platform and improving their facility with the EULER tools.

 

 

 

 

 

OFELIA island at i2CAT in Barcelona was recently used to prove and showcase a degree thesis on Power Aware Routing

5 April 2012

i2CAT’s island in Barcelona was recently used to prove and showcase a degree thesis on Power Aware Routing taking advantage of the SDN paradigm and OpenFlow technology.

http://dana.i2cat.net/research-projects-in-ofelia/research/#more-2401

 

 

 

OFELIA OpenCall update -- deadline extended; video conferences for questions and answers

6 March 2012

The submission deadline for the OFELIA second OpenCall was extended to 18 April 2012, 17:00 Brussels time. The call, details regarding the proposal process and a FAQ section can be found at  http://www.fp7-ofelia.eu/open-calls/2nd-open-call/.

Two video conferences are scheduled where additional information about the call and answers to related questions will be provided.

Details are on the call page.

Second OFELIA Open Call

18 February 2012

The Second OFELIA Open Call is Open for Proposals Until March 28th, 2012, 17:00 Brussels time.

The call, details regarding the proposal process and a FAQ section can be found here.

OFELIA Control Framework improved

5 December 2011

The public open of OFELIA facility is now running version 0.14 of the OFELIA Control Framework (OCF). This is the fifth stable version of the experiment management software, which counts several improvements since its first release.

  • Better notification system through Message Panel and email, for users and administrators.
  • GUI improvements regarding data visualization and workflow.
  • AJAX technology for real-time resource status monitoring.
  • Installation and update processes simplified by the usage of the ofver v0.21 tool (http://code.google.com/p/ofver/wiki/Wiki).
  • Extensive bug fixing and improvements pointing to better stability based on the public experience.

In all the islands different projects have been registered and various experiments are already ongoing. OFELIA facility users mainly are from Europe, but the testbed also attracted interest and experimenters from the U.S., Latin America and China.

 

The public open of OFELIA facility is  now running version 0.14 of the OFELIA Control Framework (OCF). This is the fifth stable version of the experiment management software, which counts several improvements since its first release.

         Better notification sy

The public open of OFELIA facility is now running version 0.14 of the OFELIA Control Framework (OCF). This is the fifth stable version of the experiment management software, which counts several improvements since its first release.

• Better notification system through Message Panel and email, for users and administrators.

• GUI improvements regarding data visualization and workflow.

• AJAX technology for real-time resource status monitoring.

• Installation and update processes simplified by the usage of the ofver v0.21 tool (http://code.google.com/p/ofver/wiki/Wiki).

• Extensive bug fixing and improvements pointing to better stability based on the public experience.

In all the islands different projects have been registered and various experiments are already ongoing. OFELIA facility users mainly are from Europe, but the testbed also attracted interest and experimenters from the U.S., Latin America and China

 

stem through Message Panel and email, for users and administrators.

         GUI improvements regarding data visualization and workflow.

         AJAX technology for real-time resource status monitoring.

         Installation and update processes simplified by the usage of the ofver v0.21 tool (http://code.google.com/p/ofver/wiki/Wiki).

         Extensive bug fixing and improvements pointing to better stability based on the public experience.

In all the islands different projects have been registered and various experiments are already ongoing. OFELIA facility users mainly are from Europe, but the testbed also attracted interest and experimenters from the U.S., Latin America and China

Two new partners, three new islands, many new research areas through the first Open Call

12 September 2011

Since August 1, the OFELIA consortium has two new partners: CNIT and CREATE-NET, both from Italy, joined the project.

The partners came in through the Open Call for extension that closed end of March and will remain with us to the end of the project. Two proposals (out of 21) were selected by independent reviewers, both extending the project, but in different directions.

In the sub-project VeRTIGO (the new OFELIA work package WP8), the FlowVisor tool will be empowered with native Network Virtualization capabilities in order to provide enhanced flexibility in the setup of logical topologies. VeRTIGO will build on top of the previous experience obtained by the proposers with the implementation of a preliminary version of such an architecture (called ADVisor). In particular two different slicing mechanisms will be proposed and their performance benchmarked on both an OFELIA island as well as on the new OFELIA island in Trento, a facility that will be customized according to OFELIA project guidelines and integrated into OFELIA’s federated testbed itself. The overall VeRTIGO architecture will integrate with the OFELIA control framework to allow users to create virtual topologies within all OFELIA islands.

VeRTIGO will be implemented by the new partner CREATE-NET (more information on the new partners below).

The second sub-project EXOTIC (new work package WP9) aims at enhancing OFELIA by introducing addressing and routing solutions to support

Content-centric Networking (CCN) functionality, extending the typology of experiments that can be run on OFELIA, with focus on CCN functionality and applications. CCN is a new networking paradigm in which the network layer provides users with contents, instead of providing communication channels between hosts, and is aware of such contents.

EXOTIC establishes a strong trait d’union between OFELIA and a running FP7 project named CONVERGENCE (http://www.ict-convergence.eu/) improving scope and quality of the experimentation that CONVERGENCE can perform over the OFELIA facility and the take-up of the feedback provided by CONVERGENCE within OFELIA. CONVERGENCE is designing a content-centric, publish-subscribe service model, based on a common container for any kind of digital data and will implement real-world tests.

As an additional contribution the new partner CNIT increases the physical extension of the OFELIA facility by adding two more islands in Italy, one in Rome and one in Catania.

 

Information about the new partners:

CNIT (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni, http://www.cnit.it) is a non-profit Association, bringing together 37 major Italian Universities. The main purpose of the Consortium is to foster research activity and provide networking support to specific projects in telecommunications. CNIT has been (and is currently) involved in a large number of research projects in all fields of telecommunications, funded by national and international public and private organizations which it manages through Research Units staffed by personnel from universities participating in the Consortium. Within OFELIA, CNIT’s participation will be managed by the networking research group of Università di Roma – Tor Vergata (http://netgroup.uniroma2.it/, led by Prof. Nicola Blefari Melazzi.

CREATE-NET (www.create-net.org) is an independent multi-disciplinary research centre, founded in Trento (Italy) in 2003. CREATE-NET is or has been involved in 22 European projects, 8 FP6-IST ones and 14 FP7-ICT ones. CREATE-NET has been coordinator of FP6-FET BIONETS IP, FP6 ONE STREP, FP6 SAMBA STREP and FP7 MONARCA STREP projects. Research lines pursued at CREATE-NET in the recent years resulted in both baseline theoretical research and applied or industrial research. Within OFELIA, CREATE-NET's participation will be managed by the Engineering and Fast Prototyping (ENGINE) group led by Dr. Elio Salvadori.

 

ETHZ deploys a new series of server machines for hosting experiments

10 June 2011

ETH Zurich (www.ethz.ch) has purchased and received 3 powerful servers (Quad Core Intel Xeon, E5620 2.4GHz, 36GB RAM, 2TB disk space) to improve support for future experiments in the Zurich OFELIA Island. The team at ETHZ is currently integrating these new server devices with the existing switching infrastructure based on NEC’s IP8800 series of switches and the OFELIA control framework (FlowVisor, opt-in manager, expedient). Capable of hosting various simultaneous experiments, the servers will also provide a perfect environment for conducting performance tests for single experiments.

 

 

 

 

Barcelona I2CAT’s island is undergoing a major upgrade

10 June 2011

In Barcelona, I2CAT’s island is undergoing a major upgrade in May 2011: To the current island's hardware, composed of five SuperMicro 4 CPU and 12GB memory servers and five 24-port OpenFlow-enabled NEC switches, an extra set of three HP E3500-48G-PoE+ yl switches will be added, conforming a topology with up to 360 1Gb Ethernet copper ports, and up to 16 optical SFP 10Gb ports. The new switches will allow i2cat's island to conform a very dense meshed network topology between the OpenFlow switches, and hence empowering experimentation in a variety of fields such as routing or load balancing.

 

IBBT’s virtual wall integral part of OFELIA enabling emulation of large scale OpenFlow test scenarios

10 June 2011

Another highlight since start of this year is the integration of IBBT’s virtual wall: For emulation of large scale OpenFlow test scenarios, e.g. for conducting scalability experiments, the shared IBBT virtual wall and wireless test-bed have become available to OFELIA users. Based on the Emulab approach and featuring 100 servers that can easily be interconnected in different topologies, the virtual wall allows large-scale OpenFlow experiments and beyond that, due to software emulation, it also offers an environment for experiments focusing on modifying/enhancing the OpenFlow protocol itself rather than being restricted to a single OpenFlow version. And, by interconnecting to the w-iLab.t wireless test-bed, which has a similar setup as it features 200 embedded PCs with 2 WiFi interfaces on which OpenFlow capable software switches can be deployed, OFELIA now makes another step towards more advanced wireless OpenFlow research.

 

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