The 18th GENI Engineering Conference (GEC), hosted by Prof. Thanasis Korakis of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, was held from Sunday October 27 through Tuesday October 29 in Brooklyn, NY.
GENI WiMAX resources played a prominent role at GEC18. Two plenary demonstrations were based on WiMAX:
- MobilityFirst Future Internet Architecture. Ivan Seskar and Kiran Nagaraja of Rutgers university demonstrated the MobilityFirst system using Android phones. The phones were connected to both WiMax and Wi-Fi infrastructures and exchanged traffic using non-IP, Mobility First routing.
- WiRover. Suman Banerjee of the University of Wisconsin led a demonstration of the WiRover system, designed to significantly enhance Internet connectivity to moving vehicles. Using a local WiRover box that used WiMAX, WiFi and 3G connectivity, Suman did a live video call from NYU Poly to a moving vehicle at downtown Wisconsin. The call was dynamically and automatically routed over the best available wireless link.
GENI WiMAX resources were also used by a tutorial on experimentation using GENI WiMAX resources. This tutorial was led by Fraida Fund of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Ivan Seskar of Rutgers University and Abhimanyu Gosain of the GENI Project Office.
GEC18 featured a number of tutorials ranging from introductory tutorials for newcomers to advanced OpenFlow tutorials. A three-part Getting Started with GENI tutorial that debuted at the last GEC was offered again, as were the popular OpenFlow and WiMAX tutorials. New at this GEC were tutorials on: (1) ToMaTo, a topology management tool from the German-Lab future Internet testbed project, and (2) Designing and running experiments using the LabWiki tool and the OMF Experiment Description Language.
New GENI Solicitation 4 projects that will be running shakedown experiments, developing GENI-based curriculum, building new experimenter tools or taking on GENI Rack operations and monitoring presented their project plans and explored opportunities for collaboration. Many of these projects presented posters at the GEC Posters and Demonstrations session.
International efforts at federating GENI with other research testbeds were discussed at the Federation Tools Support session. Aki Nakao (University of Tokyo) discussed the VNode architecture and the use of the Slice Exchange Point (SEP) to support joining slices from different federation; Brecht Vermeulen (Ghent University, Belgium) reviewed the jFed tool suite developed at iMinds to test federation API’s, stitching computation services and aggregate managers; Serge Fdida and Loic Baron (University Pierre & Marie Curie) discussed experiences in developing MySlice as a portal to the OneLab federation; and Vasilis Maglaris (National Technical University of Athens) reviewed his experiences with the recently completed NOVI project , describing lessons learned in areas of monitoring architectures, semantic resource description, virtual resource brokering and federated virtualization technologies.
The GEC18 Posters and Demonstration session featured over 30 posters and demonstrations of experiments related to GENI and federated international testbeds. Among those presenting posters were high school students who ran GENI WiMAX based experiments at a camp run by Fraida Fund of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
Details of the GEC sessions including presentations and tutorial material from these sessions are available at http://groups.geni.net/geni/wiki/GEC18Agenda. Video recordings of select sessions are available at http://www.youtube.com/user/GENIConference.
Workshop on GENI in Education. Jeanne Albrecht (Williams College), Jai Aikat and Kevin Jeffay (U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) organized this workshop in conjunction with GEC18. Over 25 faculty that teach graduate and undergraduate networking and distributed systems classes participated. The workshop included a keynote address by James Kurose, instructors sharing their experiences using GENI in their classrooms and breakout group discussions that addressed specific questions raised by participants who had never used GENI in their classes but were considering doing so. Feedback from the participants was excellent with many expressing an interest in a follow-on workshop.