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The 14th GENI Engineering Conference (GEC14) was held in Boston on July 9-11, featuring a glimpse into the rapidly emerging future of at-scale GENI. In a packed plenary session on Tuesday morning, the conference’s 250+ attendees were briefed on key elements of GENI’s plan to scale up to 100-200 campuses. Highlights of the session included demonstrations of ExoGENI and InstaGENI, the two GENI rack designs planned for near-term deployment across the U.S.
Newcomers and experienced GENI experimenters participated in seven tutorials, covering many aspects of GENI resources and experiment development. New tutorials highlighted not only how to use GENI resources, such as ExoGENI and InstaGENI racks and WiMAX wireless base stations, but also the associated experimenter tools and instrumentation capabilities, such as the OMF control and management framework and GIMI and GEMINI instrumentation suites.
Two very successful workshops were held in conjunction with GEC14. On Sunday, July 8, Jeannie Albrecht of Williams College led an NSF-sponsored workshop on designing tools and curricula for undergraduate courses in distributed systems. Approximately thirty attendees from U.S. institutions discussed new innovations and approaches, including the use of shared testbeds such as GENI by educators teaching distributed systems classes. Thursday, July 12 featured a workshop for university chief information officers (CIOs) to discuss the advantages of GENI-enabling their campuses and the technical steps required. Thirty-seven attendees participated in this session.
Another key theme of GEC14 was international collaboration. Attendees had the opportunity to see an early demonstration of the Slice Around the World initiative, which demonstrated a scientific visualization
application running live in a international configuration spanning ten countries in Australia, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Many of these participants then met to develop plans for additional such collaborations in the future.
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