The GEC began with a plenary session where Ken Calvert of the NSF described the NSF vision for TIPOFF and its relationship with other recent infrastructure initiatives such as PAWR; Manu Gosain, Project Director of PAWR, described the structure and plans of the new project office; and Shannon Mckeen of RENCI reported on the mission, structure and operations of the newly formed Future Cyberinfrastructure Consortium.
A series of three inter-related plenary demos presented emerging capabilities of software defined exchanges (SDXs) to coordinate diverse computing and networking resources, including software defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) across multiple administrative domains. Demonstrations drew on applications including data transfer, high-bandwidth video streaming, and service chaining in a network security context. These extremely ambitious demonstrations highlighted the ability to build sophisticated configurations of diverse resource types and domains, including research assets associated with different US research sponsorship organizations, a commercial cloud provider (Amazon web services) and collaborators abroad.
The plenary “Looking Ahead” session generated strong interest and conversations. It was an opportunity for the GENI community to discuss future directions for the GENI infrastructure. The session had two components. The first was an international component where researchers from six different countries (Netherlands, Canada, Russia, Brazil, South Korea, and Germany) discussed their testbed plans and potential collaborations with GENI and other US testbeds. The second was on some potential improvements/new capabilities identified as high interest for GENI. Four presentations briefly explored the capabilities and invited discussion on desirability and possible implementation.
The very lively GEC demo session featured nineteen demos and posters that showcased GENI-based research and education projects. The Steroid OpenFlow Service from Clemson University was voted best demo by the attendees.
Other sessions at the GEC included ones on GENI wireless deployments; experience reports from instructors and students who have used GENI for course assignments; presentations by researchers on their on-going work on GENI; and a developer roundtable session where GENI software transition and extensions to the aggregate manager and clearinghouse APIs were discussed.
Many thanks to Julio Ibarra, Jason Liu, Heidi Morgan, Vasilka Chergarova and the staff at the FIU Kovens Center for helping make this conference a success.
Please see: http://groups.geni.net/geni/wiki/GEC25Agenda for the conference agenda and copies of presentations, https://www.flickr.com/gp/130699296@N05/zBP45e for photographs from the conference and https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqEq6vGwyln-hBkpka-UqL2DQfuUPID-k for video recordings of the plenary sessions.
The second annual GENI NICE event was held on Monday December 12, 2016 at the National Academy of Sciences in Irvine, CA. The event, co-located with CoNEXT 2016, attracted 74 researchers and educators from academia, industry and government. Noteworthy aspects of NICE 2016 include:
The GENI NICE agenda included a panel on “What’s next for SDX research” organized by Russ Clark (Georgia Tech); a session on “Non-IP Experiments over GENI” organized by Nirmala Shenoy (RIT) and Abraham Matta (Boston University); and a session on “Applications and Services using the GENI Wireless Ecosystem” organized by Ivan Seskar (Rutgers University) and Abhimanyu Gosain (GENI Project Office).
Thanks to Abraham Matta (Boston University) and Violet Syrotiuk (Arizona State University) for pulling together the technical program, and to the organizers of CoNEXT for ensuring GENI NICE needs for space, networking and audio-visual equipment were met.
For more information on GENI NICE 2016, see http://www.geni.net/nice2016.
A GENI Regional Workshop (GRW) was hosted by Kuang-Ching Wang of Clemson University. The one and a half day workshop was held on Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3. Attendees included 35 students, 4 faculty and a testbed administrator.
Friday morning of the GRW featured two keynote talks: Michael Reiter of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill spoke on how Project Silver is addressing security in cloud computing infrastructures, and James Griffieon of the University of Kentucky described an OpenFlow based Science DMZ deployed on his campus. The attendees also heard from K-C Wang on how GENI transformed wired and wireless research projects led by him and others at Clemson by providing an infrastructure for exploration and validation by experimentation.
The Friday afternoon and Saturday morning sessions consisted of two tracks with hands-on tutorials on Getting Started with GENI, CloudLab, Hadoop, OpenFlow, Network Function Virtualization, GENI Wireless and MobilityFirst. Attendees were free to go between tracks and attend tutorials that matched their interests.
Many thanks to Prof. K-C Wang for hosting this GRW at short notice; to Violet Syrotiuk (Arizona State University), Linh Ngo (Clemson University), Geddings Barrineau (Clemson University), Ivan Seskar (Rutgers University) and Abraham Matta (Boston University) for leading tutorials; and Violet Syrotiuk and Abraham Matta for helping organize the event.
For more information on this GRW and for copies of presentations made at the workshop, see the workshop page.