Testbeds and Research Infrastructure. Development of Networks and Communities. 8th International ICST Conference, TridentCom 2012, Thessanoliki, Greece, June 11-13, 2012, Revised Selected Papers

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Federating Wired and Wireless Test Facilities through Emulab and OMF: The iLab.t Use Case

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-35576-9_25,
        author={Stefan Bouckaert and Pieter Becue and Brecht Vermeulen and Bart Jooris and Ingrid Moerman and Piet Demeester},
        title={Federating Wired and Wireless Test Facilities through Emulab and OMF: The iLab.t Use Case},
        proceedings={Testbeds and Research Infrastructure. Development of Networks and Communities. 8th International ICST Conference, TridentCom 2012, Thessanoliki, Greece, June 11-13, 2012, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={TRIDENTCOM},
        year={2012},
        month={12},
        keywords={testbed wireless wired emulab omf federation},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-35576-9_25}
    }
    
  • Stefan Bouckaert
    Pieter Becue
    Brecht Vermeulen
    Bart Jooris
    Ingrid Moerman
    Piet Demeester
    Year: 2012
    Federating Wired and Wireless Test Facilities through Emulab and OMF: The iLab.t Use Case
    TRIDENTCOM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-35576-9_25
Stefan Bouckaert1,*, Pieter Becue1,*, Brecht Vermeulen1,*, Bart Jooris1,*, Ingrid Moerman1,*, Piet Demeester1,*
  • 1: IBBT - Ghent University
*Contact email: Stefan.Bouckaert@intec.ugent.be, Pieter.Becue@intec.ugent.be, Brecht.Vermeulen@intec.ugent.be, Bart.Jooris@intec.ugent.be, Ingrid.Moerman@intec.ugent.be, Piet.Demeester@intec.ugent.be

Abstract

The IBBT iLab.t technology centre provides computing hardware, software tools and measurement equipment to support researchers and developers in building their ICT solutions, and in measuring the performance of these solutions. Among other things, the iLab.t hosts several generic Emulab-based wired test environments called the Virtual Walls, and two wireless test environments which are grouped under the name w-iLab.t. Until very recently, these wired and wireless test facilities each had their own history: they were deployed and maintained by a different group of people, were operated using different tools, and each had their own community of experimenters. This paper provides insight on the origin and evolution of the Virtual Wall and w-iLab.t facilities. It explains how these facilities were federated, by using the best parts of both the OMF and Emulab frameworks. It discusses the benefits of our local federation as well as our future federation plans.