BonFIRE brings together leading testbed providers to offers a pan-European federation of test beds for large scale experimentation of cloud and service technologies. Each testbed provider offers resources using an Infrastructure-as-a-Service delivery model which are then provisioned for experimentation using BonFIRE methodologies and tools.
Most of the testbed providers offer both permanent and on-request resources.
Permanent resources target experimenters who are tackling smaller scale
problems and require fast access. On-request resources are for
larger-scale experiments and will be made available on request for
specific experiments. Moreover, the on-request functionality also allows you to reserve a physical machine (or cluster of physical machines) exclusively to your experiment.
The set of testbeds currently offered by BonFIRE is shown in Figure 1, which comprises EPCC, HP, iMinds, Inria, USTUTT, PSNC and Wellness Telecom (WT). Detailed information about the infrastructure offerings is maintained [here].
Figure 1: BonFIRE Infrastructure Overview
Deploying and accessing resources on the different testbeds is done in a seamless manner via the BonFIRE API, which is based on OCCI. Since the availability of public IP addresses varies across the testbeds, BonFIRE implements a WAN to which all VMs can be connected. SSH Gateways are in place at every testbed, allowing experimenter to connect to the VMs that are not publicly accessible, using SSH. Moreover, each testbed is connected via the BonFIRE WAN, which means you can access VMs on any testbed via a single SSH Gateway.
EPCC is a leading European centre of expertise in advanced research, technology transfer and the provision of supercomputer services to academia and enterprise. EPCC provides world-class computing facilities for scientists and collaborates with researchers in areas ranging from particle physics to cosmology, novel materials to combustion and climate modelling to energy. Our work not only benefits scientific research, but generates new techniques and approaches that are taken up by the industry.
1 server Intel Xeon E5620 (2x4 cores) 2x 148GB + 12x 2TB
Established in 1967, Inria is the only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences in France.
Founded in 1829, the foremost aim of the Universität Stuttgart (USTUTT) in research and teaching lies in the fields of engineering and the natural sciences.The university with its 140 institutes distributed over 10 faculties, 5,000 employees, and about 20,000 students - among them 3,000 young men and women from all over the world - has a strong impact in Baden-Württemberg, Germany’s traditional high-tech region.
The iMinds organisation, formally known as IBBT (Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology) is an independent research institute founded by the Flemish government to stimulate ICT innovation, and hosts the iLab.t technology and knowledge centre to support experimental multi-disciplinary research for Future Internet technologies.
The Virtual Wall in iLab.t is a generic test and emulation environment for advanced network, distributed software and service evaluation, supporting scalability research. It consists of 100 nodes, interconnected via a non-blocking central switch, and a display wall of 20 monitors for experiment visualization.
The iMinds Virtual Wall supports experimenters with a fully controlled network environment, where various network topologies can be defined and link capacities and impairments (packet loss rate, delay, background traffic) can be adapted on-the-fly.
The Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre (PSNC) is an active research and development centre involved in numerous national and European projects in the field of networking, media, clouds and services. It is also responsible for the development and management of the national research & educational network (PIONIER) in Poland.
Wellness strengthens its cloud business line with the creation of Squada, the new company division focused on Cloud Computing and IT systems. Through this brand, it offers ISP (Internet Service Provider) and CSP (Cloud Service Provider) services. Wellness Telecom uses VMware solutions for cloud computing. Overall, VMware stands out as the cloud leader – and in particular, a leader in enterprise hybrid cloud solutions – due to the reach and maturity of its on-premises and off-premises offerings: IaaS solutions, its broad service provider ecosystem for IaaS, the industry-leading vFabric PaaS suite, Cloud Foundry for open standardsbased PaaS, a broad portfolio of virtualization and cloud management solutions, and aggressive development of cross-cloud enabling tools and interfaces to bring them all together. In a recent Gartner market analysis of cloud services providers, four out five top service providers work with VMware technologies.
Wellness Telecom provides 8 dedicated nodes as permanent resources with a total pool of 120 GHz (Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2640 2.50 GHz 95W 6C/15MB Cache/DDR3 1333MHz). Each node has 8GB of RAM memory (DDR3-1600-MHz RDIMM/PC3-12800/dual rank/1.35v) with a total of 3TB of storage capacity in the Storage Area Network (SAN).