The OpenNaaS team is delighted to announce version 0.26 of the platform. This release was focused on extending the REST API of OpenNaaS to extend the possibilities of applications on top of OpenNaaS.
Find all the details about this release here: OpenNaaS 0.26 released.
Last week was without doubt one of the most important ones for the RINA community: for the second time all of us met to discuss, share ideas, present results and initiate new collaborations at the RINA workshop in Dublin. It was a great event, filled with the passion and energy we all share to bring this promising technology closer to real-world deployment. During the event the IRATI project presented the results of their work after one year of work.
Immediately after the workshop the PRISTINE project celebrated its kick-off meeting, planning the work of the first months of the project in order to get all the consortium up to speed. These are definitely exciting times for the RINA community!
Jornada de difusió de les possibilitats de participació de les organitzacions de l’entorn salut i social en el nou marc de finançament Horizon 2020 que organitza la Fundació TicSalut.
Link de la jornada: http://www.ticsalut.cat/actualitat/agenda-dactes-i-cursos/seccio/32/35/horizon-2020-una-oportunitat-per-innovar-en-salut-i-social
This new version of netconf4j comes with several new functionalities and improvements, e.g. support for server implementations.
Find the details here: Netconf4j 0.0.6 released.
Help4Mood es presenta com una iniciativa innovadora basada en la monitorització del pacient i la interacció del pacient amb un assistent virtual per tal de construir una eina que permeti donar suport al tractament des de casa. Durant la 1a jornada d’eSalut Mental, en la sessió dedicada a Help4Mood, es van presentar detalls de l’evolució i resultats previs a la validació final que es realitzarà a UK, Romania i Barcelona de forma imminent.
Mitjans com 324, TICbeat, El público o El confidencial han fet referencia l’esforç i resultats del projecte Help4Mood.
The event will center in the tòpic: "ICT as a tool to suport your health", and will have the participation of 25 speakers, who will show to attendees what is the EU strategy in eheath and will present a set of platforms and experiences, with a special session for the project Help4Mood.
There will be also available and exhibition space where the attendants will be able to see and test the submitted solutions.
For more detailed information about the conference schedule, check out the agenda.
Year 2014 has started and while preparing for the forthcoming H2020 calls, the last of our accepted FP7 projects, COSIGN, has officially launched on 1-1-2014. COSIGN will be a 36 month project targeting next generation data centre networks by combining novel optics and SDN technologies. DANA-i2CAT will lead work package 1 for the design of the architecture and the identification of new business and technological requirements. DANA-i2CAT will also bring to the project its expertise in virtualisation and SDN networks to build a service orchestrator able to manage and coordinate virtual Data Centre services on top of an optical substrate.
The official Kick Off meeting will be held between the 27th and 29th of January in Haifa (Israel), and will be hosted by IBM Israel.
In December we launched a campaign to rekindle the OpenNaaS community, the OpenNaaS Christmas Special. We organized a vote to determine the most wanted OpenNaaS feature, which will be implemented in 2014.
The choices were:
- Physical infrastructure: Enable OpenNaaS to obtain information about the physical infrastructure
- Pool of IPs: Add plugable IP assignment functionality, so that different implementation can be used depending on an organization’s need
- GUI: Create a generic GUI for OpenNaaS, offering graphical topology editing and the execution of commands, similar to the current CLI.
- WS in JSON: Offer the OpenNaaS webservices in JSON in addition to XML
- Capabilities: Implement additional capabilities like l2vpn, mpls/vpls, ibgp, ebgp
And the result:
- Physical infrastructure: 33%
- WS in JSON: 17%
- Generic GUI: 50%
We are looking forward to implementing the GUI in 2014, since it is a long sought-after feature. Finally, OpenNaaS will have a face!
Details can be found on the all-new OpenNaaS website http://opennaas.org/!
With the start of the new year we’re very happy to announce that a new funded FP7 project is joining the RINA family: ICT PRISTINE. PRISTINE will use RINA to develop practical, demonstrable, and commercially exploitable solutions to the market segments of network infrastructure (switching, controllers), cloud virtualisation & control layer, and network virtualisation services, which as a whole will benefit network service providers, cloud service providers, and enterprise data centres.
Read more here.
Wikipedia says a tradition is a belief or behavior passed own within a group or society with a symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. Technically speaking thus, the Christmas photo of the group has become a tradition in these dates. Obviously, we need to consider Wikipedia holds technical reliable content to make the previous assumption, but that’s another story I’ll go through at some other time. So coming back to the tradition track, Christmas is already here, and so is our photo…
Oh wait! It is animated! (Hm… yes, what an epic shot!)
During 2013 we have pushed ourselves one step further. In these days, we have strengthened our position as a group, the three research lines are working towards their corresponding objectives. Future Internet Test-beds, Infrastructure Control and Management, and RINA research lines are nowadays involved in several European research projects, at the same time that they are preparing themselves for the new H2020 research framework of the European Commission. Projects, papers, prototypes, journal articles, data analysis, results evaluation, designs and developments, demonstrations, meetings, protocol implementations, and much more exciting and interesting stuff is on their daily agendas.
Meanwhile, professional services group positioned itself as a key component of the Distributed Applications and Networks Area, and it is continuously enhancing the OpenNaaS framework as well as finishing different customer projects that transform the research knowledge acquired along the different years into actual products . We have enhanced the relationships among the different areas with professional services members, which leads us to develop more robust prototypes for the different projects.
And as usual, some people left (we wish you the best you all!), and some new ones joined (we also wish you the best!). Globally, the DANA family has grown itself and it is nowadays well-established over more than twenty members. But… during 2013 we also faced some internal changes within the coordination team. Sergi left us to be the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of the whole i2CAT Foundation, and Joan Antoni became the new Director of the DANA. Furthermore, 2013 is the 10th anniversary of the i2CAT Foundation… Yeah! We are 10 years old (and hopefully we will be here for 10 more years!).
Thus… from these lines… all the DANA team, including all those who left, and all those who joined, wishes you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hopefully 2014 will be plentiful of new successful stories to be told! And please, remember to keep connected to us through this blog, our twitter account, or even subscribe to our newsletter!
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” -Bob Hope
And following some of the outtakes…
The OFELIA FP7 project started on September 2010, aimed to develop the first OpenFlow test environment (testbed) in Europe that would support Future Internet researches (that is, including virtualization and network control through the OpenFlow-enabled equipment that would be also extended to wireless and optical technologies). You may find here more information about it.
After 3 years of work, the partners met with this past November with the European Comission’s designated reviewers at Brussels, in order to assess the project’s outcomes. Although the final review report is yet to be issued, the preliminary comments at the meeting were that an excellent work had been made.
During this three past years, the project has designed and established the federation between different islands or infrastructures, as well as improving and extending the Control Framework for the testbeds with new modules that allow different types of equipment to be interconnected. i2CAT’s role there has been to lead the development work package, therefore coordinating and joining the efforts to define its architecture, development and integration as well as proposing future lines of work.
All in all, even when the FP7 project lifetime may have come to an end, and as stated in the meeting: “there is no requiem for OFELIA, it is no dead at all”. For that matter, the OFELIA consortium agreed on keeping the testbeds available in order for the infrastructure to be as open and free to use as it has been from the beginning.
Interested in experimenting with it? Then register and get started here. You can get also in touch with other users in this list and provide technical feedback in the OFELIA GitHub site. Or maybe you are interesting in collaborating: yes, OFELIA Control Framework is also open for development. You can dive into its code and documentation, develop your own plug-ins or templates and propose it as an extension for the framework.
On December 4th and 5th, the final review for the FP7 BonFIRE project took place on Bristol, where i2CAT and other participants would reunite. At the same time and location, CloudCom2013 was taking place. As participant and conference sponsor, BonFIRE sent a paper+poster and organized the UNICO workshop that addressed subjects such as federation with OpenStack in multi-cloud testbeds, host-level contention detection by guest VMs, a set of use cases making use of the BonFIRE testbeds and others.
The outcome of the past 3 ½ years has been definitely very satisfactory from both the technical and the management dimensions, being therefore assessed as excellent.
At the date of the end of this project, there are 7 geographically distributed testbeds offering compute, storage and networking cloud resources:
The four key concepts on which the project focused are:
- Observability: metrics for infrastructure, VMs and applications, API to monitoring, known physical host for execution and its architecture
- Control: contention of malicious patterns, exclusive access to physical host, controlled physical host for execution, emulated packet-loss and latency
- Advanced features: bandwidth on demand, VM migration, bursting to commercial clouds, energy and CO2 metrics
- Ease of use: portal GUI and API builder, declarative experiment descriptor to improve automation, REST API to all functions, extensive documentation
Altogether conform a robust set of tools that ease the use for experimenters by letting them access and control their cloud resources in different ways. The building blocks for some of the previous features can be observed in the architecture diagram:
i2CAT contributed further to the observability and advanced features with the following:
- Interconnection with FEDERICA network resources to request/allocate network resources. This extended the BonFIRE experimental resources with managed, geographically dispread virtual networks offered by the FEDERICA infrastructure.
Thanks to the SFA API provided by the NOVI project it is possible to create network slices on top of FEDERICA physical equipment. These network slices are isolated from each other and there is no performance interference between users experiments thanks to the virtualization capabilities offered by the JUNIPER equipment deployed in FEDERICA.
- The centralization of the logic for distributing the monitoring messages to the different software modules and providing the structure to increase the information accessed by any experimenter
On the dissemination side it is worth to point out that a number of case studies (HOPBOP, KOPFIRE, MEDIAFIRE, P2P@Clouds, SILICON) were performed by experimenters, according to their needs – more details at the YouTube channel.
Last but not least important, there’s the Open Access initiative to keep the testbed open (as previously explained) to experiment proposals until 2015. Applicant’s proposals will be approved subject to a review by the BonFIRE Foundation.
We were invited by Barcelona Centre de Disseny (BCD), the local partner of DAA project, to show our expertise in provide user driven approaches, as Living Labs, developing ITC solutions to face dementia problems for these patients and their careers.
Some participants during the workshop
On November 26th we conducted a practical workshop in our facilities to explore the use of tablet computers in providing new services that could help these dementia patients and their careers to improve the communication and to get the feeling of a "closer" service from healthcare and social care areas.
One month ago I attended to ICT2013, which was held in Vilnius, to present my research project because I was one of the finalists chosen in the Student ICT Research Project Competition.
It was the first time I attended a conference like this, where all ICT interests of Europe are focused there. I had a good impression about the entire event. Regarding the organization, the event was perfect, it is not easily prepare an event like this, in which so many people with different ideas show several interesting projects.
For the part that corresponds me, I spent a lot of time in the Student’s Corner, where we were all students. However, it was interesting to attend in some conferences about the actual ICT ideas and take a tour of the exhibitors in order to see several important projects. We meet a lot of people, we saw other projects and explore new ideas. In addition, I presented my ICT project based on my Master Thesis. I must admit I was very nervous on my first presentation in front of quite people, and much more when I had to make a detailed explanation about the project to the evaluators of the European Commission. However, I presented and everything went pretty well; I won the competition!
To conclude, I want to emphasize that I lived a great experience. I met a lot of people during these three days, mostly, students from all Europe. In addition, I want to say thanks to the organizers of ICT2013 to provide this opportunity to the students to enjoy this great event, and to present our research project. Finally, but not less important, I want to say thanks to i2CAT members because they help me a lot, in all of aspects during the realization of my Master Thesis, and also in order to make more easier the exposition of my project in Vilnius.
We are very happy to announce that there is a new research initiative in the RINA family: the IRINA project. IRINA (Investigating RINA as the next generation NREN and GEANT architecture), is one of the winners of the GEANT3+ first open call. More information is available at the IRATI project website.