February 2011


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Facility Features
The BonFIRE Project has a rich feature set to support a wide range of innovative service and cloud experiments

the driving experiments P.1 facility features P.1 first open call summary P.2 testbed infrastructure map P.2

Access to multiple heterogeneous cloud testbeds using a single experiment descriptor

What researchers are already doing with BonFIRE
Experiment Engineering 2: for QoS-Oriented Federated Service (IT Clouds

Geographically distributed experiments

Innovation). This experiment aims to research how to predict the performance of applications deployed on different

Elasticity to dynamically up and down scale resources in a running experiment, including cross-site elasticity The BonFIRE facility is a new testbed for Internet of Services experimentation. To






geographically dispersed sites, each with different hardware characteristics. Through a single

BonFIRE portal this experiment will define, access and monitor infrastructure from for resources. the Virtual Using Wall, cloud

make sure we are ready for your research, we have three driving experiments from leading industrial service providers and



Advanced network control and emulation on the IBBT Virtual Wall testbed




research centres to help define requirements, test facility services and demonstrate the added value of Future Internet research using BonFIRE.

applications will be explored.

Experiment 3: Elasticity in Cloud-based web applications (ATOS). This experiment is investigating new policies and

Monitoring at both the infrastructure and application level
Experiment 1: Dynamic Service Landscape Orchestration for internet of services (SAP and

algorithms for automatic scaling of web applications. It makes use of BonFIRE’s access to resources on demand and the detailed monitoring of virtual machine containers. Deployments of software in

Deployment of different software stacks within configurable virtual machines

HP). This experiment is investigating the cost of software testing throughout the service lifecycle for cloud deployable applications. BonFIRE is used to define

large multi-national companies often span many locations. Realistic deployments will be tested by making use of BonFIRE’s geographically separated

the experiment, to deploy the software under test in

Repeatable experiments with experimental data management


virtual machines and to monitor a variety of metrics related to the progress of tests, performance of software and cloud infrastructure resources.

The BonFIRE Project Issue 02 Feb 2010

Open Call Deadline 9th March 2010
The 1 BonFIRE open call for advanced cloud and service experiments has now been announced but you need to be quick because applications must be received by 9th March 2011

First Open Call What you need to know
We have summarised the essential information you need to know about BonFIRE’s first open call. Find out how your research can benefit from partnering with us.

Who? Academics and companies The BonFIRE project will
Objectives of the call Your experiment should exploit the unique features of BonFIRE (see page 1). Experiments should chose if they intend to use several BonFIRE sites, interconnected through the internet or use nodes connected over the We are mainly looking for controlled network in the Virtual Wall at IBBT. Experiments should propose interest to the researcher. BonFIRE provides coordinated

support researchers to set up How many experiments? We estimate 4 experiments will be funded, with one or two organisations per experiment and run their experiments. We provide describing, managing, methods for

access to five sites using an OCCI interface. Sites use Xen or KVM as hypervisors and Open Nebula or HP Cells to manage the VMs. For this first open call, the

deploying, executing and

measuring experiments in our distributed cloud environment.

How much money? 750k€ in total funding, maximum of 200k€ per experiment

“permanent resources” will be made available to the experiments (see the map below). A standard experiment may request 40-50 VMs and the largest would use at most 150 VMs (one per core). Larger experiments would require the “on request”

experiments that want to trial beta software technologies or semi-

mature results of IoS projects. For

innovative usage scenarios exploiting the multiple dimensions and scale of the facility.

When? Experiments start June 2011, duration less than 12 months
example, an SME with beta technology, research partners with results of an IoS call 1 project or academics with innovative computer

capacity which is not yet available. Technical details An experiment comprises a collection of virtual machines (VMs) containing the services and applications of Those experiments more interested in having access to a managed network may make use of the Virtual Wall facility at IBBT.

Deadline: 2011-03-09 at 1700 (Brussels time)

science technology.

However, we

certainly do not limit experiments to these areas!

Call identifier: BonFIRE-1-New experiments

Testbed Infrastructure Map
EPCC Permanent resources 9x4 3TB 64 tbc On request resources

You can find all the information you need to make your application on the BonFIRE website:

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IBBT 8x2 3TB 100x2 31TB

Site CPUs x cores Total disc CPUs x cores Total disc

Gigabit ethernet multiple interfaces HP 32x4 5TB SAN 96 32TB 9x4 3TB INRIA 1619x4 varying Uni Stuttgart 10x4 2TB 563 64TB


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