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Copyright © 2016-2018 SoftFIRE and TU Berlin. Licensed under Apache v2 License.

Experiment Manager

The SoftFIRE Experiment Manager is the main component of the SoftFIRE middleware. Other managers can register to the experiment manager so that the Experiment Manager is able to redirect requests from the experimenter to the appropriate manager. The managers use the gRPC protocol for communication.

The main tasks of the Experiment Manager are:

  • Exposing an API for the dashboard and the SoftFIRE SDK
  • User authentication and authorization
  • Resource discovery
  • Resource reservation
  • Resource provisioning
  • Processing the experiment definition
  • Providing experiment monitoring

In the figure below you can see the work flow of the Experiment Manager interacting with the experimenter and other managers.

Technical Requirements

The Experiment Manager requires Python 3.5 or higher.

Installation and configuration

You can install the Experiment Manager using pip:

pip install experiment-manager

and then start it with the experiment-manager command.

Or you can run it from source code by cloning the git repository, installing the dependencies as specified in the file and executing the experiment-manager script.

The experiment manager needs a configuration file present at /etc/softfire/experimen-manager.ini. An example of the configuration file can be found here.

Issue tracker

Issues and bug reports should be posted to the GitHub Issue Tracker of this project.

What is SoftFIRE?

SoftFIRE provides a set of technologies for building a federated experimental platform aimed at the construction and experimentation of services and functionalities built on top of NFV and SDN technologies. The platform is a loose federation of already existing testbed owned and operated by distinct organizations for purposes of research and development.

SoftFIRE has three main objectives: supporting interoperability, programming and security of the federated testbed. Supporting the programmability of the platform is then a major goal and it is the focus of the SoftFIRE’s Second Open Call.

Licensing and distribution

Copyright © [2016-2018] SoftFIRE project

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");

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