The cloud to network interface in the BonFIRE infrastructure

The network, with its connectivity resources and control mechanisms, is a basic enabler of cloud computing. However, it is often transparent to the service orchestration flow and treated by the state-of-the-art cloud middleware as an “always-on” service, capable of matching any bandwidth and/or latency requirements from the applications. BonFIRE (Building service testbeds for Future Internet Research and Experimentation) is a FIRE IP project whose main goal is to design, build and operate a multi-site, cloud-based facility. In its ‘Extended Cloud’ scenario, the BonFIRE project is studying the network implications on clouds. In particular, BonFIRE is designing mechanisms and interfaces (APIs) for offering virtual resources (compute/storage) jointly integrated with on demand dynamic network services to its experimenters. The design choice in BonFIRE is to interface to the GÉANT Bandwidth on Demand system (AutoBAHN) and realize the cloud to network automatic interoperation. The motivations behind this choice depend at first on the BonFIRE facility owners (academia, research centres and one NREN), who obtain access to the Internet via their respective national R&E networks (NREN) and GÉANT: for these parties, AutoBAHN is the reference BoD system. Moreover, AutoBAHN is currently the more mature BoD solution among those available in state of the art, both in terms of stability of the specification and availability in the nearly-production service; in fact, AutoBAHN is a core part of the Service Activities in the GN3 and BonFIRE is establishing liaisons with GN3 to be part of among the early users of the AutoBAHN pilot. The BonFIRE cloud to network interface and services (integrated with AutoBAHN) are part of the second competitive call for experiments recently launched by the BonFIRE project.



  • Gino Carrozzo, Nextworks

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