Joining PlanetLab Europe
PlanetLab Europe is organized as a Consortium of academic, industrial, and government institutions. Institutions join PlanetLab Europe by taking the steps listed below. Individuals who want to use PlanetLab Europe must arrange to do so through their home institution.
Click here for a list of sites currently hosting PlanetLab nodes.
To begin the process, read the following consortium documents:
Apply for Membership
Register your institution and initial site by filling in the New Site Registration Form. (Note that the site uses a self-signed certificate and warnings from virtweb.cs.princeton.edu are normal.) As part of this process, a PDF of the Membership Agreement will be generated for you. Your application will be processed when you return a signed copy of this agreement. You will need to supply the following information about your institution:
All members (except at the Sponsor level) also need to supply the following information about their initial site.
You will also need to supply contact information (name, address, phone, fax, personal URL, and e-mail) for these roles:
Note that these roles do not have to be distinct people. For example, it is not uncommon for the Principal Investigator to be the same person as the Technical Contact.
It is essential that each institution, even if it does not pay dues, contractually engage to meet the site responsibilities and to hold its researchers to the acceptable use policy. We encourage Principal Investigators to seek out the highest possible official, to explain the importance of conducting network research in the real Internet, the risks that alarms might be raised by experimental traffic, and the safeguards that PlanetLab Europe has put in place to ensure accountability and rapid resolution of any incidents that might arise. Early understanding and support at the highest level will help later, if an incident does occur.
A member of the PlanetLab Europe support team will contact the Principal Investigator by email to establish contact, confirm the information provided, and respond to any questions.
A PDF of the Membership Agreement will be generated and sent to the Principal Investigator, who will ensure that two copies are printed and correctly signed both by themselves and the Authorizing Official, and sent to the PlanetLab Europe support team by post.
Once the Membership Agreement has been signed by both parties (your institution and UPMC, which represents the PlanetLab Europe Consortium), a member of the PlanetLab Europe support team will enable your site and contact the Principal Investigator by email with instructions of how to enable user accounts and install the required hardware.
When the required hardware has been correctly installed, your site’s slice creation rights will be enabled and you can begin creating slices and running experiments on the PlanetLab Europe testbed.
If you have questions about the PlanetLab Europe Consortium, contact email@example.com.
When your application is approved, all the persons listed above (except the Authorized Official) will receive e-mail notification. You will receive notification within 30 days of our receiving the signed agreement.
Once your membership application is approved, the second step is to connect machines at your institution to the PlanetLab infrastructure.
The connection process is documented in the Technical Contact's Guide. (If there are network administrators at your site that might be involved in supporting your PlanetLab nodes, have them read the Technical Contact's Guide as well.)
Some of the steps are outlined below:
If you need technical assistance connecting your machines to the PlanetLab Europe infrastructure, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.