PPK Testbed Federates with PLE

We are pleased to announce the federation of the Private PlanetLab Korea (PPK) testbed with PlanetLab Europe (PLE), and other testbeds in the OneLab facility. PPK is the PlanetLab-based testbed of the KOREN national research and experimentation network in South Korea, headed by Professor Sue B. Moon. As of December 30th 2008 PPK runs a total of eight nodes at four different sites: KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), NIA (the Korean National Information Agency), Korea Telecom, and GIST (the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology).

Thanks to the concerted efforts of teams at two lead OneLab partners in France, UPMC and INRIA, and the South Korean university KAIST, yesterday full federation was achieved. From now on members of PPK will have access to all resources open to PLE members, and vice versa, increasing the geographic diversity of resources available to PLE (and OneLab) members, as well as offering PPK users access to hundreds of PLE nodes.

The federation was achieved using the PlanetLab implementation of SFA (Slice-based Federation Architecture). SFA is an emerging standard for networking testbed federation, and the PlanetLab implementation of SFA was developed jointly by OneLab partner INRIA (under the direction of OneLab Technical Director Thierry Parmentelat) and the University of Princeton in the USA.

Federation with OneLab is an opportunity for testbed providers to optimize their facilities. A federated testbed can grow its user numbers by making its facility available to those already using OneLab testbeds in Europe and across the world, while the testbed owner has access to an extensive scientific community and the possibility of scientific gain through exchanging best practices and comparing results. In addition, federation can offer the latest in computer networking tools to the testbed's current users.

For further information about OneLab's federation offer see the OneLab testbed federation page.

See also the PPK website.