GEYSERS project reached the end

The Generealised Architecture for Dynamic Infrastructure Services (GEYSERS) project has reached its end. In January 2010 we started an innovative and challenging project. GEYSERS’ vision was to qualify optical infrastructure providers and network operators with a new architecture, in order to enhance their traditional business operations.

This vision was driven by its architecture that addressed optical Cloud infrastructures. The challenges faced can be summarized as:

  • Network and IT resource abstraction.
  • Virtual IT and network infrastructure composition.
  • Integrated IT and network service provisioning.
  • Energy efficiency.
  • Scalability and dynamic re-planning of virtual infrastructures.

To address these challenges , we proposed a novel architecture that adopted the concepts of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and service oriented networking to enable infrastructure operators to offer net network and IT converged services. The architecture is composed by the following elements:

  • Logical Infrastructure Composition Layer (LICL), that is the layer responsible of abstracting and partitioning the underlying physical substrate. The LICL acsts as a middleware on top of the physical infrastructure and composes virtual infrastructures that are offered as a service towards the virtual infrastructure operators.
  • Enhanced Network Control Plane (NCP+), that is based on the Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) and Path Computation Element (PCE) architecture and includes a set of extensions both in terms of architectural elements and protocol procedures in order to meet the emerging requirements.
  • Service Middleware Layer (SML), which is the convergence layer utilized in order to coordinate management of IT resources belonging to an aggregate service.

GEYSERS novel architecture

The project has represented 39 months of continuous challenges. The consortium was composed of network operators, manufacturers, SMEs, software editors, universities, and research entities. We have built several pieces of software that were demonstrated in the final demonstrators:

  1. Virtual Infrastructures for the VIO
  2. Anycast services over Virtual Infrastructures
  3. Dynamic Cloud-based Enterprise Information System Scaling
  4. Advanced  Virtual Infrastructure and Service Management – Dynamic Re-planning

Although the project ended, most of the open-source software created is nowadays available at sourceforge; and there are new research projects where some of the partners involved in the project are still collaborating in order to strengthen the work produced in GEYSERS.

Check the youtube channel to see some of the outcomes of the project!

 

About Jordi Ferrer Riera

Graduated in Computer Science in June 2009 at Facultat d'Informàtica de Barcelona (FIB), centre belonging to the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). He achieved the Telematic Networks and Operating Systems profile. He joins the Network Technologies Cluster of the i2CAT foundation as a software engineer in early 2007 for developing the MANTICORE (Making APN Network Topologies in the Internet COREs) project (2007-2008). In 2008 he starts his collaboration in the FP6 EU funded integrated project PHOSPHORUS (Lambda User Controlled Infrastructure for European Research) IST-034115. In 2009 he also starts working in the MANTICORE II project, an enhanced version of the first proof-of-concept prototype. He also collaborates with the GLIF Generic Network Interface Technical Group (GNI-TG), adapting the Harmony Service Interface (HSI) to the GNI specification. In 2010, he starts collaborating actively in the FP7 EU funded GEYSERS (Generalised Architecture for Dynamic Infrastrucutre Services). He is currently a Ph. D. candidate of the Design and Evaluation of Broadband Networks and Services group within the Telematics Engineering Department of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). His research topics are focused on optical network virtualization, infrastructure as a service paradigm, on-demand broadband services, Grid and Cloud computing, dynamic hybrid resource allocation systems, and resource modelling.
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