Virtualized Sensing Environments (ViSE) and DiCloud. -- Michael Zink (UMASS)

Talk: Virtualized Sensing Environments (ViSE) and DiCloud. (GENI)
Speaker: Prof. Michael Zink, University of Massachusetts in Amherst
Location: Rundeturmstrasse 10 (S3 20), Room No. 111
When: 11.00 Hours on 17.8.2010


Abstract of talk:

The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is open and broadly inclusive, providing collaborative and exploratory environments for academia, industry and the public to catalyze groundbreaking discoveries and innovation in these emerging global networks.
In this talk I'll present our work on two GENI projects: Virtualized Sensing Environments (ViSE) and DiCloud.
The goal of ViSE is to extend our outdoor, wide-area sensor/actuator network testbed to support slivering and utilize a GENI candidate control framework (ORCA/Shirako), and then bring it into an environment of GENI federated testbeds. This includes: 1) Virtualization of your sensor/actuator system. 2) Integration with GENI-compliant Software Artifacts, including the use of Shirako software (part of the ORCA project) as the base for the control framework. 3) Making our testbed publicly available to GENI users.
The DiCloud project develops a complete environment for researchers to conduct data-intensive experiments in GENI from start (the data collection point) to finish (processing and archiving). To do so, this project will extend the GENI/ViSE sensor network testbed at UMass-Amherst and augment GENI Cluster D’s Orca control framework with capabilities for researchers to 1) obtain data-centric slices that span core sensornet nodes, data center nodes, and, importantly, storage volumes “in the cloud,” 2) deploy popular cloud computing programming paradigms to enable simple, but powerful, distributed data processing, and 3) execute experiment workflows to explicitly control experiment data flow and resource allocation across a network of components/aggregates.
I will conclude my talk with an outlook on future activities in the GENI program.



Bio. of Speaker:

Michael Zink is currently Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He works for the
NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of
Atmosphere. The center's goal is to revolutionize the way we observe,
understand, and predict hazardous weather by creating collaborative adaptive
sensing networks that sample the atmosphere. He is also involved in the NSF
GENI initiative where he and fellow UMass researchers investigate virtualized sensor
networks and data-intensive cloud computing.
His research is focussed on sensor networks and distribution networks for high
bandwidth data. Further research interests are in the areas of virtualization, with a
focus on virtualized sensors and network measurements.
Michael received his Ph.D. degree from Multimedia Communications Lab at
Darmstadt University of Technology in 2003.