TSSG is continuously developing its Software Defined Infrastructure testbed
Software Defined Storage (SDS) and Orchestration are firmly embedded in our infrastructure, and we are currently testing and reviewing our options regarding Software Defined Networking (SDN), with these three components in place, our Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) journey truly has begun.
We have adopted a common architecture across our service layer and physicel infrastructure, a Hyper Converged storage infrastructure, and a CLOS (Leaf/Spine) network.
OpenStack neutron provides a simple network provisioning layer; however once fully integrated with our physical networking devices via their APIs we start to use SDN.
Hyper Converged Infrastructure also brought an SDS layer to the offering, and whilst this is primarily for OpenStack we have also been able to utilise it with more traditional deployments and directly with VMs.
Standardisation of our network, compute, and storage infrastructure to mostly homogenous devices provides an easy path to systems Orchestration. This cookie-cutter approach coupled with Metal-as-a-Service (MAAS) and Orchestration enables us to deploy OpenStack from bare metal to fully functional in 90 mins. This approach was taken for all the SDI systems which ensures that any member of the team can deploy any part of our infrastructure.
We have already deployed multiple testbeds on this SDI, including Pervasive Nation (IoT) and an SDN/NFV Testbed. As well OpenStack on OpenStack, for additional experimentation and training, and multiple research project test and development environments.
Unified Communications Testbed (FAME)
The Unified Communications testbed provides a highly comprehensive, flexible and powerful platform for tests, validation, and evaluation of algorithms, protocols, tools etc. This testbed can be used to specifically refine and tune algorithms and knowledge-based systems which can’t be achieved through simulations. The size of the testbed and the users connected to it, make it possible to run tests that can evaluate scalability aspects which can be difficult if not possible to model and/or identify through simulations of models and algorithms. This testbed allows for evaluations of aspects of interoperability which is a key feature for systems that are to cope with heterogeneity and the challenges to bridge systems across domain boundaries.
The SDN/NFV platform provides testing, monitoring, control and virtualisation resources to enable the conformance, performance, interoperability and proof of concept testing of new and existing SDN and NFV technologies. In addition it leverages the orchestration features of the cloud computing platform for rapid prototyping and deployment.
The size of the testbed and the users connected to it, make it possible to run tests that can evaluate scalability aspects which can be difficult if not possible to model and/or identify through simulations of models and algorithms. This testbed allows for evaluations of aspects of interoperability which is a key feature for systems that are to cope with heterogeneity and the challenges to bridge systems across domain boundaries.
TSSG SDR platform is one of the only large-scale academic SDR testbed deployments in Ireland. It combines the natural surroundings of the Carriganore Campus at Waterford Institute of Technology with its variable terrain (many species of trees, rocks, hills, flat terrain, bodies of water) over 72 hectares (720000 square meters). It hosts programmable USRPs on easy to configure masts with single mode fibre connectivity to an on-site data centre. In the data centre, this radio platform is connected to private cloud infrastructure with allowing for scalable deployment of supporting components. This cloud infrastructure has already been used for experiments and deployments involving SDN, NFV, data analytics and pre-commercial projects with industrial partners.
Coming in 2018