Integrated scientific workflow management for the Emulab network testbed

Eric Eide, Leigh Stoller, Tim Stack, Juliana Freire, Jay Lepreau

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The main forces that shaped current network testbeds were the needs for realism and scale. Now that several testbeds support large and complex experiments, management of experimentation processes and results has become more difficult and a barrier to high-quality systems research. The popularity of network testbeds means that new tools for managing experiment workflows, addressing the ready-made base of testbed users, can have important and significant impacts. We are now evolving Emulab, our large and popular network testbed, to support experiments that are organized around scientific workflows. This paper summarizes the opportunities in this area, the new approaches we are taking, our implementation in progress, and the challenges in adapting scientific workflow concepts for testbed-based research. With our system, we expect to demonstrate that a network testbed with integrated scientific workflow management can be an important tool to aid research in networking and distributed systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event2006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference - Boston, United States
Duration: May 30 2006Jun 3 2006


Conference2006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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