Innovating the Network for Data-Intensive Science (INDIS) at SC17

AtlanticWave-SDX team presented the research paper “Orchestrating Intercontinental Advance Reservations with Software-Defined Exchanges” at the 4th International Workshop on Innovating the Network for Data Intensive Science (INDIS) 2017, held in conjunction with SC17: IEEE/ACM International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, in Denver, CO, on November 12, 2017.

The Innovating the Network for Data-Intensive Science workshop brings together network engineers and researchers to share challenges and potential solutions in the information systems and networking communities.

With its inaugural appearance at SC14 in New Orleans, INDIS has become an academic forum for experts, researchers, and engineers in research and education (R&E) networking.

The workshop encourages research papers that address one or more of the networking needs; and developments that are essential in the information systems infrastructure for the scientific discovery process.

The AtlanticWave-SDX team presented the design, implementation, and evaluation of an architecture for end-to-end service orchestration in multi-domain science networks that leverages software-defined exchanges (SDX) for providing multi-path, multi-domain advance reservations using the AtlanticWave/SDX controller on a physical testbed.

AtlanticWave-SDX’s Presentation | Research Paper
For the INDIS SC17 program click here.

AtlanticWave-Software Defined Exchange (SDX) project is supported by NSF Award #1451024.


Global Experimentation for Future Internet (GEFI 2017) October 26-27

Dr. Heidi Morgan and Dr. Julio Ibarra participated in GEFI Workshop which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 26-27, 2017, and was hosted by the Brazilian national research and education network – Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP). The GEFI series of workshops grows out of an agreement between the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) and Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) projects in 2015 to advance the joint interests in hosting at-scale experimentation in future internet architectures.

CIARA FIU partnered with the GEFI Workshop organizers under the NSF projects: SwitchOn Workshops (NSF Award # 1443285 ) and GEFI Workshop (NSF Award # 1724805) to provide participants support. The goals were to encourage collaborative research across international boundaries, in a set of topics that are interesting to researchers in each of the participating countries:

Investigations of the research infrastructures suitable for hosting at-scale experimentation in future internet architectures, services, and applications, and use of such infrastructures for experimental research.

A collaboration that will encompass joint specification of system interfaces, development of interoperable systems, adoption of each other’s tools, experimental linkages of the testbeds, and experimentation that spans the infrastructures.

Envision that students and young professors from participating nations will visit each other and collaborate deeply in these activities, in hopes of sparking friendships and life-long research collaborations between the communities.

The GEFI program can be found here.


LSST Inter-Domain Coordination at ADASS 2017

adass2017250Jeronimo Bezerra presented the academic paper “International Networking in support of Extremely Large Astronomical Data-centric Operations” at the Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) conference which was hosted by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Atacama Millimeter/ submillimiter Array (ALMA) and the Federico Santa María Technical University (UTFSM) in collaboration with several Chilean governmental agencies and institutions in Santiago, Chile on October 21-27, 2017. The conference provides a forum for scientists and programmers concerned with algorithms, software and software systems employed in the acquisition, reduction, analysis, and dissemination of astronomical data. An important element of the program is to foster communication between developers and users with a range of expertise in the production and use of software and systems. The program consists of invited talks, contributed oral and display papers, tutorials, user group meetings and special interest group meetings


Novel Network Services for Supporting Big Data Science Research

Sci GW 2017 AtlanticWave-SDX Team presented the “Novel Network Services for Supporting Big Data Science Research” at the 12th Gateway Computing Environments Conference on October 23-25, 2017, hosted by University of Michigan, Ann Harbor.

Science gateways allow science & engineering communities to access shared data, software, computing services, instruments, educational materials, and other resources specific to their disciplines. They are typically a web portal or a suite of desktop applications.

Gateway developers and users—regardless of their domain area—have a lot in common but have had few venues for exchanging experiences. The second Gateways annual conference (formerly the Gateway Computing Environments workshop series) will be an opportunity for gateway creators and enthusiasts to learn, share, connect, and shape the future of gateways as part of a vibrant community with common interests.

This gathering for gateway creators and enthusiasts features hands-on tutorials, demos, keynotes, presentations, panels, posters, and plenty of opportunities to connect with colleagues.

To interconnect research facilities across wide geographic areas, network operators deploy science networks, also referred to as Research and Education (R&E) networks. These networks allow experimenters to establish dedicated network connections between research facilities for transferring large amounts of data. Recently, R&E networks have started using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Software-Defined Exchanges (SDX) for deploying these connections. AtlanticWave/SDX is a response to the growing demand to support end-to-end network services spanning multiple SDN domains. However, requesting these services is a challenging task for domain-expert scientists, because the interfaces of the R&E networks have been developed by network operators for network operators. In the presented paper, AtlanticWave-SDX Team proposes interfaces that allow domain-expert scientists to reserve resources of the scientific network using abstractions that focus on their data transfer needs for scientific workflow management. Recent trends in the networking field pursue better interfaces for requesting network services (e.g., intent-based networking). Although intents are sufficient for the needs of network operations, they are not abstract enough in most cases to be used by domain-expert scientists. This is an issue we are addressing in the AtlanticWave/SDX design: network operators and domain-expert scientists will have their own interfaces focusing on their specific needs.

SDX User Interface Demo:
Network Operator:
AtlanticWave-SDX’s Presentation | Poster | Paper
For trying out the AtlanticWave/SDX controller visit the Github link

For the 12th Gateway Computing Environments Conference program click here.
Gateways 2017 is organized by the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI).

AtlanticWave-Software Defined Exchange (SDX) project is supported by NSF Award #1451024.


AtlanticWave-SDX Team at Internet2 Technology Exchange 2017

AtlanticWave-SDX Team presented the latest updates on the AtlanticWave-Software Defined Exchange (SDX) (NSF Award #1451024) project.

This year’s I2 TechEx was held in downtown San Francisco from October 15–18, and featured over 90 presentations, 50 working meetings, 10 in-depth tutorials, and 5 co-located workshops on a broad spectrum of topics related to advanced networking, information security, trust and identity, web-scale computing, and applications for research support.
Internet2’s annual Technology Exchange conference is a premier technical event in the global R&E community, convening the community’s technology visionaries—including chief technologists, scientists, engineers, architects, operators and students from around the U.S. and the globe. Technology Exchange content focuses primarily on implementation challenges, best common practices, and future directions.

For trying out the AtlanticWave/SDX controller visit the Github link
For the Internet2 Technology Exchange program click here.
For the AtlanticWave-SDX’s presentation click here.
For the AmLight ExP’s presentation click here.

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FIU is hosting GENI Regional workshop (GRW) & GENI Engineering Conference (GEC25)

Hosted by: Florida International University


GENI Regional Workshop (GRW): Monday, March 13, 2017
GENI Engineering Conference (GEC): Tuesday, March 14 to Wednesday (1:00 pm), March 15, 2017


Breakfast & Lunch will be provided at The Kovens Conference Center.

GRW Agenda: Click here
GEC Agenda: Click here


The GEC demo/poster session will be held the evening of Tuesday, March 14.  Please submit your poster/demo request using this Online Form by Tuesday, February 7, 2017.


A limited number of travel grants are available for persons wishing to attend the GEC 25. The purpose of the grants is to increase the educational, ethnic and geographic diversity of conference attendees and to create opportunities for informal social networking between participants from a wide range of universities and companies. Any applicant affiliated with a U.S institution, including students at U.S schools, is eligible.

Online Application: Please fill up the Online Form

Application deadline: Sunday, February 5th but applications will continue to be accepted after that date while funds are available.

Notifications: Those applying by the deadline will be notified by February 10th.


Kovens Conference Center
3000 Northeast 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33181

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*If you planning to arrive at the Kovens Conference Center with your own vehicle use this URL to register your car tag for the parking.


Marenas Beach Resort 
18683 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Phone: (305) 503-6000
Direction to Marenas Hotel here.
* parking at Marenas Hotel cost about $15 per night

Please use this link to book your room at the Marenas Beach Resort:

or Direct Contact: Sandra Hanono at (305) 503-6000 or, Code: GENI/GEC25

For March 12-14, 2017 we negotiated a room rate of $196+13%Tax**. Rates are subject to availability for 3 days before and after March 12-14, 2017. Please book your room by February 19, 2017.
* Please note that the shuttle to the Kovens Conference Center will be from the Marenas Hotel. One of the conference shuttles will pass by Courtyard Marriott Aventura Hotel as well.
**Resort fees will be waived upon check in.
***Cancellation and modification can be made 7 days prior.

Courtyard Marriot Aventura Hotel
2825 NE 191st Street, Aventura, FL  33180
Phone: (305) 937-0805
Directions to Courtyard Marriott Aventura here.
*Complimentary self-parking included

Please use this link to book your room at the Courtyard Marriott Aventura Hotel by February 24, 2017:
Book your room for GENI Conference

* Please note that the shuttle to the Kovens Conference Center will be from the Marenas Hotel. One of the conference shuttles will pass by Courtyard Marriott Aventura Hotel as well.

** For reservation after the deadline please contact Carola Portillo at or Stephanie Philips at Tel: 305-937-0805, 305-918-7444


Transportation from Fort Lauderdale Airport or Miami International Airport to Marenas Hotel can be made online using Super Shuttle for approximately $30-$40.

Taxi fares from Miami International Airport to Marenas Hotel is approximate $52.
Taxi fares from Fort Lauderdale Airport to Marenas Hotel is approximate $50

Uber rate from Fort Lauderdale Airport to Marenas Hotel is approximate  $19-$36



Shuttle from the Marenas Hotel and the Courtyard Marriott Aventura Hotel to the Kovens Conference Center will be provided.



The demo/networking event will be held at the Kovens Conference Center. A reception will accompany the demo night event from 5:30 -7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The Receptions is generously sponsored by:

MATRIX Integration

MATRIX Integration is a trusted technology advisor and a certified Women’s Business Enterprise. They have deployed new technologies that respond to evolving demands for network support, cloud computing, database management, mobility and security initiatives.



Registration after February 19, 2017, will be $300.
Registration fees are fully refundable until 7 days prior to the conference.


GENI Regional Workshop (GRW)

A GENI Regional Workshop will precede GEC25 on Monday, March 13th. If you are interested in hands-on tutorials, you must register separately for the regional workshop. More information about it and registration can be found in the GRW webpage.


For more information about things to do in and around North Miami Beach click here.



The GENI Engineering Conference 25 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants. If you believe you are being harassed, believe that you have noticed someone else being harassed or have other concerns, please contact any representative of the GENI Project Office immediately.