After many years of using Linux vserver as PlanetLab's node provisioning mechanism, we have officially started migrating to LXC - the implementation of container-based virtualization in the Linux kernel. We have been working on this new release for several months and are pleased to announce that it has become stable and mature enough to deploy for users. Here are some of the highlights of the update...
The FCC launches a "beta" consumer broadband test on broadband.gov on March 11th. The site uses Measurement Lab (M-Lab) as its back-end platform. M-Lab is a private deployment of PlanetLab spanning 15 sites across the US and Europe.
PlanetLab Central (PLC) will be upgraded to Version 4.3 over the next few weeks. 4.3 includes features that will make it easier to support new types of nodes (e.g., wireless), as well as new GUI features. It also involves a few changes to the programmatic API. Users that run scripts against this API will need to modify those scripts. Click here for a summary of the API changes.
A paper describing our experiences operating PlanetLab over the past six years, and in particular, how we resolved disputes involving PlanetLab experiments, is now available (here) for review and comment.
A prototype implementation of the GENI interfaces to PlanetLab functionality is now available. The module, called geniwrapper, is available at http://svn.planet-lab.org/. Preliminary testing of geniwrapper on the live system will begin in the next few weeks.
To help track the status of nodes at your site, we have created a Google Gadget that reports the last observed status of your machine and the last time the status changed. Please give it a try, and if there's a feature you can think of that would make maintaining PlanetLab nodes easier, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Add the gadget to your google home page by clicking on the button:
The PlanetLab 4.2 Upgrade is underway! At the end of the upgrade all machines will be re-installed and include the following new features:
PlanetLab is engaged in a federation trial with the OneLab Project. The plan is to migrate European nodes and slices to an independent EU authority. Follow the federation link to learn more.
PlanetLab Operations is developing a new tool, called Site Assistant, to help sites keep their nodes running and connected to PlanetLab. In addition, we will begin running a program called Monitor to notify a Site's Technical Contact and PI about observed problems with registered PlanetLab machines. The set of machines affected will be increased gradually. For additional details on when your machines will be affected, please see the Deployment Schedule. As well, for details on the policy that Monitor implements to encourage continued site participation, please see Monitor Policy.