The GEYSERS optical testbed: A platform for the integration, validation and demonstration of cloud-based infrastructure services

Bartosz Belter*, Juan Rodriguez Martinez, José Ignacio Aznar, Jordi Ferrer Riera, Luis M. Contreras, Monika Antoniak-Lewandowska, Matteo Biancani, Jens Buysse, Chris Develder, Yuri Demchenko, Pasquale Donadio, Dimitra Simeonidou, Reza Nejabati, Shuping Peng, Łukasz Drzewiecki, Eduard Escalona, Joan Antoni Garcia Espin, Steluta Gheorghiu, Mattijs Ghijsen, Jakub GutkowskiGiada Landi, Gino Carrozzo, Damian Parniewicz, Philip Robinson, Sebastien Soudan

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Abstract The recent evolution of cloud services is leading to a new service transformation paradigm to accommodate network infrastructures in a cost-scalable way. In this transformation, the network constitutes the key to efficiently connect users to services and applications. In this paper we describe the deployment, validation and demonstration of the optical integrated testbed for the "GEneralized architecture for dYnamic infrastructure SERviceS" (GEYSERS) project to accommodate such cloud based Infrastructure Services. The GEYSERS testbed is composed of a set of local physical testbeds allocated in the facilities of the GEYSERS partners. It is built up based on the requirements specification, architecture definition and per-layer development that constitutes the whole GEYSERS ecosystem, and validates the procedures on the GEYSERS prototypes. The testbed includes optical devices (layer 1), switches (layer 2), and IT resources deployed in different local testbeds provided by the project partners and interconnected among them to compose the whole testbed layout. The main goal of the GEYSERS testbed is twofold. On one hand, it aims at providing a validation ground for the architecture, concepts and business models proposed by GEYSERS, sustained by two main paradigms: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and the coupled provisioning of optical network and IT resources. On the other hand, it is used as a demonstration platform for testing the software prototypes within the project and to demonstrate to the research and business community the project approach and solutions. In this work, we discuss our experience in the deployment of the testbed and share the results and insights learned from our trials in the process. Additionally, the paper highlights the most relevant experiments carried out in the testbed, aimed at the validation of the overall GEYSERS architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-216
Number of pages20
JournalComputer Networks and ISDN Systems
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2014


  • Future internet architecture
  • Infrastructure services
  • Infrastructure virtualization
  • Inter-cloud architecture
  • Keywords
  • Optical testbeds


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