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NEuca Extentions for OpenStack


We work on the Open Resource Control Architecture (ORCA) project at RENCI UNC-Chapel Hill in collaboration with Duke University.     ORCA  is a control framework for provisioning virtual networked systems over heterogenous resources from substrates distributed across administrative domains.   A simpler, but incomplete description is that ORCA provisions virtual environments of virtual and physical machines federated from multiple cloud sites with bandwidth provisioned network that connect them.   It does this on demand, in response to the current needs of the users.  ORCA is a long-term NSF GENI sponsored project that has been in development for nearly a decade.

ORCA itself does not depend on any specific cloud virtualization stack and we have primarily been using Eucalyptus.   Recently we have added OpenStack support.  We like a lot of the features of OpenStack and will be primarily be using OpenStack going forward.  However, ORCA requires modifications to the network functionality of both Eucalyptus and OpenStack.   We call this modification Neuca and it has been incorporated into the main Eucalyptus release for about a year.

I am contacting this list because I would like work on getting Necua extensions included into OpenStack.  I am hoping that this message will find the appropriate people.

More information about ORCA, NEuca, and RENCI can be found at the following urls:

Paul Ruth
Senior Distributed Systems Resercher
RENCI - UNC Chapel Hill

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