Active Networks Test Environment (ACTIVATE)
ACTIVATE is a collaborative project to design, build, and manage a large-scale testbed to meet the unique requirements of active network (AN) research and development. Through the development of new technologies specifically targeted to the decentralized management of active networks, the proposed testbed, known as the Active Network Backbone (ABone), will provide an experimental infrastructure to support the deployment and testing of a growing collection of execution environments (EEs) and active applications (AAs).
The ABone currently consists of dozens of core nodes,
which are managed and monitored by the
ABone Coordination Center (ABOCC, pronounced "A-Bock"),
and private nodes known as edge nodes. The core ABone
nodes are monitored by the ABOCC on a daily basis for possible node
and network configiuration problems (which are reported to the respective
node administrators) and on an hourly basis. Here's an
example status report.
Registering with the ABOCC
Most uses of the ABone require registration with the ABOCC.
Please read ISI's
outline of ABone registration requirements
to determine whether your intended participation in, or use of,
the ABone requires registration. Then, if you need to register, please
proceed to the ABone registration page.
Anetd: Active Networks Daemon
Every node on the ABone runs active networking management software
known as Anetd (pronounced "A-Net-D").
Anetd is experimental software designed to support the deployment,
operation and control of active networks. Anetd originated from
a novel network management approach developed in SRI's
Anetd is now being enhanced to become a fundamental component of
the ABone infrastructure. Anetd performs two major functions:
Deployment, configuration, and control of networking software,
including active networking execution environment (EE) prototypes
Demultiplexing active network packets encapsulated using
ANEP to multiple EEs located on the same network node and
sharing the same input port.
To set up an ABone node (core or edge), you must
download and install Anetd. Core nodes require
registration). Please see the Anetd page for the
latest information and downloading and installation instructions.