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Using Flukes

Overview

Flukes is a Java-based GUI that allows an experimenter to graphically inspect the state of ORCA substrates, create request topologies, submit requests to ORCA and inspect the returned substrate information (called 'manifest'). Several key features of Flukes:

  • Graphical intuitive interface
  • Uses native ORCA interfaces and resource descriptions (NDL-OWL) for maximum flexibility, unlike other interfaces to ORCA which use GENI RSpecs and GENI AM API and rely on conversions between these resource formats.
  • Allows the user to submit requests and inspect the output manifest in a graphical environment
  • Allows the user to login to provisioned resources

For more information see Flukes help. To launch Flukes, be sure Java 6 JRE is installed and double-click on this link. Flukes is a Java Webstart application, which means it will update itself every time it is launched. It also requires Internet access to operate (off-line mode is not supported). If Flukes fails to launch automatically from your browser, execute the following command from commandline:

$ javaws /path/to/downloaded/flukes.jnlp

'javaws' executable comes as part of JRE or JDK 1.6.

FLUKES Screenshot

Advantages of using Flukes

Flukes uses ORCA native interfaces and resource descriptions. ORCA natively allows the user to specify a few things not available in RSpecs

  • Various node groupings (individual nodes, node groups)
  • Permits group properties common to all nodes in a group
  • Permits ORCA-driven splitting of groups between provider domains without user input
  • Powerful stitching - requests submitted to Fluke can span multiple geographic domains and ORCA will determine and create the proper stitching between slice components at Layer 2 across multiple national and regional research networks.
  • Allows the user to specify custom boot images (filesystem, kernel, ramdisk) to be installed into provisioned resources
  • Allows post-boot script templates (see section below)
  • Allows the user to specify functional dependencies between nodes (node A depends on node B == node B must boot before node A).

Using Flukes

User preferences

Flukes relies on a $HOME/.flukes.properties file to customize its behavior. Properties that are not specified in this file use default values. To inspect the current values of preference properties, click on the 'Help' menu and select 'Preference Settings'. The popup window will display the current settings.

If you wish to overwrite any of the values:

  • create $HOME/.flukes.properties file if it doesn't exist
  • copy/paste the content of the preferences window into the file
  • modify the values of properties you need to change
  • save the file
  • restart Flukes.

Flukes GUI

Flukes GUI opens with several tabs:

here are several tabs:</p>

  • Resources pane - for inspecting available resources
  • Request pane - for creating the request graph for a slice and submitting the request to ORCA
  • Manifest pane - for inspecting the manifest of a slice (either previously saved or queried from ORCA)

The slice request can be created in the Request pane and either submitted to ORCA or saved for future use. Once the slice request is submitted, the user can switch to the Manifest pane and query ORCA for slice status. Once the valid manifest is received, the user can inspect the elements of the slice and login to the provisioned nodes.

All panes support some subset of the following 3 mouse modes:

Post Boot Script templates

Flukes allows a post boot script to be associated with each node or node group. Post boot scripts are the preferred way to create customized instances from a shared image. Specifically, a post boot script can contain an arbitrary script that is a executed immediately after the instance has booted.

Simple example:

echo "Hello from post boot script"
apt-get install my-favorite-app
echo node1 > /etc/hostname

For added functionality, ORCA uses velocity templates to create the scripts. See the user's guide for details about Velocity.

ORCA templates follow the Velocity syntax which can be used to replace several key pieces of data that are assigned by ORCA. Specifically, there are one or more arrays that contains the IP addresses assigned to each instance. There is one array of IP addresses for each group. Each array of IP addresses is referenced using the name provided to Flukes for the group. In addition, there is a variable called $MY_ADDR_INDEX that is the index of the IP address of the current instance within its group's array of IP addresses. All arrays of IP addresses are accessible from any post boot script in the current request.

The following is an example post boot script that adds an entry to the /etc/hosts file for each of the instances in the request and sets the hostname of each instance to an appropriate value. In this particular example, the first instance is assumed to be a master node named "master" while the remaining nodes are named "worker1", "worker2", etc.. The string "Group1" was used as the group name.

# Test script 
echo "Hello from post boot script"
echo $Group1.get(0) master  >> /etc/hosts 
#set ( $size = $Group1.size() - 1 )
#foreach ( $i in [1..$size] )
   echo $Group1.get($i) worker$i >> /etc/hosts
#end
#if ( $MY_ADDR_INDEX == 0)
   echo master > /etc/hostname
#else
   echo worker$MY_ADDR_INDEX > /etc/hostname
#end

Boot images

Look at this page for instructions on how to create image descriptors for ImageProxy. In Flukes, click on the 'Client Images' button to add new images, which can then be assigned to nodes, node groups or reservations.

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