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Software prerequisites

Deploying an ORCA Actor Container in Emulation

Orca actors run within servlet containers (JVMs). This document is intended to assist you in getting a container up and running quickly, with instances of each of the three actors (Service Manager, Broker, and Aggregate Manager) operating in emulation mode.

Emulation Mode Setup

1. Follow the instructions in the setup section of the $ORCA_HOME directory structure page.

2. Download the attached sample emulation configuration and extract it into $ORCA_HOME.

3. Download our slightly-modified Tomcat and extract it into $ORCA_HOME.

4. Ensure MySQL is running on your system.

NOTE: For Mac OS X you can use fink to install mysqld and then

$ cd /sw/bin
$ sudo ./mysqld_safe

This will make sure mysqld is running as long as you don't exit this shell

5. Follow the instructions in the "Create the database" section of the database setup page. These instructions help set up a local Tomcat container with an example inventory of substrate that allows ORCA to run in emulation mode. This step is highly recommended before running with real resources to make sure your setup is correct.

NOTE: as of Bella 2.0 container administrator login/password credentials are located in

Testing Emulation Mode

Videos attached to this page show how the system works once it is installed (no audio). A simple test with the default actor configuration described above is to

  1. Login to the ORCA portal
  2. Go to Admin tab and click 'View Actors'. Verify that 3 actors are Online.
  3. Go to User tab (Slice Manager). Click on 'Create Reservation'. Select 'Eucalyptus Virtual Machine' from the drop-down menu corresponding to 'Resource Pool'. Change the number of Units from 1 to something else (for anything greater than 10 you will receive only 10 units as that is the size of the initial delegation)
  4. Click 'Create' button
  5. Click 'View All Reservations'. Click refresh button of your browser until the reservation goes into 'Active' state.
  6. You can optionally close the reservation by selecting a check-box next to it and selecting 'Close' from the Action menu.

Testing the sample XML-RPC controller in emulation mode

See section on XMLRPC controller for information.