We are pleased to announce the federation of the EmanicsLab testbed with PlanetLab Europe (PLE), and other testbeds in the OneLab facility is now in place. PlanetLab Europe is the European branch of the global PlanetLab system.

After a collaboration effort between teams at UPMC and University of Zurich, full federation was achieved on March 8, 2011. From now on EmanicsLab users will be able to use PlanetLab tools and resources in their experiments, and vice versa, increasing the scope of the services offered by OneLab, and allowing EmanicsLab users access to hundreds of PLE nodes spread across Europe and elsewhere, while the central management of EmanicsLab nodes remains under the control of the EmanicsLab administrator (University of Zurich).

The federation was achieved using the PlanetLab implementation of SFA (Slice-based Federation Architecture). SFA is an emerging standard for networking testbed federation, and the PlanetLab implementation of SFA was developed jointly by OneLab partner INRIA (under the direction of OneLab Technical Director Thierry Parmentelat) and the University of Princeton in the USA.

Federation with OneLab is an opportunity for testbed providers to optimize their facilities. A federated testbed can grow its user numbers by making its facility available to those already using OneLab testbeds in Europe and across the world, while the testbed owner has access to an extensive scientific community and the possibility of scientific gain through exchanging best practices and comparing results. In addition, federation can offer the latest in computer networking tools to the testbed's current users.

For further information about OneLab's federation offer see the testbed federation page with a description of the EmanicsLab use case.