[Planetlab-users] Announcement: X-Bone Release 3.2 (GX-Bone Release)
pingali at ISI.EDU
Wed May 25 21:07:54 EDT 2005
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The X-Bone system for automated deployment of VPN / overlay networks
is now publicly available. This is a software release, v3.2, with
support for Global X-Bone Network Testbed that integrates X-Bone
deployments that were only stand alone until now.
X-Bone dynamically deploys and manages Internet overlays, optionally
including IPsec, to reduce configuration effort and increase network
component sharing. X-Bone discovers, configures, and monitors network
resources to create overlays over existing IP networks.
3.2 release includes:
Support for Global X-Bone Testbed deployment
This includes support for (1) multiple CAs (2) host registry and
(3) shared ACLs. Automatic distribution of these through LDAP
replication integrates the stand alone sites
Simple control panels to specify configuration variables.
The Node Daemon automatically detects and gracefully degrades
with (lack of) host operating system support for IPsec,
dummynet, etc. LDAP database and input files automatically
Multiple resource discovery methods
The support includes unicast host lists, multicast and LDAP.
X-Bone can use LDAP to store Node Daemon configurations
and discovery; this supports the Global X-Bone configurations
Standard features of 3.xx releases include:
Support for FreeBSD and Linux hosts, and Cisco routers via buddy host
Support for IPv4 and IPv6 (FreeBSD/Cisco only) overlays:
using IPsec if desired (FreeBSD/Cisco only)
using dynamic routing via quagga if desired (experimental)
using dynamic DNS/DNSSEC if desired (experimental)
using inserted delays/losses via dummynet (FreeBSD only)
Increased API capabilities
support for custom netlist (adjacency list)
XML-based API and UI
Fault tolerance and recovery
recover from disk state after any transaction
nested transaction rollback/recovery
heartbeats with automatic cleanup
S/MIME protection on invitation messages
SSL protection on configuration channels
access control lists for individual resource management
The X-Bone is implemented in Perl, and open source is provided.
The X-Bone can be used for:
- deploying VPNs
- sharing lab or wide-area networks
for multiple, concurrent projects
for testing protocols and apps on new topologies
X-Bone uses two-layer IP in IP tunneled overlays and supports existing
applications and unmodified routing, multicast, and DNS services.
X-Bone also support IPSec within overlays. Applications can use the
X-Bone without modification or recompilation.
The X-Bone is available for the following operating systems:
2.6.0+ (Redhat Fedora Core 2+)
Further information and details and the port and RPM files are currently
- - Joe Touch
Project Leader, X-Bone/DynaBone/X-Tend, USC/ISI
touch at isi.edu
+1 (310) 448-9151
Effort partly sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA)and Air Force Research Laboratory,
Air Force Materiel Command, USAF, under agreements F30602-98-1-0200
entitled 'X-Bone' and F30602-01-2-0529 entitled 'DynaBone'.
Effort partly sponsored by National Science Foundation under
Grant Nos. <NETFS: ANI-0129689and <STI-XTEND: ANI-0230789>.
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