We propose creating the Open Cloud Testbed (OCT) that will addresses the challenges inherent in an isolated testbed by integrating testbed capabilities into the Mass Open Cloud (MOC), an existing cloud for academic users.
In particular, we propose to
1) Add testbed dedicated resources, including a cluster of FPGA enhanced nodes, in the MGHPCC data center used by the MOC
2) Harden the MOC’s Elastic Secure Infrastructure (ESI) mechanism, which allows physical servers to be elastically and securely moved between different services
3) Integrate ESI with CloudLab’s provisioning mechanisms,
4) Provide system researchers access to cloud telemetry and datasets and provide them with the ability to expose experimental services to users of the MOC.