Cloud Infrastructures/SDN Testbeds for eScience Researches

Dr Kohei Ichikawa1, Dr Philip Papadopoulos2, Professor David Abramson3, Dr. Peter Elford4, Dr. David Wilde4, Dr. Warrick Mitchell4

Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Ikoma, Japan,

2 University of California, San Diego, San Diego, USA,

3 The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia,

4 AARNet, Brisbane, Melbourne, Australia, Peter.Elford, David.Wilde,


Effective sharable cyberinfrastructure is fundamental for collaborative research in eScience. The goal of this session is to share and discuss the recent research activities, technologies, ideas and issues on shared cyberinfrastructures for international collaborative researches.  As a conference co-located with PRAGMA workshop, the session focuses on sharing and connecting the researches of both Australian eResearch community and PRAGMA community [1]. PRAGMA community has been developing a sharable cyberinfrastructure, PRAGMA testbed [2], for many years and the focus of the community has shifted to a virtualized infrastructure or Cloud computing recently. With this move to virtualized infrastructure, virtualized network technology is also becoming a major interest in the community, and PRAGMA has established an international SDN (Software-Defined Networking) testbed, PRAGMA-ENT (Experimental Network Testbed) [3, 4]. In the session, we will have several presentations on sharable cyberinfrastructure including Cloud resources and SDN testbeds from both Australian and PRAGMA communities, and we will also discuss common research topics and issues on shared cyberinfrastructures for eScience research.

The duration of this session would be 60 minutes.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. eScience cyberinfrastructure/Testbed
  2. Grid/Cloud computing
  3. Resource scheduler/allocation/optimization
  4. Software-Defined Networking/Storage/Data Center
  5. Security of shared resources
  6. Operation/management of shared resources
  7. High availability and fault tolerance of shared resources
  8. Monitoring of shared resources
  9. Visualization infrastructure for collaborative data science
  10. eScience applications on widely distributed cyberinfrastructures


  1. PRAGMA project. Available from:, accessed in June
  2. Abramson, A. Lynch, H. Takemiya, Y. Tanimura, S. Date, H. Nakamura, Karpjoo Jeong, Suntae Hwang, Ji Zhu, Zhong-hua Lu, C. Amoreira, K. Baldridge, Hurng-Chun Lee, Chi-Wei Wang, Horng-Liang Shih, T. Molina, Wilfred W. Li, P. W. Arzberger, “Deploying Scientific Applications to the PRAGMA Grid Testbed: Strategies and Lessons,” Sixth IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (CCGRID 06); 2006:241-248.
  3. PRAGMA-ENT project. Available from:, accessed in June
  4. Kohei Ichikawa, Pongsakorn U-chupala, Che Huang, Chawanat Nakasan, Te-Lung Liu, Jo-Yu Chang, Li-Chi Ku, Whey-Fone Tsai, Jason Haga, Hiroaki Yamanaka, Eiji Kawai, Yoshiyuki Kido, Susumu Date, Shinji Shimojo, Philip Papadopoulos, Mauricio Tsugawa, Matthew Collins, Kyuho Jeong, Renato Figueiredo, Jose Fortes, “PRAGMA-ENT: An International SDN Testbed for a Cyberinfrastructure in the Pacific Rim,” Concurrency And Computation: Practice And Experience, Wiley InterScience; 2017:e4138.


Kohei Ichikawa is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Information Science at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan. His past research work involved the design and development of middleware and applications for Grid, virtualized infrastructures and Software Defined Network testbed. He currently works on the PRAGMA project, developing an international Software Defined Networking Testbed for use by the PRAGMA researchers.

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