TLPW PerfClub

The Translight Pacific Wave project has formed a perfSONAR support group called the "TLPW PerfClub" to enable network engineers and operators to discuss their implementations of perfSONAR and assist other networks in their deployments. Led by Alan Whinery of the University of Hawaii and Celeste Anderson of the University of Southern California, the current mix of participants includes representatives from AARNet, AMPATH, Caltech, CANARIE, CENIC, ESnet, Front Range Gigapop, Indiana University, Internet2, KREONET/KISTI, Los Nettos, NASA-Ames, NOAA/NCAR, NOAO, Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest Gigapop, RNP, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego/San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of Hawaii, University of Michigan, and University of Southern California.

The Club meets regularly on the third Monday of each month. If you are interesting in participating, please send email to whinery at hawaii.edu or celestea at usc.edu.

Last year, the group surveyed participants in the Pacific Wave region on the status of their deployments, and since that time perfSONAR deployments have been spreading. Recent discussions have included testing low-cost, small form factor options for the growing number of nodes in a network, the latest PS-Toolkit release, archiving test results, visualizing OWAMP loss results, and cellular data performance.

Some good resources to find out more about perfSONAR are located at:

The home site for perfSONAR: http://www.perfsonar.net/

The Google code site with up-to-date install documents for each release:
http://code.google.com/p/perfsonar-ps/

The Fasterdata.es.net information for perfSONAR is found at:
http://fasterdata.es.net/performance-testing/perfsonar/
This site has a HOWTO guide, some success stories, troubleshooting techniques, etc.

The Network Performance Toolkit, based on PerfSONAR-PS, can be installed using CD images from:
http://software.internet2.edu/pS-Performance_Toolkit/

Source code for various components of PerfSONAR are available from:
http://software.internet2.edu/sources/

For information on what the group is currently discussing, please see the PerfClub website at www.perfclub.org

Have a good perfSONAR story to tell? We'd love to hear it. Feel free to send it our way.

Mahalo

Alan and Celeste