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Army Computer Scientist Streamlines Network Science

By Armed with Science

June 25, 2015

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U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) researchers have developed the Dynamically Allocated Virtual Clustering Management System (DAVC), an experimental infrastructure that provides the means to dynamically create, deploy, and manage virtual clusters of heterogeneous nodes within a cloud computing environment.

DAVC enables scientists to create virtual experimentation environments, each automatically configured and tailored to their specifications, from their Web browser. The environments are controlled and repeatable, creating a platform for research, development, and evaluation of network and information assurance algorithms designed for tactical networks.

The researchers say DAVC will result in a reduction in cost and time spent by researchers when conducting a network science experiment.

DAVC is consists of several components, including the DAVC controller, the DAVC virtual machine repository, the DAVC host servers, and the DAVC node provisioning client. The DAVC controller is designed as a Web application, and provides a Web service, which enables its interoperability with other applications requiring automated virtualization capabilities.

DAVC is designed specifically for the network science research community, with an emphasis on experimentation, stability, and sharing, according to ARL computer scientist Andrew Toth, the project's leader.

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