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Eduroam implementation and monitoring

AARNet and Charles Sturt University

Eduroam is a secure world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. This workshop will walk through the steps involved with configuring eduroam on your infrastructure and present the new eduroam site monitoring appliance. The workshop will involve hands on configuration of freeradius for proxy authentication and the development of test scripts to authenticate against the server.

  • Leon Li, IT Engineer, AARNet, Australia.
    Leon Li joined AARNet as a member of the Applications & Services team responsible for the management, operation and development of infrastructure to support real time communications (Gateways, Gatekeepers, Call Manager). Leon is also an active participate in eduroam project group and manages Australian national eduroam servers. Leon formerly worked for Cisco as a contractor in supporting Cisco Call Manager.
  • Conrad Dare-Edwards, Charles Sturt University
    Conrad is a Solution Architect with Charles Sturt University and is the current Chair of Eduroam project group in Australia.

Desktop Fleet Management


  • 30 minute presentations each from Citrix
  • 30 minute presentations each from VMWare
  • Audience : Members of Desktopland – any involvement in lifecycle of client devices from basic tool to body accessory
  • Each institution must have mini-presentations on how they do each bit. There will be prizes!
  • Cradle to grave – whole of lifecycle management
    • Procurement/disposal/physical deployment
    • Software licensing
    • Standards and software deployment (including virtualisation, thin options etc)
    • Managing during life
    • Sustainability
  • Outcomes – identify best practise for each component. Establish a community of practise.
  • Dr Gordon Howell, Manager Learning Environments, QUT
    Dr Gordon Howell Worked in 4 university over 20 years, but has studied at 5 different universities. Interested in delivering sustainable systems in both Australia and PNG. Lives on a different pleasant mountain NW of Brisbane.
  • Alison Davis, Manager Client Systems Infrastructure, QUT
    Alison Davis Worked in Universities (5 of them) since 1973, apart from a short break of 18 months. Have been a student at 2 universities. Mostly invoved in the desktop/client support/application support end of the business. Lives on a pleasant mountain north west of Brisbane.
  • Toby Knight, from Citrix
  • Paul Burtwhistle, from VMWare

Research Collaboration Tools


This workshop will provide an overview of ARCS (The Australian Research Collaboration Service) and its services to support researchers throughout Australia before then focusing on the ARCS Data Fabric and the Compute Cloud.
The ARCS Data Fabric is a national data store that enables research groups and communities to easily store, maintain and share their data. The key goal of the Data Fabric is to allow researchers to collaborate across institutions and to be able to manage their own data and to easily access valuable shared data. The Data Fabric provides a range of functionality and interfaces that make it easy for any researcher to create, acquire and share data.
The ARCS Compute Cloud provides easy access to data processing and to High Performance Computing (HPC). The Compute Cloud provides a simple Graphical User Interface to a wide range of HPC facilities. Interfaces are specific to particular applications and current applications include statistical processing, bio-informatics, mathematics, computational chemistry and image processing. Other applications can be added easily.
The workshop will also address the integration of the Compute Cloud and the Data Fabric, so that researchers can move data from and to the Data Fabric as part of their Compute work flow.
In most cases access to the ARCS Data Fabric and the Compute Cloud are provided free to Australian researchers.
The workshop will provide hands on experience of using the ARCS Data Fabric and the Compute Cloud and participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers.


  • Dr Nick Tate, Associate Director, ARCSNick is seconded to ARCS from QUT and QCIF and has responsibility for the ARCS operations.
  • Florian Goessmann, Manager of Data Services at ARCSFlorian is seconded to ARCS from Curtin University and IVEC and has been responsible for leading the development of the ARCS Data Fabric.
  • Dr Jim McGovern, Manager of Systems Services at ARCSJim is seconded to ARCS from RMIT and VPAC. The Systems Service team is responsible for development and support of the ARCS Compute Cloud and the ARCS National Grid.

End to End Network Performance Tuning and Benchmarking


Many campuses have gigabit ethernet networks, however it is rare for users to achieve even a tenth of that throughput. This workshop explores the theory and practical causes of this under­performance.
Participants will be able to diagnose and correct end­to­end performance faults. Participants will be able to avoid performance bottlenecks by understanding the performance implications of network design, host tuning, and equipment selection.
The theory of TCP dynamics underpins an understanding of end­to­end performance. Participants will understand how TCP works and will apply this understanding to a simulated fast, long­distance network. They will be aware of the implications of latency, loss, buffer depth, TCP algorithms, and shaping and queuing algorithms.
Participants will tune a variety of common operating systems, including Windows and Linux. Other operating systems provided by participants are welcome. Participants will understand the tuning of a variety of network equipment, including equipment from Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. Participants will provide their own laptops to form part of the simulated network, giving them an in­depth understanding of the actual equipment they use everyday.
Participants will use a variety of tools to monitor and diagnose simulated underperformance. Participants will be understand how to deploy these tools within their own networks (and are encouraged to do so).
Participants will understand the current issues in research into end­to­end network performance, allowing them to directly assist their institution's computer science researchers.
The workshop will present the theoretical material briefly, backed by comprehensive notes which run much deeper than the presented material. Learning is then reinforced and extended by guided exercises on a simulated fast, long distance network.

  • Glen Turner, AARNet
    He is a network engineer with Australia's Academic and Research Network. He was responsible for the forwarding­ plane design of the AARNet3 network, particularly its QoS and end­to­end performance features. He has previously talked on end­to­end network performance at 4th international e­VLBI workshop (2005), QUESTnet 2005, CeBIT 2006, Protocols for fast, long distance networks (PFLDnet) 2006, QUESTnet 2007 and 2008 sysadmin miniconf. This is his first workshop on this topic, although he has lead workshops on BGP and QoS at past QUESTnet conferences.

Feeds, Speeds, and Futures in Ethernet Switching


An interactive discussion with Cisco on the evolution of networks within the Data Centre.
Topics covered will include:

  • the evolution from 10GbE to 40GbE/100GbE
  • a world without Spanning Tree
  • what changes we expect to see in how networks evolve over the next 5 years

  • Lincoln T Dale_, Distinguished Engineer, Data Center Switching Technology Group, Cisco Systems Inc._Lincoln is a Distinguished Engineer within Cisco’s Data Center Switching Technology Group. He has worked on the development, architecture, engineering, simulation, prototyping and validating of many of Cisco's flagship ethernet and SAN switching platforms and the evolution of the underlying technologies.
    Lincoln holds several US patents and patent submissions, is a regular speaker at industry events, is a regular participant in standards body activities, and has the role of trusted network advisor to many of the largest data centers and some of the biggest sites on the internet today.