You will do your assignments for CS 744 using CloudLab. CloudLab is a research facility which provides bare-metal access and control over a substantial set of computing, storage, and networking resources. If you haven’t worked in CloudLab before, you need to register a CloudLab account.
This small assignment walks you through the CloudLab registration process and shows you how to start an experiment in CloudLab.
Most importantly, it introduces our policies on using CloudLab that will be enforced throughout the semester.
To register an account, please visit http://cloudlab.us and create an account using your Wisconsin email address as login.
Note that an SSH public key is required to access the nodes CloudLab assigns to you; if you are unfamiliar with creating and using ssh keypairs, we
recommend taking a look at the first few steps in GitHub’s guide to generating SSH keys.
(Obviously, the steps about how to upload the keypair into GitHub don’t apply to CloudLab.)
Join Existing Project and enter UWMadison744-F18 as the project name.
Then click on
Submit Request. The project leader will approve your request.
If you already have a CloudLab account, simply request to join the
To start a new experiment, go to your CloudLab dashboard and click on the
Experiments tab in the
upper left corner, then select
Start Experiment. This will lead to the profile selection panel.
Change Profile, and select a profile from the list. For example, if you choose the
profile in the UWMadison744-F18 project you will be able to launch 1 machine with the Ubuntu 18
image. Select the profile and click on
Next to move to the next panel. Here you should name your experiment with
WisconsinLogin-ExperimentName. The purpose of doing this is to prevent everyone from
picking random names and ending up confusing each other since everyone in the UWMadison744-F18
project can see a full list of experiments created. You also need to specify from which cluster you
want to start your experiment. Each cluster has different hardwares. For more information on the
hardware CloudLab provides, please refer to this.
Once you select the cluster you can instantiate the experiment. Once the experiment is ready you will
see the ssh login command. Try to login to the machine and check for the number of CPU cores
available and memory available on the node.