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How to Run and Install an application on the nodes


Before going through this tutorial, you should know the basics of writing and running an experiment script (see here and here).

You should also have installed a disk image with omf on the nodes of the testbed you are using (e.g. "baseline.ndz"). See How to install a disk image.


In this tutorial, you will learn a simple way to execute and install an application on the nodes of a testbed.

The tutorial experiments

This first experiment script tut_app_1.rb shows how to execute an application which is already installed on the nodes, such as tcpdump.

This second experiment script tut_app_2.rb shows how to install and then execute an application on the nodes.

These files contain extensive comments that should help you understand the different steps involved.

To run these example scripts, use the following command:

 omf exec tut_app_1
 omf exec tut_app_2

The Results

The experiment screen output should then look like this. And the experiment log file should look like this.

NOTE: For the first example, tcpdump outputs its user message on STDERR and not STDOUT, thus when running this tutorial script, please ignore false error messages such as: "ERROR nodeApp: tcpdump: listening on ath0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 96 bytes"


If you would like to use the same application but with different parameters (or with parameters that you would like to dynamically change during the course of the experiment), then you should consider using a "prototype" around your application, as explained in this other tutorial.

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