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The UNH-IOL currently hosts the Akraino Community Lab.  The Community Lab provide resources to the Akraino development community, through the support of the Linux Foundation and donation from participants.  The lab was initially founded in April 2019, and is working to add additional resources.  These pages, hardware lists, and documentation will be updated as resources become available.  

Access to the lab and its resources is controlled through an OpenVPN connection.  Each user needs an account, currently created and maintained by the lab host (see below).  Once connected to the VPN, users will have access to the pods and networking equipment in the community lab.  Each pod has a primary and secondary contact for the pod, who is responsible for the oversight and sharing of the pod resources.  Please do not make changes to a pod without coordinating with the pod contacts.

Each pod consists of 1 or more servers and networking fabrics (one or more switches).  A pod is intended to be a self contained unit, where the pod user is able to make changes to the networking configuration or enable SDN control of the network / switch.

The community lab project is part of the CI, Blueprint Validation Lab TSC Subcommittee.  To request resources within the lab for your plugfest, please complete the Lab Topology Template for BluePrints and submit it to the Subcommittee for review.

Usage Guide

Account Request & VPN Setup

In order to get VPN access you must send a request to and then we will make you an account. Please provide your full name, the Akraino Blueprint you are working on, and the Pod you would like access to.  Please allow up to 1 business day to get the account setup.

Once we have made your account, you will receive an automated email with the username and a temporary password as well as an “ovpn” config file. Then on your OpenVPN client just import that file and enter in your username and temporary password. After you connect, you must reset your password by going to, this will take you to our FreeIPA server and once you put in the information it will ask you to put in your own password. Once you've changed your password, disconnect from the VPN, update your password on your client, and reconnect.  You should be able to continue using that password in the future.  

Please be aware that your company may need to open up a firewall hole for OpenVPN to work correctly.

If you have any issues please contact us at

Please do NOT request accounts for other users, we will not send passwords or login credentials to 3rd parties.

Host & Pod Access

This will be slightly different for each pod, but each pod will have an IPMI/LOM connection available.  This connection will be reachable through the VPN and from the public network of the pod, and can be used to control the automated install or deployment onto the pod, depending on the desired blueprint.  Each pod has its own documentation page in this wiki space.

Available Pods

Pod NameHardware Description
ThunderX2 Pod #1
  • 3x: Arm®v8 based Gigabyte R281-T91
ThunderX2 Pod #2
  • 3x: Arm®v8 based Gigabyte R281-T91
Intel Pod
  • 4x: Intel LWF2208IR540605 (Compute)
  • 2x: Intel LWF2208IR540606 (Storage)
Unicycle Pod
  • 2x: Dell R740
  • 2x: Intel LWF2208IR540605
  • 3x: HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10

Change Requests

If you wish to have any network or configuration changes you will have to send and email to and allow up to one business day for the changes to take effect.  Please note, changes can not include hardware purchases without additional approvals from the Linux Foundation and the TSC.

Acceptable Usage Policy

Acceptable Usage Policy, v1.0 - Approved July 11, 2019

Contact Information

Shipping Information

All the equipment that will be used at Akraino Community lab (purchases and donation), should be shipped to:


Attn: Lincoln Lavoie / Akraino

21 Madbury Road, Suite 100

Durham, NH 03824


+1-603-862-0090 (main line)

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