GIMI Enabling Site

This page contains instructions for WiMAX site administrators that describe how to GIMI-enable a WiMAX site. If you are looking for instructions on how to use GIMI functionality on a WiMAX site, please see the user instructions.


A GENI site is considered GIMI-enabled if a user can, without an unreasonable expenditure of effort, use the site to:

  • Execute an experiment with OMF
  • Instrument an experiment with OML
  • Archive experiment measurements to iRODS

The steps required to set up OMF have already been described extensively on this wiki and at, so they will not be covered here. Similarly, the steps required to install an OML server are described here.

The steps required to instrument an experiment with OML are already well documented as well. Use these links to find out how to

This document primarily describes how to provide tools for users to archive an experiment to iRODS. This consists of several steps:

  • Installing icommands
  • Installing the extra iarchive script
  • Setting up iRODS accounts for users
  • Extending the OMF experiment controller (optional)
  • Installing the iRODS web frontend (optional)

Required Steps

Install icommands

The iRODS software may be downloaded here.

Use the irodssetup script inside this package and choose to build only the icommands. Then make these commands available to all users as follows:

cp iRODS/clients/icommands/bin/* /usr/local/bin/

Install iarchive

Download the iarchive script:


If necessary, edit the script and replace the ICMD_PATH, OML_DIR, {{AM_RESULT}} and EC_LOG_DIR with the relevant values for your system:

  • ICMD_PATH is the location where the icommands are installed
  • OML_DIR is the location where the OML server stores sq3 files. Comment this out if you are not using a local OML server.
  • AM_RESULT is the URL of the OMF result service (required if OML_DIR is commented out)
  • EC_LOG_DIR is the location where the OMF experiment controller stores experiment log files

Install the script in /usr/local/bin, and make it executable:

mv iarchive /usr/local/bin
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/iarchive

Set up iRODS accounts for users

The administrator for the iRODS server you are using must create an account that is in the rodsadmin group. With this account, you can now create new users using the iadmin commands.

The first time you use this account, you must initialize it using iinit and the values provided by the administrator of the iRODS site you are using. For example:

$ iinit
One or more fields in your iRODS environment file (.irodsEnv) are
missing; please enter them.
Enter the host name (DNS) of the server to connect
Enter the port number:1247
Enter your irods user name:ffund
Enter your irods zone:geniRenci
Those values will be added to your environment file (for use by
other i-commands) if the login succeeds.

Enter your current iRODS password:

Then add a line to your ~/.irods/.irodsEnv file indicating your default resource on the iRODS server. For example:

echo "irodsDefResource=iRODSUmass2" >> ~/.irods/.irodsEnv

Finally, use ipasswd to change your password from the default password given to you by the iRODS site adminstrator.

Once your account is initialized, use these steps to create new user:

  • Temporarily set your irodsHost environment variable to the address of the iCAT server (not necessarily the iRODS server). For example:
  • Use iadmin to create a new user, enroll that use in your site "group", and create an initial password for the user. In this example, we create a user x0dros in the nyupoly group and give him the initial password <password>:
    iadmin mkuser x0dros#geniRenci rodsuser
    iadmin atg nyupoly x0dros#geniRenci
    iadmin moduser x0dros#geniRenci password <password>
    iadmin quit
  • Finally, unset the temporary irodsHost environment variable:
    unset irodsHost

Optional Steps

Extend OMF EC (Optional)

Install iRODS web browser (Optional)

You may choose to install the (visualization-enhanced) iRODS web frontend. If you choose not to install this component, your users can use NYU-Poly hosted site.

You can check out the source code from our SVN repository:

svn co
svn co

Refer to and follow the instructions in irods/web/README.setup.

You will need to add the site configuration to a config file in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled. A sample config is shown here:

    Alias /irods/web/ "/var/www/irods/web/"
    <Directory "/var/www/irods/web">
        AllowOverride all
        Options FollowSymLinks MultiViews
        # Uncomment the following if you're using HTTPS:
        # RewriteEngine On
        # RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
        # RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}
        Order allow,deny
        allow from all

Your config MUST include AllowOverride all and Options FollowSymLinks MultiViews

Enable mod_rewrite and restart Apache2:

ln -s /etc/apache2/mods-available/rewrite.load /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/rewrite.load
service apache2 restart
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