Visible to the public Evaluation and Experimentation

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Jun 06, 2020

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This research thrust focuses on the design and development of a highly accessible and scalable testbed environment for supporting the evaluation and experimentation efforts across the entire SURE research portfolio. This work is based on our existing technologies and previous results with the Command and Control Windtunnel (C2WT), a large-scale simulation integration platform and WebGME, a metaprogrammable web-based modeling environment with special emphasis
on on-line collaboration, model versioning and design-reuse. We are utilizing these core technologies and other third-party tools (e.g. Emulab) to provide a web-based interface for designing, executing and evaluating testbenches on a cloud-based simulation infrastructure. The metaprogramable environment enables us to develop and provide modeling languages, which specifically target each research thrust. Furthermore, by leveraging built-in prototypical inheritance we are building re-usable library components in the target domains.

First, the developed visual/modeling languages will be used to capture the physical, computational and communication infrastructure. Also, the simulation models will describe the deployment, configuration and/or the concrete strategies of security measures and algorithms. Third, the environment will provide entry points for injecting various attack or failure events from an existing library of components or by providing a model-based description of the algorithm.

For stimulating the experimentation and validation efforts in the SURE research thrusts and to motivate students and outside contributors to participate we are developing "Red Team" vs "Blue Team" simulation scenarios, where a using a given CPS infrastructure model each team is tasked to develop and/or configure security and fail-over measures while the other team develops an attack model. After the active design phase--when both teams are working in parallel and in isolation--the simulation is executed with no external user interaction, potentially several times. The winner is decided based on the scoring weights and rules which are captured by the infrastructure model. If successful, we may organize championships and maintain a leader board for each infrastructure model.

Peter Volgyesi is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University. In the past decade Mr. Volgyesi has been working on several novel and high impact projects sponsored by DARPA, NSF, ONR, ARL and industrial companies (Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, the Boeing Company, Raytheon, Microsoft). He is one of the architects of the Generic Modeling Environment, a widely used metaprogrammable visual modeling tool, and WebGME - its modern web-based variant. Mr. Volgyesi had a leading role in developing the real-time signal processing algorithms in PinPtr, a low cost, low power countersniper system. He also participated in the development of the Radio Interferometric Positioning System (RIPS), a patented technology for accurate low-power node localization. As PI on two NSF funded projects Mr. Volgyesi and his team developed a low-power software-defined radio platform (MarmotE) and a component-based development toolchain targeting multicore SoC architectures for wireless cyber-physical systems. His team won the Preliminary Tournament of the DARPA Spectrum Challenge in September, 2013.