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Adequate testbeds for conducting security experiments and test under controlled, safe, repeatable and as-realistic-as-possible conditions are a key element for the research and development of adequate security solutions and the training of security personnel and researchers. In this paper, the authors report on the construction and operations of isolated virtualised testbeds used in two separate security research labs in Canada and France, as part of a joint collaborative effort. The main idea was to use mid-to large-scale isolated computing clusters to obtain high levels of scale, manageability and safety by heavily leveraging virtualisation technology, open-source cluster management tools and a network architecture separating experiment and control traffic.
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