FIA session X: Experimentation

FIA sesion X: Experimentation

Friday 17 December, 10:30 – 12:00


The FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) Initiative was launched at the beginning of 2007 as part of Framework Programme 7 (FP7). It builds on the “Situated and Autonomic Communications” Initiative and other internet-related projects funded under the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Programme, as well as on several projects launched as Research Networking Testbeds already operating under FP6.

FIRE has two related dimensions: on the one hand, promoting experimentally-driven long-term, visionary research on new paradigms and networking concepts and architectures for the future internet; and on the other hand, building large-scale experimentation facilities to support both medium- and long- term research on networks and services by gradually federating existing and new testbeds for emerging or future internet technologies.

FP7 ICT Call 2 gave birth to the first wave of FIRE projects, which will run until the second half of 2010. Four of the projects can be categorised as “facility projects” building experimental platforms for future internet researchers, whilst eight projects in the FIRE portfolio are research-focused and experimentally-driven.

It was agreed in the negotiation phase of the first wave of FIRE projects that a common FIRE co-ordination activity would be beneficial, leveraging the visibility of the projects’ outcome, exchanging valuable information between experimenting researchers and facility builders for the needs of the experimenters, bridging gaps, eliminating duplication, and providing knowledge of possible use cases where more than one facility would be needed in order to carry out satisfactory experimentation.

Current availability and use of facilities

The existing testbeds have been used for different types of experiments:

  • FEDERICA has been used for experimenting with a multi-domain, multivendor network resource brokering system (called “Harmony”)
  • OneLab2 has been used for experimenting with a distributed (over 50 sites) overlay routing system for a wide variety of network applications ranging from routing to peer-to-peer file sharing (called “Egoist”)
  • Panlab/PII has been used for experimenting with end-to-end self-management in a wireless Internet environment, adaptive admission control and resource allocation algorithms, and enhanced Web TV services over mobile phones
  • WISEBED has been used for experimenting with two physically distant sensor networks that were combined into one single virtual network

Certainly this is only an excerpt of what could be done in the future on the existing facilities.

Future availability and use of facilities

In addition to the existing facilities, the new FIRE integrated projects are establishing further facilities that can be used for even more diverse types of experiments:

  • BonFIRE is open for experiments that pose state-of-the-art research challenges in Cloud Computing. For example:
    • Dynamic Service Landscape Orchestration for an Internet of Services
    • QoS-Oriented Service Engineering for Federated Clouds
    • Elasticity Requirement for Cloud Based Applications
  • CREW has 4 wireless testbeds across Europe, with advanced spectrum sensing solutions. These can be combined to allow industry and academia to evaluate wireless protocols and/or hardware in a controlled environment
  • OFELIA has 5 testbeds across Europe that create a distributed OpenFlow infrastructure of multi-layer and multi-technology. The experimental facility will offer access to diverse technologies, including Ethernet, optical and wireless domains. The islands are connected by multiple 1GE links to the GEANT network
  • SmartSantander has a unique city-scale experimental research facility that supports typical sensor (IoT) applications and services for a smart city
  • TEFIS has a Web portal that provides a single access point to different testing and experimental facilities. Initially, the TEFIS platform integrates 7 complementary experimental facilities, including network and software testing facilities. An example of a typical Use Case is a large scale SOA application for a huge travel-business e-Commerce platform accessible both from Websites and Web Services

It is important to note that the new FIRE Integrated Projects have in their plans to call for innovative user experiments via open calls. Each selected experiment will receive up to 200,000 € funding under the EC funding rules to conduct the experiment. Overall the budget of all projects for user experiments should allow for more than 20 experiments.

Objectives of the session

 The objectives of the session are to:

  • present the current existing facilities based on successfully executed use cases and experiments
  • inform about the plans and mechanisms of the open calls for experiments by the new IPs
  • invite the audience to engage in the session by expressing interest for experimentation and providing the requirements that the new (and existing) IPs should fulfill

Agenda of the session

Friday 17 December, FIA session X, 10:30 – 12:00

10:30 – Opening, welcome, Anastasius Gavras, Eurescom, (FIRESTATION)

10:35 – 10:45 Successful experiments overview, Jacques Magen, Interinnov, (FIRESTATION)

  • multi-domain, multivendor network resource brokering, distributed overlay routing system, admission control algorithms, etc.

10:45 – 11:30 Plans for open calls and offering by BonFIRE, TEFIS, OFELIA, CREW, SmartSantander

  • Cloud-computing, Large-scale SoA, cognitive radio, OpenFlow, city-scale sensor applications
  • Mechanisms of open calls, funding issues

Speakers include:         Florian Schreiner, Fraunhofer FOKUS, for BonFIRE

                                   Julie Marguerite For TEFIS

                                   Andreas Gladisch, Deutsche Telekom for OFELIA

                                   Ingrid Moerman, Ghent University / IBBT for CREW

                                   Alex Gluhak, University of Surrey for SmartSantender

11:30 – 12:00 Open discussion

  • The audience is invited to express requirements and potential use of the facilities
  • Q&A concerning access, funding, open calls
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