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FIRE FOR THE FUTURE Networks are the neural system of our society as it exists today, we barely breathe without connectivity, unplugging would discontinue society and the individuals in it. The Internet keeps revolutionizing the world - the way we function, interact, behave and evolve. Equally, we revolutionize the Internet - the way it functions, interacts, behaves and evolves. Our needs, usage and visions shape it into the Network of the Future. The Internet is consequently a complex and evolving entity where any technological development, no matter how small, may have multifaceted and even surprising consequences. Humans are heuristic and discover through experimentation. Any research into new ways of approaching the Internet from the most fundamental level cannot simply be limited to paperwork. Early and realistic experimentation and testing in a large-scale environment is required, even though some of these ideas may only be implemented in the long-term. What is FIRE? The Future Internet Research and Experimentation - FIRE - Initiative is addressing the need to experiment with networks, creating a multidisciplinary test environment for investigating and experimentally validating highly innovative and revolutionary ideas for new networking and service paradigms. FIRE offers a discipline, a platform and tools for trying out innovative ideas for the Future Internet. FIRE is promoting the concept of the experimentallydriven research, combining visionary academic research with the wide-scale testing and experimentation that is required for the industry. Several initiatives, at EU Member States level and also worldwide (US, China, Japan, South Korea, etc.), already exist and there is a need for more collaboration between them. FIRE is creating a dynamic, sustainable, large-scale European Experimental Facility, which is constructed by gradually connecting and federating existing and upcoming testbeds for Future Internet technologies. The FIRE facility is open – LET’s use it! The FIRE Facility projects are building a variety of network experimentation infrastructures and tools with different technologies and characteristics. Various structures, tools and features are already available and trials are being performed. All of the facilities evolve in a demand-driven way, supported through Open Calls — for regular new Open Calls from the FIRE Facility projects and also for details of the new mechanism called “Open Access”. Open Access offers experimenters the opportunity to use the experimental facilities for free and to obtain support beyond the originally planned lifetime of the respective project. BonFIRE (Clouds), OFELIA (OpenFlow) and CREW (Cognitive Radio) are three examples of FIRE facilities now offering Open Access; other individual testbeds continue to operate by federating with running FIRE Facility projects, thereby fostering a long-living FIRE! This publication gives an insight into what is real and usable today in FIRE. The FIRE Facility projects funded by the European Commission under FP7 ICT Objective 1.6 and the FIRE related international projects are presented here, with a focus on giving examples of experimentation that has been undertaken. The FIRE outcome is open and public for all experimenters who find the facilities offered are suited to their R&D needs. The FIRE Facility projects invite you as exploratory users to profit from the experimentation opportunities and help shape the FIRE Facility according to your needs! We hope to spark your enthusiasm. Jointly, we can light up the Future Internet, because FIRE is OPEN and ALIVE. FIRE information portal: Information about the activities of the European Commission on FIRE - Future Internet Research and Experimentation, and about all FIRE projects can be found at!cC44Qk * MOBILE CODE FOR THE ADDRESS. DOWNLOAD CODE READER: WWW.I-NIGMA.COM QR code generated on FIRE FIRE EC QR code generated on


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FIRE PORTFOLIO FIRE PORTFOLIO The FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) Initiative was launched at the beginning of 2007 as part of Framework Programme 7. It built upon 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 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 a large-scale experimentation facility to support both medium- and long- term research on networks and services by gradually federating existing and new testbeds for emerging future internet technologies. FP7 ICT Call 2 gave birth to the first wave of FIRE projects, which ran until the second half of 2010. Four of the projects (PanlabPII, OneLab, WISEBED and Vital++) were categorised as “facility projects” building experimental platforms for future internet researchers, whilst eight projects (ECODE, N4C, Nano Data Centers, OPNEX, PERIMETER, RESUMENET, SELFNET and SMARTNET) were research-focused and experimentally-driven (so-called “STREP”) projects. The FEDERICA project funded by the Research Infrastructure programme complimented the facility projects of the ICT Call 2. Two Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) for the FIRE Initiative were FIREWorks and PARADISO. FP7 ICT Call 5 brought in 5 new Integrated Projects (IPs): OFELIA, BonFIRE, SmartSantander, TEFIS and CREW) and 8 new STREPs (CONECT, SPITFIRE, SCAMPI, CONVERGENCE, LAWA, EULER, HOBNET, NOVI). FIRE STATION was funded through this Call to co-ordinate and support the FIRE Programme. Three further CSA projects were funded to (i) examine the socio-economic aspects of the Future Internet (PARADISO-2), (ii) liaise with the Living Lab community (FIREBALL) and (iii) liaise with the Future Internet activities in Brazil, Russia, India and China, and keep the community aware of important standardisation issues (MyFIRE). OFELIA, BonFIRE, TEFIS and CREW provided facilities in new technological areas, whereas SmartSantander can be considered as a continuation of WISEBED (from Call 2), but on a larger scale and in a real city environment. Three new IP projects started in Autumn 2011 from the FP7 ICT Call 7: CONFINE, EXPERIMEDIA and OpenLab. In addition, CREW (additional testbed) and BonFIRE (new Use Case) extended their facilities. A specific call for collaboration between Europe and Brazil resulted in one new FIRE project FIBRE-EU. The main goal of the FIBRE-EU project was the design, implementation and validation of a shared Future Internet research facility between Brazil and Europe. FP7 ICT Call 8 brought in one IP project (Fed4FIRE), 12 STREPs (RELYonIT, OFERTIE, STEER, Social&Smart, IRATI, 3D-LIVE, CLOMMUNITY, EAR-IT, ECO2Clouds, ALIEN, EVARILOS, Cityflow) and 2 CSAs (AmpliFIRE and FUSION). These started in the 2nd half of 2012, or at the beginning of 2013. FP7 ICT Call 10 resulted in 2 IPs (FLEX, SUNRISE), 5 STREPs (IoTLab, FORGE, TRESCIMO, MOSAIC 2B, SMARTFIRE), 3 CSA projects (CI-FIRE, ECIAO, ceFIMS-CONNECT) and 2 FIRE-related projects from Coordinated Calls with Brazil (Rescuer) and Japan (FLEX-EU). TRESCIMO and MOSAIC 2B are joint projects with South Africa and SMARTFIRE is a joint project with South Korea. FIRE’s offering currently (March 2014) includes seven facility projects: CONFINE, CREW, EXPERIMEDIA, Fed4FIRE, FLEX, OpenLab and SUNRISE, which all contribute to the FIRE Facility by developing a large-scale testbed or federation of testbeds. FIRE’s research projects: EULER, FIBRE, RELYonIT, OFERTIE, STEER, SOCIAL&SMART, IRATI, 3D-LIVE, CLOMMUNITY, EARIT, ECO2Clouds, ALIEN, EVARILOS, Cityflow, IoTLAB, FORGE, TRESCIMO, MOSAIC 2B, SMARTFIRE) are specifically research-focused and experimentally-driven. The Coordination and Support Action (CSA) projects and their main functions are: AmpliFIRE FIRE vision, strategy, dissemina tion; FIRE Board and FIRE Forum ceFIMS-CONNECT European Future Internet Forum (FIF) Support CI-FIRE EIT ICT Labs and FIRE co-operation ECIAO (EU-China FIRE) EU-China cooperation on FIRE and IPv6 FUSION SMEs for FIRE Previous FIRE projects have laid the foundations for FIRE’s portfolio/offering today and created a solid basis for the continuous development of the FIRE Facility and experimental research; supported by CSA projects. More information can be found on the FIRE website at: FIRE PROJECTS The FIRE projects on 2014 are shown in Figure 1 and the FIRE Integrated Projects (IP) evolution and their timing in Figure 2. QR code generated on


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FIRE PORTFOLIO Note: EULER is Call 5 project Call 5 project FIGURE 1: FIRE Projects 2014 Figure 2: FIRE Integrated Projects (IP) 2008 - 2014


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FACILITY PROJECTS — OPEN ACCESS B Key achievements/results FIRE BonFIRE — Open Access BonFIRE enables developers to research new, faster, cheaper, or more flexible ways of running applications with new business models. SMEs and researchers can test a range of cloud scenarios, such as cloud bursting and hybrid clouds, across BonFIRE’s five European sites. BonFIRE’s Open Access initiative gives users access to a multi-site cloud facility for applications, services and systems experimentation: • Large-scale, heterogeneous and virtualised compute, storage and networking resources; • Full control of your resource deployment; • In-depth monitoring and logging of physical and virtual resources; • Advanced cloud and network features; and • Ease of use of experimentation. BonFIRE is offering its multi-site cloud infrastructure free throughout 2014 for researchers and SMEs to use for testing and experimentation of cloud-based applications and services. Although EU investment finished at the end of 2013, the infrastructure will continue to operate as the BonFIRE Foundation. The continuation of the service beyond the lifetime of the EU-funded project is a major step forward for European research. Rather than being a centrally funded project, the Foundation will be financed by its core members. Testbed providers, integrators, and partners who agree to provide practical support for the project are full members of the BonFIRE Foundation; other partners will retain their links as associates. How does it work? The BonFIRE cloud facility is based on an Infrastructure-asa-Service delivery model with guidelines, policies and best practices for experimentation. It has a federated multi-platform approach, providing interconnection and interoperation between novel service and networking testbeds. It offers advanced services and tools for services research including cloud federation, virtual machine management, service modelling, service lifecycle management, service level agreements, quality of service monitoring and analytics. The BonFIRE project provides innovative methods for describing, deploying, managing, executing, measuring and removing experiments. These methods include uniform test description and deployment descriptors for all scenarios (including cross-cutting tests), federation of cloud resources in different administrative domains that provide BonFIRE with physical resources, and user-friendly interfaces at the facility’s entry point. Three key test scenarios were implemented: 1. Extended cloud: the extension of current cloud offerings towards a federated facility with heterogeneous virtualized resources and best-effort Internet interconnectivity; 2. Cloud with emulated network implications: a controlled environment providing an experimental network emulation platform to service developers, where topology configuration and resource usage is under full control of the experimental researcher; and 3. Extended cloud with complex physical network implications: investigation of federation mechanisms for an experimental cloud system that interconnects individual BonFIRE sites with other FIRE facilities. How to get involved? All you need is an idea for testing and experimentation that exploits BonFIRE’s unique features. Join BonFIRE by submitting your experiment application at Project facts (during project execution) COORDINATOR: Josep Martrat, Atos EXECUTION: From 2010-06-01 to 2013-12-31 NOTE: Sustained through the BonFIRE Foundation throughout 2014. PARTNERS: Atos (Spain) (Coordinator), The University of Edinburgh (UK), SAP AG (Germany), University of Stuttgart (Germany), Fraunhofer-FOKUS (Germany), iMinds (Belgium), UCM (Spain), i2Cat (Spain), Hewlett-Packard (UK), 451 Research (UK), TU Berlin (Germany), University of Southampton IT Innovation (UK), INRIA (France), Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Pan (Poland), Nextworks (Italy), Wellness Telecom (Spain), RedZinc Services (Ireland), Cloudium Systems (Ireland), CESGA (Spain), CETIC (Belgium), University of Manchester (UK), ICCS/NTUA (Greece), Televes (Spain), SZTAKI (Hungary), IN2 (UK), University of Patras (Greece). MORE BONFIRE INFORMATION: BonFIRE’s features supporting cloud research and experimentation


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FACILITY PROJECTS — OPEN ACCESS OFELIA — Open Access OFELIA OpenFlow Experimental Facility Infrastructure and Functionality Continues to Exist and Remains Open for Experiments. The FP7-FIRE project OFELIA ended after three years in October 2013, but announced the continued availability, maintenance and further development of the pan-European OpenFlow- based testbed facility. OpenFlow, for those not familiar with the latest developments in networking, is a key standard within the new networking paradigm called Software Defined Networking (SDN). OFELIA’s software development: academic and industrial relations, software development, network connectivity. At the moment of preparation of this publication, the process of creating a follow-up organisation outside of the structures of EU project organisation is on-going. This not-for-profit organisation will take over the further steering of the development of OCF, manage software releases, and organize the further funding of the operation. How to get involved? How does it work? OFELIA creates an experimentation space which allows for the flexible integration of test and production traffic by isolating the traffic domains inside the OpenFlow-enabled network equipment. This provides realistic test scenarios and permits the seamless deployment of successfully tested technology. Tests of new routing algorithms, tunnelling protocols and tailored network control planes can be deployed as applications on top of the OpenFlow controller at any time. Testing of new addressing formats and forwarding schemes, which requires changes to the controller itself, will be carried out as and when the required modifications are developed. These innovations were provided by both project partners and other contributors, brought to the project through the process of Open Calls. Key achievements/results Generally, the use of the OFELIA facility is provided “as is” as a free-of-charge best-effort service. Any user accepting the usage policy is welcome to experiment on the OFELIA testbed. Technically, the testbed has created a pan-European Layer-2 network, a giant LAN that allows the definition of various forwarding entries, including loops. As this is an intended feature, the experimental network itself is built in a tunnel infrastructure laid over the Internet. Consequently, experimenters have to ‘dial in’ to OFELIA. The account and the OpenVPN credentials can be generated via the OFELIA web site. The policy of access to the testbed may, however, change to “members only” once the planned organisation is set up, thereby encouraging users to join the community and contribute to its growth by adding new islands. This model would follow the successful example of PlanetLab, where membership was based on adding two nodes to the global facility. A similarly low entrance barrier may be envisioned for OFELIA as an outcome of further discussion in the organisation, i.e. later this year or in 2015. The OFELIA facility consists of ten federated islands dispersed over Europe and Brazil. The OFELIA Control Framework (OCF) is responsible for the deployment of Virtual Machines (VM), binding of VMs to slices and provisioning of an OpenFlow controller interface to control the forwarding in the slice individually per experiment. Cross-island experiments have been made possible during 2013 for a number of ongoing collaborations and interconnections with other OpenFlow infrastructures. The “OFELIA Foundation Task-Force” was set-up in August 2013 in order to prepare the institutional follow-up to the project. It focuses on four aspects to sustain and coordinate Project facts (during project execution) COORDINATOR: Hagen Woesner, EICT (Germany). EXECUTION: From 2010-10-01 to 2013-09-30. PARTNERS: EICT (Germany) (Coordinator), Deutsche Telekom AG (Germany), University of Essex (UK), Fundacio Privada i2CAT (Spain), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), NEC Europe Ltd (UK), Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (Belgium), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Switzerland), The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (USA), ADVA AG Optical Networking (UK), CREATE-NET (Italy), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (Italy). MORE OFELIA INFORMATION: QR code generated on


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FACILITY PROJECTS Fed4FIRE The goal of the Fed4FIRE project ( is to federate the different FIRE facilities using a common federation framework. The federation framework enables innovative experiments that break the boundaries of these domains. It allows experimenters to more easily find the right resources to translate their ideas into actual experiments, to easily gain access to different nodes on different testbeds, to use the same experimenter tools across the different testbeds, etc. This means that the experimenters can focus more on their research tasks than on the practical aspects of experimentation. The benefits of federation for the infrastructure providers are e.g. the reuse of common tools developed within the federation, reach of larger community of experimenters through the federation, etc. As depicted in the figure, there are currently 17 testbeds involved in the Fed4FIRE federation, introducing a diverse set of Future Internet technologies. Four of these testbeds joined the project after winning the project’s first Open Call. This call was launched in May 2013, and aimed to allocate budget to selected candidate testbeds for inclusion in the Fed4FIRE project, and to selected experiments that make use of the provided Fed4FIRE federation. A similar second Open Call will be launched in March 2014. Next to that, the project has also launched a new type of Open Calls which is especially targeting experimentation by SMEs. The submission deadline for that call is April 2nd 2014. that focuses on acceptation testing of the required interfaces for testbed federation: jFed. This test suite enables the rigorous testing and integration activities that are needed when federating a highly heterogeneous set of testbeds with the intention to realize a fully operational federation. jFed focuses on logical tests for all steps of the experiment workflow and adds interface tests and negative testing (are things breakable?) where needed. In the context of resource discovery, reservation and provisioning, the adoption of the Slice-Based Federation Architecture (SFA) is a key element in Fed4FIRE. Therefore, the first focal point of jFed is the support of manual and automatic nightly testing of the entire SFA API. This testing functionality is entirely developed in Java, allowing greater flexibility in development of both the test suite and future Java SFA client tools. For the manual testing of the SFA interface of any given testbed, both a command line and a graphical user interface are provided. The automatic (nightly) testing of testbeds is run from within a Jenkins platform, posting the test reports on a website and sending emails in case of problems. The test suite has been released as open source software (, and easily allows for extensions through a plugin system. This way, other important Fed4FIRE federation interfaces will also be added to the testing suite as the project continues. The Federated Resource Control Protocol (FRCP) is an example of such an interface. How does it work? Key achievements/results The Fed4FIRE federation architecture is characterized by a preference for distributed components. This way, the federation would not be compromised if, in the short or long term, individual testbeds or partners would discontinue their support of the federation. The general policy is that experimenter tools should always be able to directly interact with the different testbeds, and should not be obliged to pass through some central Fed4FIRE component. However, some non-critical central federation-level components are also included in the architecture for convenience purposes. For instance, when an experimenter tool is used for resource discovery, reservation and provisioning, it will retrieve the lists of available resources directly from the different Fed4FIRE testbeds, and it will directly request these testbeds to reserve specific resources or to provision them. Experiment control tools (which ease the execution of complex experiment scenarios) and experiment monitoring frameworks are other example cases where the experimenter tool will directly interact with the testbed. A critical aspect in such a highly distributed approach is the adoption of common interfaces in the federation, and making sure that every member of the federation is fully compliant with them. Therefore, Fed4FIRE is developing a new software tool Merely 16 months after the start of the project, Fed4FIRE has deployed the first version of its federation framework, allowing experimenters to get involved with all affiliated testbeds in an easy manner. At the same time, it has selected 8 Open Call experiments from a total of 55 received proposals, and is actively supporting them in the design, setup and execution of their specific experiments. How to get involved? FIRE facilities interested in joining Fed4IRE can compete for funding in the project’s second Open Call, which will be launched in March 2014. When wanting to join without funding, then just mail us at Experimenters interested in our facilities can participate in this same Open Call, or can compete in the new SME-specific Calls (first launched in February 2014). Open Access Calls will also be launched in a later stage, the concrete timing for this remains to be defined. It is advised to regularly check the project’s website for updates on all these different Open Calls.


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Project facts COORDINATOR: Piet Demeester, iMinds EXECUTION: From 2012-10-01 to 2016-09-30 PARTNERS: iMinds (Belgium) (Coordinator), University of Southampton IT Innovation (UK), UPMC (France), FraunhoferFOKUS (Germany), TU Berlin (Germany), University of Edinburgh (UK), INRIA (France), NICTA (Australia), Atos (Spain), University of Thessaly (Greece), NTUA (Greece), University of Bristol (UK), i2CAT (Spain), EURESCOM (Germany), DANTE (United Kingdom), Universidad de Cantabria (Spain), NISA (Republic of Korea), UMA (Spain), UPC (Spain), UC3M (Spain), DEIMOS (Spain), MTA SZTAKI (Hungary), NUI Galway (Ireland), ULANC (UK), WooX Innovations (Belgium), UKent (UK), British Telecom (UK), Televes (Spain). MORE Fed4FIRE QR code generated on INFORMATION: Overview of the testbeds currently belonging to Fed4FIRE.


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FACILITY PROJECTS CONFINE CONFINE (Community Networks Testbed for the Future Internet) provides an experimental facility that supports and extends experimentally-driven research on Communityowned Open Local IP Networks (COPLANs), which are already successful in developing Internet access in many areas of Europe and the world. The project takes an integrated view on these innovative community networks, offering a testbed that federates the resources of several COPLANs, each hosting between 500–20,000 nodes, along with a greater number of links and even more end-users. Key achievements/results How does it work? CONFINE’s testbed, Community-Lab, integrates and extends three existing community networks: (Catalonia, Spain), FunkFeuer (Wien, Austria) and AWMN (Athens, Greece). These facilities are extremely dynamic and diverse, and successfully combine different wireless and wired (optical) link technologies, fixed and mobile routing schemes and management schemes, running multiple self-provisioned, experimental and commercial services and applications. The testbed is an innovative model of self-provisioned, dynamic and self-organizing networks using unlicensed and public spectrum and links. It offers unified access to an open testbed with tools that allow researchers to deploy, run, monitor and experiment with services, protocols and applications as part of real-world community IP networks. This integrated platform provides user-friendly access to these emerging COPLAN networks, supporting any stakeholder interested in developing and testing experimental technologies for open and interoperable network infrastructures. The CONFINE facility, through federation and virtualization, allows the experimental validation of varied scenarios. For example, the cooperation and comparison between nodes using diverse mesh routing protocols (e.g. OLSR, Batman, Babel); self-managing (or autonomic) application protocols that adapt to the dynamic conditions of nodes, links and routes in these networks; network self-management or cooperative and decentralized management; the adaptation of services such a VoIP (live video streaming) to low bandwidth wireless networks. The main achievement in the project is the offering of Community-Lab: an open federated test platform that facilitates experimentally-driven research in existing community networks. Community-Lab has more than 100 nodes for experiments embedded around more than 40,000 community network nodes in Europe. Experiments by the project partners and Open Call participants encompass topics such as the characterisation of community networks and mesh networks, the development of improvements on existing routing protocols, cross-layer optimizations, SDN, decentralized video streaming, network attached radios, content-centric networking, etc. Open data sets about community networks are published at including data such as topology, routing, traffic, and usage patterns. This has also resulted in new software tools and protocols developed as part of the testbed itself or specific experiments that are now adopted outside the project. How to get involved? The testbed portal is at; the documentation is at and all its code is published at Open usage of Community-Lab is planned in the future as enough testbed resources will become available. Project facts COORDINATOR: Leandro Navarro, UPC EXECUTION: From 2011-10-01 to 2015-09-30 PARTNERS: Core: UPC (Spain) (Coordinator), (Spain), FunkFeuer (Austria), Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network (Greece), OPLAN (UK), Pangea (Spain), Fraunhofer-FOKUS (Germany), iMinds (Belgium). 1st Open Call: CNIT (Italy), Freie Universität Berlin - FUB (Germany), INESCP (Portugal), University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg), University of Trento (Italy). MORE Confine QR code generated on INFORMATION: CONFINE is an entry point for experimentation on a federation of real community networks, including, FunkFeuer and AWMN, shown here.


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FACILITY PROJECTS CREW The CREW project facilitates experimentally-driven research on advanced spectrum sensing, cognitive radio and cognitive networking strategies in view of horizontal and vertical spectrum sharing in licensed and unlicensed bands. Key achievements/results How does it work? CREW has organised three successful Open Calls. Open Call 1 and Open Call 2 resulted in 7 funded experiments and the accession of 9 new partners to the CREW project. 7 more experiments (with no funding for the experimenters) will be supported as a result from the latest call (Open Call 3), evidencing a first step towards sustainable use of the CREW facilities. The CREW platform federates five individual wireless testbeds, built on diverse wireless technologies: heterogeneous ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) radio, heterogeneous licensed radio (TV-bands), cellular networks (LTE) , and wireless sensors. The offerings of these geographically distributed testbeds are federated, and improved with the addition of state-of-the-art cognitive sensing equipment. The platform offers users a common portal with a comprehensive description of the functionalities of each individual testbed together with clear user guidelines. The facility also includes a benchmarking framework that enables experiments under controlled/ reproducible test conditions, and offers universal and automated procedures for experiments and performance evaluation. This allows fair comparison between different cognitive radio and cognitive networking concepts. The combined expertise, software and hardware that is available in the CREW federated platform allows the experimental optimization and validation of cognitive radio and cognitive networking concepts in a diverse range of scenarios, including but not limited to: radio environment sensing for cognitive radio spectrum sharing, horizontal resource sharing between heterogeneous networks in the ISM bands, cooperation in heterogeneous networks in licensed bands, robust cognitive sensor networks, and measuring the impact of cognitive networking on primary cellular systems. How to get involved? CREW has entered in a continuous Open Access phase. CREW offers best effort access to the facilities that is free for non-commercial use and includes basic support (consisting of information from portal, guidelines, tutorials, handbooks, and very limited basic technical support). If more guarantees are required on availability of infrastructure and technical support, it is possible to submit a request for experimentation with guaranteed availability and support. More information about the Open Access use of the CREW facilities can be found at The CREW portal ( guides the experimenter to find the most suitable test facility for its experiment and further gives information on how to get started. Project facts COORDINATOR: Ingrid Moerman, iMinds EXECUTION: From 2010-10-01 to 2015-09-30 PARTNERS: iMinds (Belgium) (Coordinator), imec (Belgium), Trinity College Dublin, (Ireland), TU Berlin (Germany), TU Dresden (Germany), Thales (France), EADS (Germany), Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia). 1st Open Call: University of Durham (UK), Technische Universität Ilmenau (Germany), Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain). 2nd Open Call: University of Thessaly (Greece), National ICT Australia (Australia), Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal), CMSF-Sistemas de Informação (Portugal), CNIT (Italy), WINGS ICT Solutions (Greece). MORE The CREW federated platform and its advanced cognitive component. CREW INFORMATION: QR code generated on


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FACILITY PROJECTS EXPERIMEDIA EXPERIMEDIA aims to explore the new forms of social interaction and rich media experiences enabled by the Future Media Internet (FMI). The project is developing and operating a unique facility that offers researchers what they need for largescale FMI experiments, and in particular for socio-technical experimentation of networked media systems conducted in the real world. The state-of-the-art Future Internet testbed infrastructure offered supports the large-scale experimentation of user generated content, 3D Internet, augmented reality, integration of online communities and full experiment lifecycle management. invasive and non-invasive sensing techniques to improve sports performance. Five more experiments have been funded in the 2nd Open Call including delivery of real-time information to mobile users to Smart Ski Goggles, adaptive streaming technologies for interactive video navigation for camera-based coaching and training, 3D interactive and collaborative serious games, multi-factor human sensing and remote calibration of 3D capture systems. How to get involved? How does it work? EXPERIMEDIA targets the research community in the FMI, working with stakeholders such as venue management, broad­ casters, content and service providers, and application devel­ opers (including mobile). The facility allows them to gain val­ uable insight into how Future Internet technologies can be used and enhanced to deliver added value, legally compliant, media experiences to consumers. Users can then take advantage of three culturally important “smart venues” offered by the facility where they are not only able to access state-of-the-art testbed resources, but they also have access to the necessary experts to help them design, execute and analyse innovative socio-technical experiments. EXPERIMEDIA will be opening the facility during 2014 for experimentation by stakeholders external to the consortium. If you have an idea and would like to explore it, please contact Project facts Key achievements/results EXPERIMEDIA has run ten ground-breaking experiments at smart venues across Europe developing new techniques for sports science, learning in culture and heritage, and visitor experience. All experiments were tested with users to assess quality of experience. The Foundation of the Hellenic World showed novel interactivity and augmented reality as part of exhibitions delivered to 100+ visitors attending a next generation digital dome show in ancient Greece “A Walk Through Ancient Miletus”. IN2 have successfully concluded a trial “Digital Schladming” of their ON:meedi:a platform at the Schladming Ski Resort demonstrating how hyperlocal media, content syndication and advanced filtering can enhance visitor experience by providing access to all of Schladming’s social media channels in one place. CAR, a High Performance Training Centre for Olympic athletes, has demonstrated significant advances in using COORDINATOR: Michael Boniface, University of Southampton IT Innovation EXECUTION: From 2011-10-01 to 2014-09-30 PARTNERS: Core: University of Southampton IT Innovation Centre (UK) (Coordinator), Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece), Atos Origin (Spain), Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft (Austria), Bearingpoint Infonova (Austria), Idrima Meizonos Ellinismou (Greece), Schladming 2030 (Austria), Centre D’alt Rendiment Esportiu De Sant Cugat Del Valles (Spain), KU Leuven (Belgium), La F@brique du Futur (France), TII (Sweden). 1st Open Call: IN2 search interfaces development Ltd (UK), STI International GmbH (Austria), University of Graz (Austria), University of Peloponnese (Greece), Henri Tudor Research Center (Luxembourg), University of Vigo (Spain), STT Engineering and Systems (Spain), Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (Poland). MORE Experimedia QR code generated on INFORMATION: EXPERIMEDIA offers a FIRE facility for experiments in social interaction and rich media experiences.


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FACILITY PROJECTS OpenLab OpenLab delivers the ingredients to build an open, generalpurpose, shared experimental facility, which allows European industry and academia to innovate and assess the performance of their solutions. OpenLab builds on and improves successful FIRE prototypes, increasing their offering in diversity and scale. It works on the sustainability of these R&D&I resources. OpenLab has pioneered the collaboration with EIT ICT Labs, which enables the exchange and shared objectives between education, research and innovation. The joint effort, FITTING, has brought OpenLab into KIC nodes, embedding the facility’s main components and resources in the involved EIT ICT Labs co-location centers. This is a milestone for sustainable facility hosting in the future. Key achievements/results • An architecture supported by standards and tools to enable federation for the control, experimental and data planes; • A large and coherent testbed offering; and • Large usage experience from partners joining the project following 2 Open Calls. How to get involved? To express your interest to use the facility, please send an email to Project facts How does it work? OpenLab deploys the software and tools that allow a selection of advanced testbeds to support diverse applications and protocols in more efficient and flexible ways. The project delivers control and experimental plane middleware to facilitate use of these testbeds by researchers in industry and academia, exploiting its own technologies, developed notably in the OneLab and Panlab projects, as well as drawing upon and improving other initiatives’ work, such as the Slice Facility Architecture (SFA) control framework and OpenFlow switching. OpenLab extends FIRE facilities with advanced capabilities in the area of mobility, wireless, monitoring and domain interconnections, incorporating technologies such as OpenFlow. OpenLab offers access to a wide range of testbeds, providing an infrastructure for experiments that go beyond what can be tested on the current Internet. The testbeds offered include: • PlanetLab Europe, offering access to over 1000 nodes distributed worldwide, based on the PlanetLab system; • NITOS, an OMF-based wireless testbed consisting of 45 nodes equipped with a mix of Wi-Fi and GNU-radios; • w-iLab.t wireless mesh and sensor network infrastructure of 180 nodes, including 20 mobile nodes; • Two IMS testbeds, supporting carrier-grade next generation network services, for performing diverse converged media experiments; • ETOMIC, a high-precision network measurement testbed featuring dozens of Internet-connected nodes synchronized via GPS; • .SEL, a hybrid delay-tolerant opportunistic networking testbed; • ns-3, a free open-source discrete-event network simulator; and • HEN, which allows emulation of rich topologies in a controlled fashion over switched VLANs that connect multiple virtual machines. COORDINATOR: Serge Fdida, UPMC EXECUTION: From 2011-09-01 to 2014-06-30 PARTNERS: Core: UPMC (FR) (Coordinator), Cosmote (EL) Creative Systems Engineering (EL), ELTE (HU), ETH Zurich, (CH) EURESCOM (DE), Fraunhofer-FOKUS (DE), HUJI (IL), iMinds (BE) INRIA (FR), NICTA (AUS), TU Berlin (DE), UAM (ES), UCL (UK), Università di Pisa, (IT), University of Patras, (EL), University of Thessaly (EL), Waterford Institute of Technology (IE). 1st Open Call: Universidad de Murcia (ES), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (HU), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO), NTUA (EL), Politechnika Warszawska (PL), Orange Polska (PL). 2nd Open Call: TU München (DE), CNIT (IT), Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya (ES), Deutsche Telekom AG (DE), Portugal Telecom Inovacao (PT). Distribution of OpenLab testbeds in Europe. MORE OpenLab QR code generated on INFORMATION:


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FACILITY PROJECTS — CALL 10 FLEX FLEX (FIRE LTE testbeds for open experimentation) aims at contributing a crucial missing piece in FIRE’s infrastructure puzzle: cellular access technologies and Long-Term Evolution (LTE). FLEX’s experimentation environment will feature both open source platforms and configurable commercial equipment that span macro-cell, pico-cell and small-cell setups. FLEX will build upon current FIRE testbed management and experiment control tools and extend them to provide support for the new LTE components, and will develop specialized monitoring tools and methodologies. Focus will be placed on mobility, with the establishment of both real and emulated mobility functionalities on the testbeds. FLEX will organize two Open Calls, aiming to attract research groups to conduct sophisticated experiments, test innovative usages or provide functional extensions of LTE testbeds. How to get involved? The FLEX portal can be reached at where valuable information on how to conduct experiments and use the infrastructure is included. FLEX will organize two Open Calls, one at M6 and one at M14 of the project. The goal of these calls is to attract proposals for innovative usages of the deployed facilities, sophisticated experiments or even functional extensions of the LTE components. The calls have been planned to take place early, in order for provide enough time for the new partners to be integrated in the consortium and provide meaningful contributions. Project facts How does it work? FLEX will establish LTE resources by means of access and core network in existing FIRE facilities thus reducing the integration effort. The LTE resources deployment will take place at the wireless testbeds of NITOS in Greece, w—iLab.t in Belgium and EURECOM in France by using two different setups; the first one based on commercial equipment and the second one using highly configurable Open Source LTE components on an FPGA setup. The first approach offers a commercial network that is configurable and enables testing that needs compliance with the market products while the second one allows for full redesign of the system. The state-of-the-art tools for resource control and experiment orchestration and monitoring will be extended in order to support the LTE specific resources, so as to provide a user friendly way for the experimenter to remotely access the testbeds and evaluate new ideas and protocols. COORDINATOR: Prof. Leandros Tassiulas, University of Thessaly EXECUTION: From 2014-01-01 to 2016-12-31 PARTNERS: University of Thessaly (Greece) (Coordinator), iMinds (Belgium), SiRRAN Engineering Services Ltd. (UK), Eurecom (France), ip.access Ltd. (UK), COSMOTE (Greece), Rutgers – The state university of New Jersey (US), NICTA (Australia). Key objectives Demonstration of supported experiments for FLEX’s infrastructure The main objectives of the project can be summarized in the following: • Provide a truly open and highly configurable experimental facility that uses LTE resources; • Fully integrate the LTE resources with existing FIRE infrastructure; and • Create the circumstances for innovation in the field of 4G networks. MORE FLEX INFORMATION: QR code generated on


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FACILITY PROJECTS — CALL 10 SUNRISE Oceans and lakes cover 71% of the Earth surface, and play a key role for the equilibrium of many earth systems, including climate and weather. Moreover, they support the life of nearly half of all species on earth and about 40% of the global population living within 100 kilometers of a coast. The future of mankind is therefore very dependent on careful monitoring, control and exploitation of the marine environments. As of today, however, our ocean basins are less well mapped, explored and understood than the moon, or even Mars. SUNRISE aims to provide all the tools for the unprecedented monitoring and exploration of marine environments, extending the concept of The Future Internet (i.e., the so called “Internet of Things”) to the underwater domain. SUNRISE directly addresses the FIRE objectives providing innovative technologies for open underwater experimental facilities. Key objectives • Develop innovative solutions to bring the Internet to marine environments; and • Enable the cooperation of static and mobile platforms for enhanced monitoring, control and exploration of the underwater world. How to get involved? How does it work? SUNRISE concerns developing innovative solutions for networking smart devices to monitor and control the marine environments. Several underwater platforms, including unmanned mobile robots, will be deployed in five different marine areas including the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Black Sea, lakes and canals. These devices will be interconnected wirelessly, through prevailing underwater communication technologies (e.g., acoustic and optical). Data collected by sensors, whether on static or mobile platforms, will be delivered to a central command and control station, where scientist and experts will be able to check the status of the marine environment and take any action, if needed. SUNRISE will enable for the first time an accurate monitoring of large marine areas ‘in real time’. The five SUNRISE facilities should be accessible at the end of the first year of project. User participation at any level will be eased by a user-friendly web interface, enabling the connection to remote underwater devices, to request measurements, and to remotely monitor the status of marine areas. The SUNRISE project will also extend its infrastructure through two Open Calls. The first one will be launched after 12 months from the beginning of the project and the second one after 18 months. Project facts COORDINATOR: Chiara Petrioli, University of Rome “La Sapienza” EXECUTION: From 2013-09-01 to 2016-08-31 PARTNERS: University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy) (Coordinator), Evologics Gmb (Germany), NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (Italy), Nexse s.r.l. (Italy), SUASIS Underwater Systems Technology Limited (Turkey), The Research Foundation of State University of New York (University at Buffalo) (U.S.A.), Universidade do Porto (Portugal), Universiteit Twente (The Netherlands). MORE SUNRISE INFORMATION: QR code generated on SUNRISE federated testing infrastructure.



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