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EVELEIGH, Australia

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.6 | Award Amount: 6.76M | Year: 2010

The main target of CREW is to establish an open federated test platform, which 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.\nThe CREW platform incorporates 5 individual wireless testbeds (heterogeneous ISM @ iMinds-Gent, heterogeneous licensed @ TCD-Dublin, cellular @ TUD-Dresden, wireless sensor @ TUB-Berlin, outdoor heterogeneous ISM/TVWS @ JSI-Ljubljana) augmented with SoA cognitive sensing platforms from IMEC (Belgium) and TCS (France).\nCREW will physically and virtually federate components by linking together software and hardware entities from different partners using a standardized transceiver API, realizing advanced cognitive sensing functionality. In addition, the CREW federation will establish a benchmarking framework, enabling experiments under controlled and reproducible test conditions and providing methodologies for automated performance analysis, allowing a fair comparison between different cognitive concepts or between subsequent developments. Data sets created under benchmarked conditions according to a common data structure enable the emulation of CREW components in other experimental or simulation environments.\nThe basic CREW federation will be operational at the end of the first year for external use. Through three open calls (at month 12, month 24 and month 36) external experimenters will be attracted for using the CREW platform, leading to an open and demand-driven expansion of the federation and its usage.\nAlong with the federation activities, a strong interaction with the FIRE coordination and support actions will be realized, hereby ensuring maximal compliance of the CREW platform to the overall vision of the FIRE facilities.\nFinally, the CREW project will implement a sustainability business model for exploitation of the federated testbed from year 4 on and beyond the project.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.1.7 | Award Amount: 6.62M | Year: 2014

FIRE initiative targets the creation of a multidisciplinary research platform for investigation and experimental evaluation of innovative ideas in networking and services.At the infrastructure level, such a platform should embrace all major wired and wireless access technologies.FLEX aims at contributing a crucial missing piece in FIREs infrastructure puzzle:cellular access technologies and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) in particular.LTE 4G cellular networks are gradually being adopted by all major operators in the world and are expected to rule the cellular landscape at least for the current decade. They will also form the starting point for further progress, ushering in the era of 5G mobile networks.The lack of open or at least openly configurable cellular equipment and core network software has limited applied research in this field within the boundaries of vendor and operator R&D groups.In FLEX we will build programmable LTE components as extensions to existing European testbeds, thus providing an open and remotely accessible platform for experimentation with LTE.The deployment of LTE components will take place on three existing and well-established FIRE wireless testbeds, thus reducing the required integration effort, and placing it instead on novel aspects of LTE experimentation-driven research.FLEXs experimentation environment will feature both open source platforms and configurable commercial equipment that span macro-cell, pico-cell and small-cell setups. We will build upon current FIRE testbed management and experiment control tools and extend them to provide support for the new LTE components, and we 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

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.1.7 | Award Amount: 1.31M | Year: 2013

The main target at which SMARTFIRE aims is the design and implementation of a shared experimental facility spanning different islands located in Europe (EU) and South Korea (KR). This large scaled facility will promote joint experimentation among EU and KR experimenters, encouraging them to conceive and implement innovative protocols, able to take advantage of the current leading network technologies. Existing testbed infrastructures in EU and KR, already featuring WiFi enabled nodes, wireless sensors and supporting WiMax, LTE and OpenFlow technologies, are going to be extended and federated in the experimental, as well as the control plane. These two directions are going to be supported by the leading experimental frameworks adapted by most EU testbeds, the cOntrol and Management Framework (OMF) and the Slice Federation Architecture (SFA). The OMF framework, currently supporting control and experimentation in wireless islands, is going to be expanded, in order to support experimentation with OpenFlow switches, thus integrating wireless with\nOpenFlow testbeds. Moreover, unique features, only existing in the KR testbeds will be integrated into OMF, in order to unleash the hidden potential of experimenting with heterogeneous resources. The federation in the control plane that allows assignment of multiple heterogeneous resources under a single slice is going to be developed through the extensions of SFA. Interconnection of the aforementioned islands will take advantage of the GEANT network, in the case of the EU research sites, while the respective KOREN/KREONET will be utilized by the KR sites. The two currently disjoint networks are going to be interconnected via the Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN3/TEIN4) and the Global Ring Network for Advanced Application Development (GLORIAD). Finally, SMARTFIRE aims at the implementation of various pilot use cases, designed to demonstrate the power of the EU-KR shared Future Internet experimental facility.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.1.6 | Award Amount: 7.23M | Year: 2011

Experimentally-driven research is key to success in exploring the possible futures of the Internet. An open, general-purpose, shared experimental facility, both large-scale and sustainable, is essential for European industry and academia to innovate today and assess the performance of their solutions. OpenLab brings together the essential ingredients for such a facility. We extend early prototypes of testbeds, middleware, and measurement tools so as to provide more efficient and flexible support for a diverse set of experimental applications and protocols. The prototypes include a set of demonstrably successful testbeds: PlanetLab Europe, with its 153 partner/user institutions across Europe; the NITOS and w-iLab.t wireless testbeds; two IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) telco testbeds for exploring merged media distribution; a green networking testbed; the ETOMIC high precision network measurement testbed; and the HEN emulation testbed. Associated with these testbeds are similarly successful control- and experimental-plane software. OpenLab advances these prototypes with key enhancements in the areas of mobility, wireless, monitoring, domain interconnections, and the integration of new technologies such as OpenFlow. These enhancements will be transparent to existing users of each testbed, while opening up a diversity of new experiments that users can perform, extending from wired and wireless media distribution to distributed and autonomous management of new social interactions and localized services, going far beyond what can be tested on the current Internet. OpenLab results will advance the goal of a unified Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) facility. In addition, OpenLab can provide models for the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP). Finally, OpenLab will issue open calls to users in industry and academia to submit proposals for innovative experiments using the OpenLabs technologies and testbeds, and will devote one million euros to funding the best of these proposals.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.1.7 | Award Amount: 2.41M | Year: 2013

Forging Online Education through FIRE (FORGE) is a project proposal bringing the FIRE and eLearning worlds together. FORGE will align FIRE with the ongoing education revolution for mutual benefit. In particular, this project is concerned with specifying development methodologies and best practices for offering FIRE experimentation facilities to learners and to the learning community in general, related both to communications and IT but also to other disciplines including the sciences and social sciences, leading to a strong connection between the learning community and existing FIRE platforms and supporting tools. The learning community will benefit from the use of the very high performance facilities. FIRE will benefit through the addition of an ever-growing set of FIRE-specific learning materials for an increasing number of FIRE-based students, leading to increased awareness and use.\nWithin the FORGE project we will:\n Study and develop new processes and approaches to online learning based on the integration of FIRE facilities and eLearning technologies.\n Inject into the higher education learning sphere the FIRE portfolio of facilities and tools.\n Introduce the learning community to the concepts of Experimentally Driven Research.\n Increase the overall accessibility and usability of FIRE facilities through the layering of how-to-use resources over the FIRE platforms.\nThe FORGE project believes that it is the right time for students, especially those at higher education institutes, to become familiar with FIREs portfolio. Most FIRE platforms and tools are already sufficiently mature to be used by end-users and thus can be introduced seamlessly to current student curricula. Moreover, by targeting students we are aiming at the next-generation future-internet facilities users who having learnt through FIRE facilities will be enthusiastic future FIRE users. By investing in students, FORGE is creating a path for FIREs long-term sustainability.

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