The Project

Fed4FIRE is an Integrating Project under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) addressing the work programme topic Future Internet Research and Experimentation. It started in October 2012 and will run for 48 months, until the end of September 2016.

Project Overview

Experimentally driven research is considered to be a key factor for growing the European Internet industry. In order to enable this type of RTD activities, a number of projects for building a European facility for Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) have been launched, each project targeting a specific community within the Future Internet ecosystem. Through the federation of these infrastructures, innovative experiments become possible that break the boundaries of these domains. Besides, infrastructure developers can utilize common tools of the federation, allowing them to focus on their core testbed activities.

Recent projects have already successfully demonstrated the advantages of federation within a community. The Fed4FIRE project intends to implement the next step in these activities by successfully federating across the community borders and offering openness for future extensions.

Scientific and Technical Objectives

Fed4FIRE will pursue the following scientific and technical objectives:

  • Open, accessible and reliable facilities supporting a wide variety of different Internet research communities
  • Simple, efficient, and cost effective experimental processes
  • Increased trustworthiness of facilities
  • Sustainability of the experimental infrastructures
Technical Approachproject2

Fed4FIRE will establish a common federation framework by developing, adapting or adopting tools that support experiment lifecycle management, monitoring and trustworthiness. A large number of existing experimentation facilities in Europe will be adapted to seamlessly integrate in the federation. Such facilities typically focus on different kinds of networking related research or on different communities regarding services and applications. Example domains are optical networking, wireless networking, software defined networking, cloud computing, grid computing, smart cities, etc. Therefore the federation will have to support a very heterogeneous set of requirements. To guarantee that the federation framework meets all of them, representatives of all these FIRE research communities will be actively involved in the definition of the federation architecture. Each of them will also lead the uptake of the Fed4FIRE platform in their specific community.

Scope of the Federation Framework

The Fed4FIRE federation framework will enable experiments that combine facilities from the different FIRE research communities. To validate the effectiveness of the framework, researchers from different Future Internet areas will be invited through Open Calls to perform innovative experiments using the Fed4FIRE federation. Their experiences will be used to further develop the federation framework. Additional infrastructures will also be invited to join the consortium.

Project time schedule and opportunities for experiments

The project, having started in October 2012 and running over 4 years, is split in two phases:

  1. The development activities will take place in the first three project years – until September 2015.
  2. The last year the project will run in “sustainability mode”. This means that the Fed4FIRE experimentation facilities will still be available for experimenters, to use the facilities for free but without funding for the experimenters from the Fed4FIRE project (which is the case in Open Calls for experimenters).

Until now, the Fed4FIRE project organised two Open Calls for Experiments and new Tesdbeds/Facilities as well as two specific Open Calls for SME Experimenters. Two additional calls for SME Experimenters are in consideration (to be confirmed).

The facilities will be open for experimenters, beyond participation in the Fed4FIRE Open Calls for Experiments, until the end of the project. Interested parties to perform experiments on the Fed4FIRE facilities can contact the project at any time to explore opportunities to perform the experiments.

The Project Partners
Partner name Short Country
P01-iMinds Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology iMinds Belgium
 P02-iti University of Southhamton IT Innovation United Kingdom
 P03-UPMC Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6 UPMC  France
 P04-Fraunhofer_FOKUS Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. Fraunhofer  Germany
 P05-TUB Technische Universitat Berlin TUB  Germany
 P06-UEDIN The University of Edinburgh UEDIN United Kingdom
 P07-INRIA Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique INRIA  France
 P08-NICTA National ICT Australia Limited NICTA  Australia
 P09-ATOS ATOS Spain SA ATOS  Spain
 P10-UTH Panepistimo Thessalias (University of Thessaly) UTH  Greece
 P11-NTUA National Technical University of Athens NTUA  Greece
 P13-UNIBRIS University of Bristol UNIVBRIS United Kingdom
P14-i2CAT Fundacio Privada I2CAT, Internet i Innovacaio Digital a Catalunya i2CAT  Spain
 P14-EUR Eurescom-European Institute for Research and Strategic Studies in Telecommunications GmbH EUR  Germany
 P15-dante Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe Limited DANTE Limited United Kingdom
P16-UC Universidad de Cantabria UC Spain
 P17-NIA National Information Society Agency NIA  Korea (Republic of)
 u-malaga Universidad de Malaga UMA  Spain
 upc Universitat Poiltecnica de Catalunya UPC Spain
 P18-ucarlos3 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid UC3M Spain
 P19-Elecnor Deimos Space Sociedad Limitada Unipersonal DEIMOS  Spain
 P20-magyar Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia Szamitastechnikai es Automatizalasikutatointezet MTA SZTAKI  Hungary
 P21-nuigalway National University of Ireland, Galway NUI Galway  Ireland
 P22-lancaster Lancaster University ULANC  United Kingdom
 P22-woox WooX InnovationsBelgium NV WOOX  Belgium
 P23-UKent University of Kent UKent United Kingdom
 P24-bt British Telecommunicaitons Public Limited Company BT United Kingdom
 P25-televes  TELEVES SA  TELEVES Spain
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