Project Overview

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Experimentally-driven research is key to the 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. The project extends 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 OpenLab project has been running since September 2011 and will be completed in March 2014.

Project Implementation

OpenLab’s will make a major contribution by deepening the capabilities of its various testbeds, inherited from FIRE’s former OneLab and Panlab initiatives as well as other valuable sources. OpenLab advances early FIRE prototypes that have proven their capabilities. OpenLab will associate and extend them, enhancing the value of the FIRE portfolio of facilities.

•OpenLab will issue open calls to users in industry and academia to submit proposals for innovative experiments using the OpenLab’s technologies and testbeds, and will devote one million euros to funding the best of these proposals.
–Open call 1 – Month 1
–Open call 2 – Month 16
•OpenLab‘s work in all areas will be assessed at two interoperability testing events (also known as bake-offs or plugfests),
that will be the occasions to see the extent to which the tools work across the testbeds.
–Bake-off 1 – Month 18
–Bake-off 2 – Month 27

Key Objectives

•Control plane objectives
–Advance the emerging international SFA
(Slice-based Facility Architecture) standard that governs resource discovery,
authentication, and authorization.
–Enable a federation of federations of testbeds (OMF, Teagle, MyPLC and SFA)
–Develop specific control-plane oriented tools
–Extend the PlanetLab Europe Consortium to include other testbeds
•Experimentation plane objectives
–Enable a set of experiment control tools
to operate
across multiple testbeds.
–Extend the Network Measurement Virtual
Observatory (nmVO), to store data for
a much wider range of
heterogeneous testbeds, both wired and wireless.
–Define common standards for collecting usage data across testbeds

Project Achievements

The project has been represented at the following public events.

  • Social Networks and Future
    Internet Workshop (Annecy, France, June 2011)
  • 2nd FIRE “Open Calls”
    Information Day (Brussels, Belgium, September 2011).
  • ICT Call 8 Information Day for
    Japanese Researchers  (Tokyo, Japan,
    October 2011)
  • Future Internet Week, FIA/FIRE/ServiceWave
    (Poznan, Poland, October 2011)





For More Information Visit the project website here

For More information you can contact the following researchers:

Phelim Dowling


Joe Tynan