XIFI - eXperimental Infrastructures for the Future Internet

Project Overview


XIFI - eXperimental Infrastructures for the Future Internet logo

WIT through TSSG is bringing its experience in defining requirements, architecture and specification of Federated Testbed components. Working closely with HEANet, the Irish National Research and Educational Network, the TSSG team will realise the XIFI Irish node. This will involve work on Continuous Integration and Documentation of the Tools and APIs needed for the Federated Infrastructure, Testing and Validation on the Testbed and technical topics such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) using technologies such as OpenFlow and Network-as-a-Service (NaaS). Initial deployment is scheduled for Year 1 of the project while Year 2 will bring expansion of the XIFI Core.

 

WIT is also leading the Training and Knowledge Transfer efforts of the project. This involves packaging and distributing material to educate and train the different stakeholders on how to use and and interact with the XIFI framework. WIT is also involved in Community Building and Training efforts. WIT will also contribute to Social and Business Impacts, Dissemination and Exploitation and Standardisation.

Project Implementation


XIFI will establish a sustainable marketplace for trial infrastructures and Future Internet services. XIFI will achieve this vision by integrating and federating a multiplicity of heterogeneous environments – starting from the generic and specific enablers provided by the FI-WARE core platform and the FI-PPP use cases and early trials. Through this approach XIFI will demonstrate and validate the potential and capabilities of a unified market for Future Internet facilities overcoming a number of existing limitations to the current set of Future Internet experimental infrastructures available across Europe, such as fragmentation, interoperability and scalability. XIFI will also extend its efforts to include the results of other Future Internet services and R&D work. Initially the federation of infrastructures will consist of a core backbone five nodes located in five different European countries enabled with the Technology Foundation services (from the FI-PPP project FI-WARE) to be ready before the start of FI-PPP phase 3 (at month 12 of XIFI). This initial set will be enlarged during the second year with new use cases and collaborating local and regional infrastructures.

 

Key Objectives


XIFI will provide significant added value to Future Internet service and application developers. Specifically XIFI will:

  • Facilitate unified access to large-scale infrastructures by providing a single entry point for users
  • Provide access to generic enablers with assured QoS and reliability that go beyond best effort
  • Offer a federation service through which the infrastructures can offer their capabilities using new and existing business models
  • Enable infrastructures to be shared across different use cases

XIFI will provide training, support and assistance including integration guidelines and the promotion of best practice between large-scale trials and infrastructure nodes.

These activities aim at facilitating the uptake and continued use of the FI-PPP results.

 

Funding


EU FP7.

Contact


Contact Eamonn Power (epower@tssg.org) or visit the XIFI Website (https://www.fi-xifi.eu).

Tel: +353 51 302956