TSSG contributes to an international scale Future Internet research testbed



Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) is an EU funded initiative that has recognised the internet as not simply a communication tool but rather the backbone of modern day living. Its growth is inextricably linked to social, economic and cultural developments while its limits are constantly pushed by feature filled apps emerging from cutting edge technologies. The TSSG has a long history in FIRE on FP7 projects such as PanLabs II, PERIMETER and Vital++.

A key aim for FIRE is to promote the concept of experimentally driven research while creating a large scale experimentation facility to provide the tools to conduct this work. TSSG researchers are making significant contributions to this effort through the €7M FP7 funded OpenLab project. OpenLab brings together 19 of the leading testbed providers from around Europe and beyond. With previous experience in integrating and federating testbeds, the partners on this project have set challenging goals to extend existing testbed facilities while merging these same facilities through control plane and experimental plane federation activities.In effect, this means that under the hood the partner testbeds will be interconnected while on the surface they expose their resources by providing user friendly accessibility to experimenters to trial their work

The OpenLab project is more than half way through its 30 month duration and is already progressing the integration of wildly varying and heterogeneous testbeds and resources. Combining wired, wireless and virtual environments the project is enabling large scale testing of emerging products fuelled by global demand for feature rich services. For example, at a recent event, project partners demonstrated video streaming between the wireless NITOS and the wired Planetlab Europe testbeds using the SFA (Slice Federation Architecture) and OMF (Control Management Framework) federation technologies.

The TSSG work on this project is two fold. Firstly we are expanding and developing the testbed resources and services that we offer locally. A key goal for TSSG is to provide a service to experimenters where they can incubate and test application level P2P traffic routing algorithms with an aim to guaranteeing a certain level of QoS. This is centred around our IMS testbed and involves the addition of the OpenFlow protocol to enable discovery and provisioning of network resources. Secondly, we are collaborating with the other partners to develop and implement the hooks and tools that will allow for integrated testing and experimentation across geographically distributed and technologically varying testbeds.

The proof of impact of the OpenLab project is apparent in the Open calls for experiments that are being coordinated by the project partners. The OpenLab project issued one open call for experiments on its federated testbeds in 2011 while the results of the second call are just about to be announced. Here it is widely expected that new project partners will choose the TSSG IMS testbed to run novel experiments. Researchers from both academia and industry were invited to propose and submit experiments that demonstrate technological expertise, scientific novelty and quality in the area of the Future Internet, e.g. the ALLEGRA project from the first open call is delivering and evaluating the worlds first geo-location aware greedy internet routing prototype. Facilitating industry innovation for the successful market uptake of new products and services is another important driver for our testbeds. Also, this is a truly international effort as already proposals have been submitted from many EU countries as well as China and Japan.


For further information contact:

Phelim Dowling (pdowling@tssg.org)
Joe Tynan (jtynan@tssg.org)

Local project information
OpenLab Project Website