UCLP can be very simply thought of as a configuration and partition manager that exposes each lightpath in a physical network and each network element associated with a lightpath as an ‘object’ or ‘service’ that  can be put under the control of different network users to create their own  IP network topologies. This  way several network operators can make part of their resources available to end users so that they can decide when they want to create/delete end to end connections or change the network topology.

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A pre-commercial prototype obtained in Enigma Enhanced project results was developed in the E3MS project. Moreover, in this version there has been an improvement of the CAC (Call  Admission Controller) internal architecture and of the MPLS management network tool. Besides, a patent proposal for all the internal algorithm of the E3MS project was presented to the European Patent Office, enabling the provisioning of QoS in a MPLS backbone network framework.

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PHOSPHORUS will address some of the key technical challenges to enable on-demand e2e network services across multiple domains. The PHOSPHORUS network concept and test-bed will make applications aware of their complete Grid resources (computational and networking) environment and capabilities, and able to make dynamic, adaptive and optimized use of heterogeneous network infrastructures connecting various high-end resources.

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DREAMS is a research and development project on Network Architectures and Network Technologies. The main goal is the design, conception, development and deployment of an experimental optical DWDM network, based on R-OADM devices and both GMPLS control plane and UCLP-based provisioning.

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The aim of the PIT-CAT project is related to the design, development and exploitation of a ToIP (ToIP neutral point) neutral exchange platform between operators. It is worth mentioning that the neutral point is aimed at enabling the interoperability between different VoIP platforms (SIP, H323) and codecs in order to facilitate the voice traffic exchange between private networks of VoIP operators. This voice exchange neutral point will be located in CESCA and will enable the different VoIP operators to try and validate it to allow them to propose business models regarding the VoIP management.

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FEDERICA is a two-and-a-half-year European project to implement an experimental network infrastructure for trialling new networking technologies.
This infrastructure is intended to be agnostic as to the type of protocols, services and applications that may be trialled, whilst allowing disruptive experiments to be undertaken. The aim is to develop mechanisms that will allow such experiments to be run over existing production networks without adverse effect.

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The MANTICORE II project is built upon the successful results achieved by its predecessor: the MANTICORE project. MANTICORE delivered a proof of concept of an IaaS Framework based system to manage logical routers, physical routers and IP Networks. This proof of concept allows a network operator to partition its physical routers in several logical routers and allows third parties to control them; thus delivering infrastructure as a service for logical and physical routers. These third parties can integrate logical/physical routers acquired from several providers into their own IP Networks, and configure the internal (OSPF, RIP) as well as external (BGP) routing protocols.

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PAIS project will develop and deploy an optical testbed facility that will available to the Catalan ICT sector to validate next-generation optical equipment and services. One of the objectives of the PAIS project will be the design and implementation of an optical multiplexing node based on ROADM technology (and Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer) with carrier-class specifications. The transport network will be deployed in Barcelona Metropolitan Area, with nodes at i2Cat (Campus Nord), the Municipal Institute of Informatics (IMI, 22@) and Orange Catalunya (Pedrosa-L’Hospitalet de Llobregat ). Another key activity of the project will be to validate a FTTH (Fiber-to-the-Home) platform. This validation will be done in Bufalvent industrial park, near Manresa, which will be connected to the testbed. This network extension will test and validate FTTH services aligned with the requirements of the Future Internet.

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The objective of this proposal is the creation of a leading edge network supporting a much enhanced range of services, both network and added value services, targeted at end-users across the GÉANT service area. A principal goal will be to create a portfolio of seamless multi domain services. In contrast to GN2, its predecessor project, much more emphasis is placed on service development and service introduction.

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Internet Future Architectures for Media Independent Services and Protocols

This project will tackle the Future of Internet from both a revolutionary and evolutionary perspective, in order to understand the benefits and disadvantages of each approach and be able to compare them. Additionally, the project will take into account solutions thought to improve three important lacks of the current Internet: energy efficiency, heterogeneity of information and coexistence of networks. In order to do so, two technologies have been identified as potential solutions to some of these problems: i) Media Independence and ii) Virtualization. On the one hand, Media Independence enables the decoupling of physical and overlay infrastructure by introducing an abstraction layer between link and network layers. On the other hand Virtualization enables the creation of overlay networks spanning multiple technologies and realms, hence being a very useful tool for context-aware service composition.

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