The Distributed Applications and Networks Area (DANA) of the i2CAT Foundation aims to research, develop and innovate on new network technologies to offer to the ICT sector new tools and technologies to promote the adoption of new business models and the development of local business initiatives.

DANA activity is focused on the creation of new ICT systems to solve present uncovered necessities, especially those that require specific telecommunications infrastructure.

The key of i2CAT success is a Triple-Helix innovation model (Loet Leydesdorff) to promote a collaborative partnership between the Administration, Enterprises and Academia.

DANA develops its research mainly through local, national and European R+D projects in a Triple Helix innovation model, focused on the following topics:

Management planes and control of advanced telecommunication networks

  • Management of Virtualized Transport Networks
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) models
  • End-to-end network provision services

Fiber to the Home technologies

  • Advanced applications
  • Transparent technology evaluation
  • New topologies for Open access networks

High speed experimental facilities

  • L1/L2/L3 and application-level experimentation. I2CAT operates a experimental network with three optical nodes in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area
  • Testing environment with multi-technology and multi-vendor validation Green IT Low power consumption network technologies New network management paradigms

Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA)

John Day developed the Inter Process Communication (IPC) model for networking in his book “Patterns in Network Architecture“. This model departs from the basic premise that “networking is IPC and only IPC”,  and yields a recursive architecture that sees networking as a set of layers that provide IPC services to each other, each layer managing a range of bandwidth and quality of service. The CTX has joined  the Boston University, the TSSG and TRIA Network Systems to further research RINA and work towards its deployment in the future.