Fed4FIRE. Federation for FIRE.

i2CAT is a partner of the Fed4FIRE project, funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The Fed4FIRE project has just started in October and will be finished in 48 months. The Kick-Off meeting was held in Gent, Belgium, jointly with a workshop the past 1st to 5th October. An i2CAT delegation went there ant met with other Fed4FIRE partners from Europe, Korea and Australia.

For 5 days the members of the consortium met to carry out discussions about the several aspects of the project and attend some workshops about the different infrastructures and technologies involved in it.

Fed4FIRE partners:

  • Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT), Belgium
  • University of Southampton (IT Innovation), United Kingdom
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), France
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (Fraunhofer), Germany
  • Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Germany
  • The University of Edinburgh (EPCC), United Kingdom
  • Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), France
  • National ICT Australia (NICTA), Australia
  • ATOS Spain (ATOS), Spain
  • University of Thessaly (UTH), Greece
  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece
  • University of Bristol (UnivBRIS), United Kingdom
  • Fundacio Privada i2CAT, Internet i Innovacio Digital a Catalunya (i2CAT), Spain
  • European Institute for Research and Strategic Studies in Telecommunications (EUR), Germany
  • Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE), United Kingdom
  • Universidad de Cantabria (UC), Spain
  • National Information Society Agency (NIA), Korea

What is Fed4FIRE?

Fed4FIRE ‘s main objective is to deliver open and easily accessible facilities to the FIRE experimentation communities by federating them in a demand-driven common framework. This framework will provide simple, efficient, and cost effective experimental processes built around experimenters’ and facility owners’ requirements.

FIRE experimentation communities include OpenFlow network infrastructures like OFELIA and FIBRE in which i2CAT also participates or KOREN in Korea; wireless infrastructures like the NITOS testbed in the University of Thessaloniky (UTH) or NORBIT in NICTA, Australia; emulation testbeds like the Virtual Wall in IBBT in Belgium; optical fibre infrastructures like Experimenta, also in i2CAT or the ADVA ROADM in University of Bristol; and many other facility types like PlanetLab-based, open network measurement and software designed radio testbeds.

i2CAT in Fed4FIRE

Apart from providing its expertise and knowhow about the OFELIA and Experimenta infrastructures that will be federated, i2CAT contributes in this project mainly in two workpackages: Infrastructures workpackage and Experiment workflow tools and lifecycle management workpackage. The first one’s objective is to gather and analyse the requirements of the infrastructures community to perform all the necessary modifications to implement the Fed4FIRE common functionality. If necessary, a limited number of additional developments will be carried out to promote the federation. i2CAT will contribute by helping in the gathering of requirements, the deployment of the adapter API to request and access on-demand resources and implement the OFELIA Control Framework modifications for the experiment management and monitoring.

The second workpackage objective is to work out a detailed architecture for experiment lifecycle management by defining a set of interfaces and protocols to allow an experimenter to create and run experiments that comprise resources from one or multiple administrative domains. i2CAT will contribute in the definition of the Fed4FIRE data model, registry, resource discovery and the resource reservation and provisioning mechanism.

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