FIBRE. Future Internet testbeds/experimentation between Brazil and Europe

i2CAT is the European coordinator of the FIBRE FP7 project, funded under the EU-Brazil collaboration call. The FIBRE project has just started in October and will be finished in 30 months. i2CAT is currently organising the Kick-Off Meeting, which will be held in Poznan, Poland, on 27th and 28th October, during the Future Internet Week . i2CAT will send a delegation to meet with other FIBRE partners from Europe and Brazil.

European partners:

  • i2CAT. Foundation,Research and Innovation in the Internet Area (Spain)
  • NXW. Nextworks s.r.l. (Italy)
  • UEssex. University of Essex (U.K.)
  • UPMC. Pierre and Marie Curie University (France)
  • UTH. University of Thessaly (Greece)
  • NICTA. National ICT Australia. (Australia)

Brazilian partners:

  • UFPA. Federal University of Pará
  • RNP. Brazil’s National Education and Research Network
  • CPqD. Telecommunications Research and Development Centre
  • UFF. Fluminense Federal University
  • UFG. Federal University of Goiás
  • UFSCar. Federal University of São Carlos
  • UFRJ. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • UNIFACS. Salvador University
  • USP. University of São Paulo

What is FIBRE?

The main objective of FIBRE project is to create a common space between the EU and Brazil for Future Internet (FI) experimental research into network infrastructure and distributed applications. It is about building and operating a federated large-scale experimental FI facility distributed between Brazil and Europe, to foster the generation of new Brazilian-European partnerships that innovate in FI infrastructure and applications. This overall goal can be broken down int the following objectives:

  1. Build a shared large-scale experimental facility that enables experimentation on network infrastructure and distributed applications, consisting in a new testbed in Brazil and an enhancement of the FP7 OFELIA facility.
  2. Federate the Brazilian and European facilities, to allow researchers to use resources of both testbeds in the same experiment.
  3. Showcase the potential of the facility by demonstrating experimental network-enabled applications deployed on top of the federated facilities resources.
  4. Enhance the collaboration and exchange of knowledge between European and Brazilian researchers in the field of Future Internet.

FIBRE in Europe

The European testbed is composed of three independent islands that will initially operate independently and will be interconnected and federated later in the project. Two of these islands (the ones located at UEssex and i2CAT premises) belong to the OFELIA facility and will be enhanced to support the requirements of the FIBRE project. The other island (located at UTH premises) is part of the OneLab federation of testbeds.

OFELIA’s testbeds will be enhanced by adding more physical resources to be able to cope with a bigger number of users and different use cases, improving its respective control frameworks and adding more manpower to operate the facilities. One of the OFELIA testbeds, will also be improved to act as the European Hub to allow the federation with the Brazilian testbeds.

Another EU FIBRE partner, University of Thessaly (UTH), offers to FIBRE a heterogeneous wireless testbed called NITOS (Network Implementation Testbed using Open Source platforms). NITOS is the main wireless facility of the OneLab infrastructure.  The testbed infrastructure of UTH will be enhanced with a meso-scale wireless testbed and a large number of clients. Additionally, UTH will develop a wired infrastructure based on OpenFlow routers. The wired and the wireless infrastructure will be interconnected with each other, federated and offered as part of the FIBRE facility.

Figure 1. i2CAT island (showing FIBRE and OFELIA resources)

FIBRE in Brazil

The Brazilian part of FIBRE is supported by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brazil (CNPq), an agency linked to the Ministry of Science and Tecnologia (MCT), dedicated to the promotion of scientific and technological research and to the formation of human resources for research in the country.

The Brazilian testbeds will include sites at each of the nine Brazilian partners in this project called Institutional Facilities (IF) connected by long-distance network connections that will later on be integrated to form a single wide-area FI testbed facility. Each site will have a minimum common infrastructure composed of a nucleus of OpenFlow-capable switches and then propose its own possible extensions, integrating site-specific resources to FIBRE.

Figure 2. FIBRE-BR site with examples of site-specific resources and external connectivity

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