Harmony in the IEEE Communications Magazine July issue

Once again, the Harmony software and the Distributed Applications and Networks Area (DANA) members, Joan A. García-Espín and myself,  Jordi Ferrer Riera, appear in a journal article. This time our work has been published in the IEEE Communications Magazine, one of the top communications journal holding the third greatest impact factor in the field of communications networks.

During the first half of 2010, we performed several performance and scalability studies of the Harmony system. Some of these results were published at the IEEE Globecom 2010 conference, as was explained in early November last year. This time, on the contrary, the work performed during the experiments has been merged with the work carried out by other research teams in other experiments over the FEDERICA infrastructure. The combination of all the experiments over the virtual isolated slices created by the FEDERICA management tool.

FEDERICA is one of the facilities, based on virtualization capabilities in both network and computing resources, which creates custom-made virtual environments and makes them available for Future Internet Researchers. The main goal of the paper, entitled Enabling Future Internet Research: the FEDERICA Case, was to put together the experiments and experiences of the researchers within the experiments. It also contained a description of the different experiments and their profiles, showing how virtualisation and isolated slices can help in the research and experimentation towards a Future Internet. In fact, the article provides a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art research projects that have been using the virtual infrastructure slices of FEDERICA in order to validate their research concepts, even when they are disruptive to the test beds infrastructure, to obtain results in realistic network environments.

FEDERICA physical substrate infrastructure

The complete reference of the article follows:

Szegedi, P., Ferrer Riera, J., García-Espín, J.A., Hidell, M., Sjodin, P., Soderman, P., Ruffini, M., O’Mahony, D., Bianco, A., Giraudo, L., Ponce de Leon, M., Power, G., Cervello-Pastor, C., Lopez, V., and Naegele-Jackson, S.: Enabling Future Internet Research: the FEDERICA Case. Communications Magazine, IEEE, July 2011, vol.49, issue 7, pp 54-61, ISSN: 0163-6804, DOI: 101109/MCOM.2011.5936155

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About Jordi Ferrer Riera

Graduated in Computer Science in June 2009 at Facultat d'Informàtica de Barcelona (FIB), centre belonging to the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). He achieved the Telematic Networks and Operating Systems profile. He joins the Network Technologies Cluster of the i2CAT foundation as a software engineer in early 2007 for developing the MANTICORE (Making APN Network Topologies in the Internet COREs) project (2007-2008). In 2008 he starts his collaboration in the FP6 EU funded integrated project PHOSPHORUS (Lambda User Controlled Infrastructure for European Research) IST-034115. In 2009 he also starts working in the MANTICORE II project, an enhanced version of the first proof-of-concept prototype. He also collaborates with the GLIF Generic Network Interface Technical Group (GNI-TG), adapting the Harmony Service Interface (HSI) to the GNI specification. In 2010, he starts collaborating actively in the FP7 EU funded GEYSERS (Generalised Architecture for Dynamic Infrastrucutre Services). He is currently a Ph. D. candidate of the Design and Evaluation of Broadband Networks and Services group within the Telematics Engineering Department of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). His research topics are focused on optical network virtualization, infrastructure as a service paradigm, on-demand broadband services, Grid and Cloud computing, dynamic hybrid resource allocation systems, and resource modelling.
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