i2CAT and DANA presence at the Future Internet Assembly

i2CAT will have a strong presence in this year’s Future Internet Assembly which will take place in Athens  between the 17th and 20th of March. Several members of the DANA team will participate in a number of workshops that tackle the most current future internet topics. One of these workshop sessions is actually chaired and organised by DANA, under the name of “NFV: From hype towards actual implementation and deployment“. This session will provide insight to NFV from industrial and research points of view. The session panel will foster an interactive discussion involving the audience to address, among others, the above mentioned questions. The primary goal of the session is to provide an overview of the current status of NFV, and to identify and discuss what are the next major steps to be taken towards the adoption of NFV-compliant solutions within production environments. Besides chairing the session and triggering the panel discussions, DANA will perform a live demo to give a practical perspective of NFV implementation using OpenNaaS and show how NFV can benefit from open source platforms. The demonstration will present the first proof-of-concept implementation of the virtualization of the routing function considering the current co-existence of IPv4 and IPv6 and the possibilities brought by OpenFlow-enabled infrastructures.

Moreover i2CAT will also be demonstrating the IRATI RINA stack. The FIRE group has been very kind to provide an exhibition space to each of the different projects funded under this unit to showcase the current results of their research, calling the overall event “Hands on FIRE“. Moreover, FIRE is organizing a series of pre-FIA workshops discussing testbed interoperability, the evolution of FIRE, social networks and big data. We will be demonstrating the simplicity and flexibility provided by the RINA structure compared to the current Internet architecture. The demo will be featuring a mock-up of a Virtual Private Network spanning three management domains: the customer network, the network service provider network and the datacentre network. The demo will show how the VPN – implemented using the same building blocks as the three underlying networks – allows applications in the customer network to communicate with applications in the datacentre network. The physical resources of two OFELIA islands (i2CAT and ETH-Zurich) will be used to support the IRATI demonstration.

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Finally, the FIBRE project coordinated by i2CAT will have a booth for presenting two posters and a demo. One of the posters is the FIBRE project poster, where general info about FIBRE is presented: objectives, distribution of the federated testbeds, general info about the physical infrastructure of each testbed and intercontinental links between Europe and Brazil. The second poster offers a description of what is showcased in the demo and a detailed vision of what is behind the curtain in the demo: the architecture and modules interfaces as well as the network topology and the system building blocks. The demo, called “BoD services through an OpenFlow-based federated FIRE infrastructure” uses FIBRE to deploy an SDN topology over which a controller automatically implements BoD services and setups the provisioning of the circuit between two hosts. Finally, another poster presenting the project as part of the FIRE initiative will be presented in the INCO section of the FIA.

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