Merry Christmas…!!!

Wikipedia says a tradition is a belief or behavior passed own within a group or society with a symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. Technically speaking thus, the Christmas photo of the group has become a tradition in these dates. Obviously, we need to consider Wikipedia holds technical reliable content to make the previous assumption, but that’s another story I’ll go through at some other time. So coming back to the tradition track, Christmas is already here, and so is our photo…

Oh wait! It is animated! (Hm… yes, what an epic shot!)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!During 2013 we have pushed ourselves one step further. In these days, we have strengthened our position as a group, the three research lines are working towards their corresponding objectives. Future Internet Test-bedsInfrastructure Control and Management, and RINA research lines are nowadays involved in several European research projects, at the same time that they are preparing themselves for the new H2020 research framework of the European Commission. Projects, papers, prototypes, journal articles, data analysis, results evaluation, designs and developments, demonstrations, meetings, protocol implementations, and much more exciting and interesting stuff is on their daily agendas.

Meanwhile, professional services group positioned itself as a key component of the Distributed Applications and Networks Area, and it is continuously enhancing the OpenNaaS framework as well as finishing different customer projects that transform the research knowledge acquired along the different years into actual products . We have enhanced the relationships among the different areas with professional services members, which leads us to develop more robust prototypes for the different projects.

Bon Nadal! Merry Christmas!And as usual, some people left (we wish you the best you all!), and some new ones joined (we also wish you the best!). Globally, the DANA family has grown itself and it is nowadays well-established over more than twenty members. But… during 2013 we also faced some internal changes within the coordination team. Sergi left us to be the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of the whole i2CAT Foundation, and Joan Antoni became the new Director of the DANA. Furthermore, 2013 is the 10th anniversary of the i2CAT Foundation… Yeah! We are 10 years old (and hopefully we will be here for 10 more years!).

Thus… from these lines… all the DANA team, including all those who left, and all those who joined, wishes you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hopefully 2014 will be plentiful of new successful stories to be told! And please, remember to keep connected to us through this blog, our twitter account, or even subscribe to our newsletter!

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” -Bob Hope

And following some of the outtakes…

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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