Testbeds Overview

University of Bristol (UNIVBRIS)

Bristol is Open (BiO) is a joint venture between the Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol. It aims to create a living lab R&D Testbed targeting City-driven digital innovation as a City Experimentation as a Service (CEaaS). It provides a managed multi-tenancy platform for the development and testing of new solutions for information and communication infrastructure, and thus forms the core ICT enabling platform for Future Cities agenda. At the infrastructure level BiO comprises convergence of five distinctive SDN enabled infrastructures:

  • Heterogeneous optical and layer 2 infrastructure comprising fibre, flexi WDM, 10/40G
  • Ethernet technologies
  • Heterogeneous wireless infrastructure comprising WIFI, LTE and 60Ghz technologies
  • IoT sensor mesh infrastructure
  • Network emulator comprising server farm and FPGA / SoC / NP farm
  • Blue Crystal HPC facility

Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy (VTT)

VTT Converging Networks Laboratory is a research environment for VTT’s projects related to ICT and network technologies. Current research topics of projects are 5G, cognitive network technologies, network management, Internet of Things, future internet technologies, QoS/QoE and media content analysis. The CNL facility allows extending the research environment for project needs. In the future CNL hosts the network management and the core network of the 5G Test Network.

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

The FIBRE isle installed at UFRGS already provides all the hardware necessary to create a testbed for some of the showcase 2 in FUTEBOL. The isle is composed of a 48 ports PICA8 switch (OpenFlow enabled), with a wireless NITOS ICARUS wireless node, and a DELL R620 server. In addition, the Institute of Informatics has two Universal Software Radio Platform (USRP). Each of the USRPS is controlled by a Dell XPS 8700 computer. USRP hardware is housed in the Wireless Communication laboratory, which has other equipment to analyze both radio hardware and radio signals.

Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES)

MetroVix is a 50 km perimeter optical metropolitan ring network around the Vitória island. MetroVix’s network operations center (NOC) shares the same site as the RNP POP so that it can interconnect either physically or logically incoming demands arriving through RNP either from another site from the Brazilian or European testbeds. The lab hosting the testbed at UFES is also connected through multiple pairs of dark fiber to the POP site. Thus, outdoor wireless facilities (e.g., LTE, WiFi, 60 GHz) are planned to be deployed along MetroVix so that integrated optical/wireless experiments between Europe and Brazil can be accomplished and managed end-to-end.

Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

TCD/CONNECT has access to a cognitive radio testbed based on the Implementing Radio In Software (Iris) software-defined radio (SDR) system. This testbed supports experimentation with a mature SDR system running on a virtualized computational platform. The testbed is organized in experimentation units, each of which consisting of three parts: a virtual computational platform, SDR software, and flexible radio front-end hardware. Through this organization, TCD encapsulates the elements required to use the Iris SDR system to construct a broad range of radio systems. Each experimentation unit is designed to flexibly serve a range of needs: Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) provides a highly configurable computation platform, Iris provides real-time radio reconfigurability, and a Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) offers a broad range of wireless interfaces.
Radio hardware is housed on the ceiling of the dedicated indoor testing space to provide users with a clean operating environment. The management infrastructure allows users to deploy experimentation units to compose arbitrary radio systems and networks as desired. These facilities have enabled and facilitate several international research- and education-related projects.

Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)

The UFMG testbed in FUTEBOL is run by the WINET (Wireless Networks – http://www.winet.dcc.ufmg.br) research group. It focuses on devices for wireless research, ranging from areas such as infrastructured networks (WiFi, 3G, 4G), Internet of Things, sensor networks and cognitive radios. It also supports wired/wireless experiments, with the help of OpenFlow-enabled devices. Integration with the FIBRE UFMG island is envisaged. The types of experiments supported by the island are:

  • Experiments of new communication protocols for IoT, WiFi, mesh, ad hoc and other kinds of wireless networks
  • Experiments of new physical and MAC layer protocols and techniques, employing software-defined radios
  • Experiments focusing on the optical-wireless integration, e.g. how to direct flows from/to multiple access points, new architectures for backhaul-fronthaul integration, the use of NFV on mobile networks
  • New SDN and NFV architectures and components, either for wired or for wireless networks
  • New architectures integrating Cloud and IoT technologies