Fed4FIRE: service testbeds for Future Internet Research and Experimentation

Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) testbeds aimed to foster larger-scale, cheaper experimentation than was possible through project-specific testbeds.

Experimentation was varied, with users from both industry and academia. The testbeds covered wired and wireless networking, systems and services as well as Smart Cities (cities with sensors).

The BonFIRE project showed the benefits of federating heterogeneous facilities. Federating horizontally, ie similar testbeds, achieved scale. Federating vertically, ie linking fundamentally different facilities, enabled research that encompassed cross-cutting concerns. Both ways enabled new, creative research.
Fed4FIRE took this further, by institutionalising federation on FIRE according to user demand. Fed4FIRE developed an open, extensible framework that fostered a dynamic ecosystem of facility providers and experimenters to accelerate Future Internet research.

Fed4FIRE invested in experimentation tools for federation, monitoring and trustworthiness. Such tools fostered efficient experimentation by facilitating the use of heterogeneous platforms while promoting the value of individual testbeds and the benefits of federation. Monitoring data fuelled research and increased the impact of FIRE experimentation. Finally, the trustworthiness work on BonFIRE went beyond the complex issues of federated identity management and access control, to address quality of service and experience for the experimenters.

Two parallel activities motivated the development of the tools through community requirements for federation, and deployed them on the respective infrastructure and services facilities. A professional user-support infrastructure ensured that the experimenters made the most of Fed4FIRE’s groundbreaking capabilities.

Through Fed4FIRE, EPCC’s BonFIRE site grew, supporting even more, varied, impactful research on the Future Internet.

The project started in October 2012 and ran for 51 months, until the end of December 2016.

For further details, visit the Fed4FIRE project website.