BonFIRE: service testbeds for Future Internet Research and Experimentation

The BonFIRE consortium brought together world leaders in cloud computing to deliver a robust, reliable and sustainable facility for large scale experimentally-driven cloud research.

The BonFIRE project provided a state-of-the art multi-site cloud facility for applications, services and systems research in the Internet of Services community, which is at the heart of Europe’s vision for the Future Internet. The facility gave researchers access to large-scale virtualised compute, storage and networking resources with the necessary control and monitoring services for detailed experimentation of their systems and applications. The facility allowed the evaluation of cross-cutting effects of converged service and network infrastructures and the assessment of socio-economic impact.

Multinational companies (ATOS, HP, SAP), renowned universities and super-computing centres (UCM, EPCC, HLRS Stuttgart, IBBT, TUB), research centres (IT Innovation, FhG Fokus, Inria, i2CAT) and technology analysts (451 Group) provided the complementary expertise and infrastructure resources necessary to accelerate the research and development within the Internet of Services community.

BonFIRE started in June 2010 and concluded in December 2013, in an event co-located with the IEEE Cloudcom conference. EPCC and other members of the BonFIRE consortium sustained the BonFIRE infrastructure until May 2016. In this period the facility was available to the ECO2Clouds and Fed4FIRE experimenters.

For further details, visit the BonFIRE project website

You can also read more on the EPCC blog.