FLEX testbeds are federated with each other using the European Research Network GEANT. Resources can be combined from FLEX testbeds and other FIRE/GENI facilities, towards creating a unique experimentation ecosystem spanning multiple continents. The following jFed version is fully compatible with the project’s testbeds and allows the execution of a federated experiment with almost any testbed in the Fed4FIRE/Fed4FIRE+.
In order to run a federated experiment over FLEX, jFed is required. Download the specific version of jFed from from links below, and go through the documentation on how to get a jFed account.
Each of the FLEX testbeds is providing access through dedicated portals or services. Using these capabilities is essential as it minimizes the complexity of the experimentation process, nevertheless the resources that can be accessed are significantly less. Below, you can find some information on each testbed's features and experimentation capabilities that are available in FLEX.
NITOS Future Internet Facility is an integrated facility with heterogeneous testbeds that focuses on supporting experimentation-based research in the area of wired and wireless networks. NITOS is remotely accessible and open to the research community 24/7. It has been used from hundreds of experimenters all over the world. It is comprised of three different deployments, the Outdoor Testbed, the Indoor RF Isolated Testbed and the Office Testbed.
The main experimental components of NITOS are:
The testbed is based on open-source software that allows the design and implementation of new algorithms, enabling new functionalities on the existing hardware. The control and management of the testbed is done using the cOntrol and Management Framework (OMF) open-source software. NITOS supports evaluation of protocols and applications under real world settings and is also designed to achieve reproducibility of experimentation.
NITOS is providing the following experimental scenarios with LTE technologies in FLEX:
In order to access the NITOS portal for getting an account, or the respective testbed documentation, visit the pages below.
The w-iLab.t is an experimental, generic, heterogeneous wireless testbed deployed in the iMinds building and at a second, remote location. w-iLab.t provides a permanent testbed for development and testing of wireless applications via an intuitive web-based interface. w-iLab.t hosts different types of wireless nodes: sensor nodes, Wi-Fi based nodes, sensing platforms, and cognitive radio platforms (that are limited to operating in the ISM bands due to license restrictions.) The wireless nodes are also connected over a wired interface for management purposes. Each of the devices can be fully configured by the experimenters. As the Ethernet interfaces that are put in place for management reasons can also be used during experiments as a wired interface, heterogeneous wireless/wired experiments are possible. As such, a very large number of (wireless) network experiments may be executed. The two locations that are currently available in the w-iLab.t are:
w-iLab.t is providing the following experimental scenarios with LTE technologies in FLEX:
In order to access the w-iLab.t testbed for getting an account, or the respective testbed documentation, visit the pages below.
OpenAirInterface (OAI) 5G is the open source solution adopted by FLEX to provide flexible experimentation with real and fully configurable LTE networks. OAI can be used for simulation/emulation, as well as real-time experimentation on off-the-shelf software defined radio cards, like the ExpressMIMO2 card but also the popular (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) USRP from National Instruments/Ettus, LimeSDR, BladeRF, and other RF platforms. It comprises of the fully compliant LTE protocol stack from the physical to the networking layer and can interoperate with commercial LTE terminals and can be interconnected with OAI core network (CN) or closed-source Evolved Packet Core (EPC). To give remote access to experimenters from all over the world, EURECOM has proceeded to OAI LTE testbed implementation. In addition, NITOS Scheduler, a tool that is responsible for managing the OAI testbed resources, was adopted.
In order to access the OAI testbed and the respective documentation, visit the following links.
PerformNetworks (formerly PerformLTE) is a FIRE+ experimental platform, designed to offer a realistic experimentation environment covering LTE, LTE-A and future networks. The testbed is based on commercial off-the-shelf solutions (both in the radio and core network), software defined radio equipment and conformance testing equipment. The testbed offers a wide range of possibilities covering pilots, interoperability, performance evaluation, QoS, QoE and more. PerformNetworks is operated by the MORSE research group at the Universidad de Málaga.
The PerformNetworks methodology follows a holistic approach, combining different lines of research, commercial and emulated equipment, and featuring LTE radio access emulation, Evolved Nodes B (eNBs), User Equipments (UEs), and an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) emulation system. All these elements can be combined to enable experimentation with all the components of a LTE network.
In general terms, LTE connectivity is provided through three different solutions, each one focusing on a different research aspect, moving between emulation and real-world environments. Three main scenarios can be differentiated based on the radio access type:
A detailed list of the measurement equipment available in the PerformNetworks testbed consist:
For accessing the testbed and the respective documentation, visit the following links:
The Future Seamless Communication (FUSECO) Playground offers a unique, independent and open testbed for research and prototype development of mobile broadband communication and service platform. The flexible and modular design of the FUSECO Playground allows fast prototyping and simplified Proof-of-Concept (PoC) validation spanning from devices over access- and core network technologies to services domains of physical or virtualized telecommunication environments. Integrated multi-access network environments (DSL/WLAN/2G/3G/4G-LTE/LTE-A and very soon 5G), Machine to Machine (M2M) communication systems/IoT, sensor networks, SDN/OpenFlow&NFV cloud environments help to shape the vision of a Future Internet in areas like Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, Automotive, eHealth, eGovernment, Smart Metering and more.
The FUSECO Playground covers the entire technology spectrum of a Next Generation Mobile Network - from end devices across various access & core networks up to an open set of application platforms, supporting data, multimedia streaming and mobile cloud applications, including mobility and handover testing. It integrates various state of the art wireless broadband networks into a 3GPP Evolved Packet Core (EPC) prototype platform, offering the benefits of the latest developments in Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Networking (SDN) and cloud technologies. It also features an Open IMS Core solution including relevant enablers. The following Toolkits are part of the FUSECO Playground: