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26.4.2018 : 10:58

The FIRE Landscape

The FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) Initiative was launched at the beginning of 2007 as part of Framework Programme 7 (FP7). It builds on the "Situated and Autonomic Communications" Initiative and other internet-related projects funded under the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Programme, as well as on several projects launched as Research Networking Testbeds already operating under FP6.

FIRE has two related dimensions: on the one hand, promoting experimentally-driven long-term, visionary research on new paradigms and networking concepts and architectures for the future internet; and on the other hand, building large-scale experimentation facilities to support both medium- and long- term research on networks and services by gradually federating existing and new testbeds for emerging or future internet technologies.

FP7 ICT Call 2 gave birth to the first wave of FIRE projects, which will run until the second half of 2010. Four of the projects can be categorised as “facility projects” building experimental platforms for future internet researchers, whilst eight projects in the FIRE portfolio are research-focused and experimentally-driven.

It was agreed that a common FIRE co-ordination activity would be beneficial, leveraging the visibility of the projects’ outcome, exchanging valuable information between experimenting researchers and facility builders for the needs of the experimenters, bridging gaps, eliminating duplication, and providing knowledge of possible use cases where more than one facility would be needed in order to carry out satisfactory experimentation. This FIRE-wide coordination is being carried out by undefined FIRESTATION.

FIRESTATION support action

undefinedFIRESTATION provides the FIRE Initiative with an active hub that matches, guides and co-ordinates demand for - and offering of - experimentation facilities in the context of future networks and services. The heterogeneous and modular field of Future Internet Research and Experimentation with its national and international stakeholder groups requires information sharing, cohesion building, community building and a single point of contact to co-ordinate and promote the FIRE approach with respect to the following main requirements:

  1. Facilities need synchronization, resource optimization, and common efforts in order to offer customers the best possible service and ensure their sustainability beyond project life times.
  2. Researchers need correct and timely knowledge about the available resources, easy access, high usability and appropriate tools to run and monitor their experiments

FIRESTATION contains a FIRE Office and a FIRE Architecture Board. The undefinedFIRE Office serves as the single contact point and the mediator when either looking for the right experimental resources or new customers for the facilities. The FIRE Architecture Board involves all FIRE facility builders to jointly decide on the strategy and means to co-ordinate and facilitate the development of FIRE facility offerings to support the evolving needs of the customers. FIRESTATION increases the global collaboration between relevant stakeholders, promotes experimentally-driven approach in future internet research and intensifies the usage experimental facilities, ultimately speeding up the development process of new systems and services.

The purpose of FIRESTATION is to join forces to allow for the most efficient bilateral (and multilateral when and if appropriate) collaboration, reduce duplication of work, share experiences and best practices and work for the future of experimental research.