In the current Internet typically live video streaming services operate at the application layer (e.g, P2P Live) and not at the network layer. The main reason for this is that multicast is not widely available in core-routers due to its high deployment and operational costs. In this project we aim to develop Lcast, a new multicast protocol that takes advantage of LISP, and therefore avoids deployment in these core-routers.
Unsolicited Research Proposal Cisco Grant
Project Website: http://www.cba.upc.edu/lcast
The main objective of the project "Efficient measurement of advanced networks" (METRA) is the development of a monitoring system and traffic classification of massive internet, able to obtain measurements of real-time usage and predict transported applications for each data connection, with high accuracy and with low computational cost, by means of a number of learning algorithms. The developed platform will be deployed in CESCA, who will handle installation and provide the necessary support for its proper functioning. Furthermore, METRA perform traffic monitoring of the "Anella Científica", which will test and validate the optimal operation of the platform.
Tecsidel, TCP, CCABA-UPC and CESCA
LISPmob is an open-source LISP Mobile Node implementation for Linux. With LISPmob, hosts can change their network attachment point without losing connectivity, while maintaining the same IP address.
Funding: Cisco Open Source Microgrants
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Cisco, community
Cisco URP Grant
Project Website: http://lispmob.org/
The DOMINO project aims at designing novel architecture, algorithms and protocols solutions fulfilling the energy efficiency and awareness requirements of future multi-layer green optical networks. DOMINO leverages the capacities of ultra high dynamic multi-layer optical networks to decrease the ICTs carbon footprint, and relies on five innovative concepts: a thorough analysis of the energetic issues in networks, including the benefits of using novel sub-wavelength switching devices and extending the energy-oriented model to multi-domain scenario; novel network planning strategies accounting for energy, cost and performance metrics; specialised dynamic routing algorithms where multiple constraints such as energy consumption, resource utilisation, and signal quality are optimised; energy-oriented operations and protocols in the network control plane to support the designed strategies and algorithms; dedicated techno-economic studies to evaluate the overall impact the novel concepts have on current network infrastructure and provide a possible migration roadmap.
Project Website: https://sites.google.com/site/micinndomino/
The EULER project is a 3-year STREP Project targeting Challenge 1 "Technologies and systems architectures for the Future Internet" of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project scope lies within the Objective ICT-2009.1.6 part b: “Future Internet experimentally-driven research”. The main objective of the EULER exploratory research project is to investigate new routing paradigms so as to design, develop, and validate experimentally a distributed and dynamic routing scheme suitable for the future Internet and its evolution. The resulting routing scheme(s) is/are intended to address the fundamental limits of current stretch-1 shortest-path routing in terms of routing table scalability but also topology and policy dynamics (perform efficiently under dynamic network conditions). Therefore, this project will investigate trade-offs between routing table size (to enhance scalability), routing scheme stretch (to ensure routing quality) and communication cost (to efficiently and timely react to various failures). The driving idea of this research project is to make use of the structural and statistical properties of the Internet topology (some of which are hidden) as well as the stability and convergence properties of the Internet policy in order to specialize the design of a distributed routing scheme known to perform efficiently under dynamic network and policy conditions when these properties are met. The project will develop new models and tools to exhaustively analyse the Internet topology, to accurately and reliably measure its properties, and to precisely characterize its evolution. These models, that will better reflect the network and its policy dynamics, will be used to derive useful properties and metrics for the routing schemes and provide relevant experimental scenarios. The project will develop appropriate tools to evaluate the performance of the proposed routing schemes on large-scale topologies (order of 10k nodes). Prototype of the routing protocols as well as their functional validation and performance benchmarking on the iLAB experimental facility and/or virtual experimental facilities such as PlanetLab/OneLab will allow validating under realistic conditions the overall behaviour of the proposed routing schemes.
Alcatel-Lucent Bell (ALB), Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT), Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), Université Pierre Marie Curie (UPMC), Research Academic Computer Technology Institute (RACTI), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and University of Girona (UdG)
Project Website: http://euler-fire-project.eu/
This project is devoted to experimentally validating the possibility to characterize the propagation of impairments in highly connected WLAN networks.
Wireless Network Monitor: http://www.cba.upc.edu/developed-tools/wireless-network-monitor
Project Website: http://www.cttc.es/en/project/distorsion.jsp
The Broadband Comunication Research Group (CBA) inside of the "Centre de Comunicacions de Banda Ampla" CCABA is collaborating in the GpENI iniciative. The project is providing a testbed arround the world for Future Internet Architecture Research. Researchers can experiment over a real environment, their protocols and new network architectures. CCABA, a part from using the testbed , is providing one of the nodes of the infraestructure of GpENI project.
Project Website: https://wiki.ittc.ku.edu/gpeni/Main_Page
STRONGEST’s main goal is to design and demonstrate an evolutionary ultra-high capacity multilayer transport network, based on optimized integration of Optical and Packet nodes, and equipped with a multi-domain, multi-technology control plane, overcoming the problems of current networks that still provide limited scalability, are not cost-effective and do not properly guarantee end-to-end quality of service. STRONGEST is an industry led project; the consortium brings together major European industrial players, leading Telecom operators, Universities and Research Centres and as such, it enables the necessary synergies and creates an ideal environment for innovation and development. The European scale of the project is made necessary by the development of a new reality in which countries and federations are immensely and inextricably linked. To have a common view at European level is essential to apply the project’s outcomes. A major impact from STRONGEST will be to strengthen the position of European industry in the field of Future Internet and to reinforce European leadership in optical networks technologies. The design of a more efficient transport network with reduced cost per bit and the particular attention to energy efficiency will turn into benefit to the entire Community.
Project Website: http://www.ict-strongest.eu
The CBA research group is member of the Spanish Observatory for IPv6 deployment
Jun 2009 - Jun 2012?
Project Website: http://wiki.rediris.es/observatorio_ipv6/Portada
FEDERICA is a two-and-a-half-year European project to implement an experimental network infrastructure for trialling new networking technologies.
This infrastructure is intended to be agnostic as to the type of protocols, services and applications that may be trialled, whilst allowing disruptive experiments to be undertaken. The aim is to develop mechanisms that will allow such experiments to be run over existing production networks without adverse effect.
The FEDERICA project supports research experiments on new Internet architectures and protocols by:
- Develop a versatile technology-agnostic network infrastructure that can run over existing production networks such as GÉANT2 and national academic networks. The aim being to allow innovative and/or disruptive technologies to be trialled.
- Develop solutions for allocating, controlling and managing virtualised network resources in a multi-domain infrastructure. This will include the FEDERICA Toolbench software.
- Identify users and researchers who may wish to take advantage of the FEDERICA infrastructure, and understand their needs and requirements. This includes liaising with other EC projects and research activities.
- Provide training and support to users of the FEDERICA infrastructure and tools.
- Contribute to standardisation activities.
- Disseminate the results of the project to NRENs, universities, research institutes, and other relevant initiatives.
1/1/2008 - 30/6/2010
Consortium GARR (Italy); CESNET (Czech Republic); DANTE (based in UK); DFN (Germany); FCCN (Portugal); GRNET (Greece); HEAnet (Ireland); HUNGARNET (Hungary); Fundació i2CAT (Spain); ICCS (Greece); Juniper Networks (USA); KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden); Martel Consulting (Switzerland); NORDUnet (based in Denmark); Politecnico di Torino (Italy); PSNC (Poland); Red.es/RedIRIS (Spain); Siemens AG; SWITCH (Switzerland); TERENA (based in Netherlands); UPC (Spain).
Project Website: http://www.fp7-federica.eu/
This COST Action will propose realistic energy-efficient alternate solutions to share IT distributed resources. As large scale distributed systems gather and share more and more computing nodes and Storage resources, their energy consumption is exponentially increasing. While much effort is nowadays put into hardware specific solutions to lower energy consumptions, the need for a complementary approach is necessary at the distributed system level, i.e. middleware, network and applications. The Action will characterize the energy consumption and energy efficiencies of distributed applications. Then based on the current hardware adaptation possibilities and innovative algorithms it will propose adaptive and alternative approaches taking into account the energy saving dimension of the problem. The Action will characterize the trade-off between energy savings and functional and non-functional parameters, including the economic dimension. A COST Action is the right scheme in order to unite a dispersed community and to promote the dissemination of the solutions and the energy concerns to the broader public. Deliverables will include workshop proceedings, books, good practice leaflets fostering consciousness rise at ICT researchers, scientists, managers and users levels. Finally, benefits will address scientific and societal needs.
ICT Action IC0804
Project Website: http://www.cost804.org/
Internet, considered as a system, has experienced an unforeseen growth and many local solutions (new applications and protocols and protocol enhancements) have been added. Each solution or protocol intends to solve a problem but independently of other enhancements and protocols. Each of the technologies has been designed as a standalone process not taking into account the inter-dependencies with other ones. Thus, despite the system is flexible enough scalability and performance issues are pushing it to its limits. The main goal of this project is to contribute in the design of technologies for a converged and pervasive Internet. The project aims to push new services and protocols into the network considering them as coupled processes. To do that, we will take into consideration four of the most relevant aspects that are currently of interest of the research community in this field. These are the optical transport, the ubiquitous connectivity, the application of a traffic analysis and monitoring techniques for the management and control of the network, and the security of communications. In order to address these aspects the project is structured in the following research activities: Architectures for the Pervasive Networking, Traffic monitoring and analysis, Converged Optical Networking Infrastructure, and Digital Identity and Electronic Signature, which coincide with of the different subareas of expertise of the Broadband Communication Systems research group that traditionally have exploited participating in separated projects. In this way, an additional benefit of the project will be the integration of these subareas increasing the consistence of the group.
The COST Action IC0703 “Data Traffic Monitoring and Analysis (TMA): theory, techniques, tools and applications for the future networks” was started on March 2008, with a planned duration of 4 years. It is part of the COST programme (ICT domain) which is now run by the European Science Foundation. The high-level goal is to build up a community of researchers working on TMA topics. Besides the official MC delegates, it includes a Chair (Dr. Fabio Ricciato), a Vice-chair (Prof. Jordi Domingo-Pascual, UPC) and a Secretary (Dr. Alessandro D’Alconzo, FTW).
Project Website: http://www.cost-tma.eu/
The BONE-proposal builds on the foundations laid out by the e-Photon/ONe projects in the previous Framework Programme. This Network of Excellence has successfully brought together over several years the research activities within Europe in the field of Optical Networks. The BONE-project intends to validate this effort by stimulating a more intensified collaboration, exchange of researchers and building on Virtual Centres of Excellence that can serve to European industry with education & training, research tools & testlabs and pave the way to new technologies & architectures. The Network of the Future, which is the central theme of this Call, will have to cope with a wide variety of applications running on a wide variety of terminals and with an increasing number of connected devices and increasing speed and data-loads. Within this context, issues as convergence between mobile and fixed networks, or issues regarding the optimised broadband access in the last mile using a wide variety of technologies such as DSL, cable, WiMAX, WiFi, PLC, are currently under investigation to adapt the current network to these increasing requirements for better performance. The BONE-proposal looks further into the future and builds the final Network of the Future: - a high capacity, flexible, reconfigurable and self-healing optical Core & Metro network which supports the transport of massive amounts of data - a FTTx solution in which the x is as close as possible to the home, at the home, or even in the home. From this point the user is connected using terminal-specific technologies (wireless to handheld devices, fiber to home cinema, wireless to laptop, fixed connection to desktop, ) - BONE clearly identifies the existence of the current technologies and also recognizes the fact that users also require the mobility of wireless access, but this mobile connection ends at a gateway or access points and from there a fixed connection is required and this fixed connection will finally be an optical link.
Project Website: http://www.ict-bone.ccaba.upc.edu/
The DICONET project is targeting a novel approach to optical networking providing a disruptive solution for the development of the core network of the future. It is the vision and goal of our consortium to provide ultra high speed end-to-end connectivity with quality of service and high reliability through the use of optimized protocols and routing algorithms that will complement a flexible control and management plane offering flexibility for the future network infrastructure.
01/2008 - 06/2010
Project Website: http://www.diconet.eu/
The main objective of PASITO project is to provide a communication platform between universities and research centers from, and outside Spain to lay the foundations of a collaborative frame to develop their investigations. The platform has been developed over the Rediris infrastructure but separating the experimental from the production network. This separation allow PASITO partners to test new technologies without affecting the production services. Nowadays the PASITO platform interconnect fifteen research centers and universities over all Spain.
RedIRIS, UPC, I2CAT, CESCA, UPV, UM, UGR, CICA, UAM, UC3M, IMDEA, UPM, UVIGO, CESGA, EHU, I2BASK
Project Website: http://www.rediris.es/proyectos/pasito/
Monitoring and mining real-time network data streams is crucial for managing and operating data networks. The information that network operators desire to extract from the network traffic is of different size, granularity and accuracy depending on the measurement task (e.g., relevant data for capacity planning and intrusion detection are very different). To satisfy these different demands, a new class of monitoring systems is emerging to handle multiple arbitrary and continuous traffic queries. Such systems must cope with the effects of overload situations due to the large volumes, high data rates and bursty nature of the network traffic. This project presents the design and evaluation of a system that can shed excess load in the presence of extreme traffic conditions, while maintaining the accuracy of the traffic queries within acceptable levels. The main novelty of our approach is that it is able to operate without explicit knowledge of the traffic queries. Instead, it extracts a set of features from the traffic streams to build an on-line predictionmodel of the query resource requirements. This way the monitoring system preserves a high degree of flexibility, increasing the range of applications and network scenarios where it can be used. We implemented our scheme in an existing network monitoring system and deployed it in a research ISP network. Our results show that the system predicts the resources required to run each traffic query with errors below 5%, and that it can efficiently handle extreme load situations, preventing uncontrolled packet losses, with minimum impact on the accuracy of the queries results.
Project Website: http://loadshedding.ccaba.upc.edu/
We aim to design the fundamental building block of a network monitoring infrastructure that allows researchers and network operators to process and share network data across multiple sites. CoMo supports i) arbitrary traffic queries that run continuously on the live data streams, ii) retrospective queries that analyze past traffic data to enable network forensics.
Data streams may have different formats (e.g., packet sequences, flow summaries, etc.) and originate from different platforms (e.g, passive link monitors, routers, wireless access points, etc.). CoMo can operate in the presence of different devices and data sources and provide a unified data interface to queries. Multiple CoMo systems will also cooperate to rapidly disseminate queries throughout the network of monitors, allowing operators to "drill down" to relevant data locations in the network.
Intel Research Cambridge
Project Website: http://como.sourceforge.net/
January 2007 - December 2007
UPC-CBA is part of the Archipelago measurement infrastructure. The primary goals of Archipelago (Ark) are to achieve greater scalability and flexibility than our current measurement infrastructure and to provide a step toward a community-oriented measurement infrastructure by eventually allowing collaborators to run their vetted measurement tasks on a security-hardened distributed platform. Ark is tailored specifically for network measurement, which allows it to be simpler and to more directly address the needs of network researchers than is usually the case with a general-purpose distributed experimental platform. The initial and primary focus of Ark is to continue the large-scale traceroute-based active measurements of the skitter infrastructure. In both role and implementation, Ark subsumes the skitter infrastructure and represents a natural evolution. Ark will evolve from the skitter infrastructure by a gradual process in which pieces of the former infrastructure are extended, enhanced, and/or replaced.
Since November 2006
Project Website: http://www.caida.org/projects/ark/
AMP website with sensor list:
http://watt.nlanr.net/active/maps/ampmap_active.php The Ark Monitor at UPC-CCABA participates in the Spoofer Project (http://spoofer.csail.mit.edu)
As networks get faster and network-centric applications get more complex, our understanding of the Internet continues to diminish. New aspects of Internet behaviour emerge that are either unknown or poorly understood. Denial-of-service attacks, malicious self-replicating programs (worms) and viruses plague the Internet. All these indicate the need for better Internet traffic monitoring. Network monitoring and measurement is increasingly regarded as an essential function for developing and supporting high-quality network services, building and improving innovative networking technologies, analyzing infrastracture trends and user behavior and improving the security of our cyber-infrastracture. LOBSTER is a step towards providing an advanced pilot European passive Internet traffic monitoring infrastracture that will improve our understanding of the Internet and will contribute towards solving difficult performance and security problems. Based on appropriate abstractions and willing cooperation among points of presence, this proposal will contribute towards effectively monitoring the underlying network, providing early warning for security incidents, and providing accurate and meaningful measurements of performance. The main goal of LOBSTER is to deploy an advanced pilot European Internet Traffic Monitoring Infrastracture based on passive monitoring sensors at speeds starting from 2.5 Gbps and possibly up to 10 Gbps. It also aims to develop appropriate data anonymising tools to prohibit unauthorised tampering with the original traffic data, and to develop novel applications to improve monitoring (such as traffic characterisation and zero-day worm spread detection). Another aspect will be to provide anonymised traffic data to interested network researchers and security analysts.
Since october 2006
Project Website: http://www.ist-lobster.org/
The CONTENT Network of Excellence targets a key area of Information Society Technologies, namely Content Delivery Networks for Home Users, as an integral part of Networked Audio-Visual Systems and Home Platforms. CONTENT aims to build the European Research Area in this important communication topic by integrating a group of experts with the purpose of taking forward the state of the art and increasing European leadership in Content Networks. The overall goal of the CONTENT Network-of-Excellence is to integrate the research efforts of the members to address the technical challenges at the different system levels to enable easy-to-install and easy-to-use AV services in and between homes. In particular, the main technical objective will be to boost the potential of European Community Networking by improving Content Distribution infrastructures for the delivery of live (streaming) content and interactive stored content, and by integrating, in an open way, tools and mechanisms that would enable the curation of multimedia assets and their subsequent access for the benefit of the communities of users, producing a set of appropriate services for them, both in the context of the long tail or applied to (re-purposed) assets created by traditional broadcasters.
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (coordinator) Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - CCABA Lancaster University Université Pierre et Marie Curie Universidade de Coimbra National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Technische Universität Darmstadt AGH University of Science and Technology Universitet i Oslo Delft University of Technology Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l'Informatica - University of Napoli Associate Partners Microsoft Research Cambridge Philips Research Telefonica Publicidad e Información Danet GmbH Agilent Laboratories UK Alcatel-Lucent Nokia Research Center TECMATH / Blue Order TANDBERG ASA Google Switzerland GmbH NAVSHP Visionary Expert Group
Project Website: http://www.ist-content.eu//index.php
More information of the research activites carried out at UPC within the CONTENT project can be found here
The Network of Excellence e-Photon/ONe+ aims at integrating and focusing the rich know-how available in Europe on optical communication and networks, both in universities and in research centres of major telecom manufacturers and operators. This project built upon the experience gained within the previous NoE e-Photon/ONe, funded within the 1st IST call of FP6. The set of expertises available in the NoE ranges from optical technologies to networking devices, network architectures and protocols, new services fostered by photonic technologies. The NoE contributes to the Strategic Objective 'Broadband for All', with specific focus on low cost access and edge network equipment, for a range of technologies, including optical fiber, on new concepts for network management, control and protocols, and on increased bandwidth capacity, in the access network as well in the underlying optical core/metro network, including in particular optical burst and packet switching. The main technical aim of the e-Photon/ONe+ is to demonstrate and spread awareness of the potential advantages of optical technologies with respect to electronic technologies in both telecom networks and customer-controlled grids. The focus includes both incrementally improving and emerging optical technologies. In a joint effort, the participants to the NoE will work towards a consensus on the engineering choices for the deployment of cost-effective optical technologies as the foundation for the future Internet, with the strong intention to provide valuable inputs to the standardization bodies and guidelines to the operators, as well as competitive feedback to European telecom equipment manufacturers. Integration is pursued primarily by establishing long-term collaborations among partners in terms of research, of infrastructures sharing, and of education and training. The NoE provides the platform within which the main instruments to achieve these long-lasting collaborations, such as the regular exchange of researchers between partners, the involvement in coordinated research activities, and the development of joint teaching programs and events, will be effectively deployed. Dissemination is pursued by means of coordinated publication activities, of training programs implementation, of technical events and workshop organization, and of interaction with other consortia in the same technical area. Although research activities is mainly be carried out in research programs funded externally to the NoE, at both national and European levels, well-focused joint research programs will be activated and implemented internally to the NoE.
e-Photon/ONe+ involves 40 partners, coming from 14 member states (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom), 2 candidate countries (Croatia, Turkey) and an associated country (Norway). The consortium is composed by 30 universities and other higher education institutes, 3 telecom operators, 3 manufacturers, 4 non-profit research centres.
Project Website: http://www.e-photon-one.org/ephotonplus
Leveraging all results obtained in phase 1, NOBEL phase 2 will consider the medium-term, long-term and extended long-term scenarios, focusing in particular on the last two, and will face with two major challenges. The first is the evolution of the data plane technology in order to reach an 'optimum techno-economic balance' between optical/electrical and circuit/packet routing and switching. The second is the evolution of the network control plane towards an unified control plane that is able of improving the seamless end-to-end network service capabilities in a flexible and scalable way. Moreover, NOBEL phase 2 will consider the opportunity deriving from the convergence of fixed and mobile services, analysing its impact on the metro and core parts of the network. To achieve the overall goals of NOBEL phase 2, the following main objectives were identified.
# Definition and demonstration of architectures for providing packet switched and circuit switched connections in an integrated network scenario. Identification of requirements and solutions for the core and metro networks supporting both fixed and mobile services.
# Study and evaluation of multi-layer traffic engineering and resilience schemes in different service and business scenarios to achieve cost-effective solutions. Effective Multilayer Traffic Engineering (MTE) solutions for the advanced network architectures developed in WP1 will be proposed by enhancing, updating and validating the concepts and solutions identified in NOBEL.
# Development of multilayer traffic models of new services and their use in traffic generators for the experimental activities carried out in WP1 and WP5 as well as for simulations in WP2 and WP3.
# Elaboration of new enhanced resilience mechanisms and evaluation of new case studies for medium term multi-layer scenarios and long-term multi-vendor networks (as defined in NOBEL), with integrated multi-layer concept.
# Techno-economic and cost-effectiveness analysis of network solutions and services.
# Identification, specification and assessment of NOBEL (phase 1) extended long term network architectures, concepts and solutions for the evolution of optical broadband core and metro networks to adapt the network and node structures to the dominating burst/packet type of data traffic (e.g. IPv4, IPv6 etc.) in order to provide the required flexibility, scalability, quality and reliability in the most effective way.
# Identification and development of enhanced, innovative solutions for the Control Plane (CP) and Management Plane (MP) and their collaboration in long term and extended long term network architectures, for end-to-end broadband services, with focus on CP issues in GMPLS networks.
# Evaluation of robust transport technologies and components by theoretical studies, technology assessments, and experiments. Implementation and verification of advanced network and node functionalities in dedicated laboratory experiments.
# Telecom Italia - TI - Italy # Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG (formerly Alcatel SEL AG) # Alcatel-Lucent France (formerly Alcatel CIT) # Alcatel-Lucent Italia S.p.A. (formerly Alcatel Italia S.p.A. ) # British Telecommunications PLC - BT - UK # Ericsson AB - ERICSSON - Sweden # Lucent Technologies Network Systems GmbH - LUCENT GMBH - Germany has merged with Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG # Alcatel-Lucent Nederland BV (formerly Lucent Technologies Nederland BV ) # Ericsson GmbH - EDD - Germany # Coreoptics GmbH - COREOPTICS - Germany # Pirelli Labs S.p.A. - PIR - Italy # Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH (formerly Siemens Aktiengesellschaft) # Telefonica Investigación y Desarrollo Sociedad Anónima Unipersonal - TELEFONICA I+D - Spain # Deutsche Telecom AG - DTAG - Germany # ACREO AB - ACREO - Sweden # Akademia Gorniczo-Hutnicza Im. Stanislawa Staszica W Krakowie - AGH - Poland # CISCO Systems International BV - CISCO - Netherlands # Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya - CTTC - Spain # France Telecom - FT - France # Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. - FRAUNHOFER - Germany # Interdisciplinar Instituut Voor Breedbandtecchnologie VZW - IBBT - Belgium # Institute of Communications and Computer Systems - ICCS - Greece # CoreCom - Consorzio Ricerche Elaborazione Commutazione Ottica Milano - CORECOM - Italy # Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna - SSSA - Italy # Telenor ASA - TELENOR - Norway # University College of London - UCL - UK # Budapest University of Technology and Economics - BME - Hungary # University OF Stuttgart - USTIKR - Germany # Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC - Spain # Università degli studi di Padova - UNIPD - Italy # Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - INFN - Italy # Politecnico di Torino - POLITO - Italy
Project Website: http://www.ist-nobel.org/Nobel2/servlet/Nobel2.Main
The purpose of the CATARO project (a coordinated project for the evaluation o optical networks technologies and architectures) is to continue the studies carried out in two previous projects, namely TRIPODE (IP traffic transport over Optical networks: Designing and Evaluation, Ref.: TIC2002-04344-C02) and CARISMA (Connection and access to RedIRIS2 through a multi-channel optical ring, CICYT TIC2000-0304-P4-04). Thereby, the CATARO project consists of two subprojects, namely SENDERO (Designing and Evaluation of optical network architectures Ref.: TEC2005-08051-C3-01) and RINGING (GMPLS/ASON Intelligent Network: Integration of reconfigurable nodes, Ref.: TEC2005-08051-C3-02), which are summarized next.
The SENDERO subproject basically concerns the analysis aspects, design and performance evaluation of the network architectures based on optical technology having as objectives, on the one hand completing the subjects opened after finalization the TRIPODE project and on the other hand opening new topics, which interest is growing. Particularly, with respect to optical network architectures that could potentially be implemented in a short-term, it will continue working on control plane and routing algorithms for ASON (Automatically Switched Optical Networks) as well as will begin new topics like provisioning of new telecommunication services, which is required by emerging applications like Grid Computing and Storage Area Networks and inter-working the RPR (Resilience Packet Rings) with ASON networks. Regarding mediumterm architectures, the subproject will continue the subject of metropolitan area optical networks taking into consideration possible implementations of the first prototypes in public infrastructures and evaluation of the architectures more sophisticated. However, the principal objective of this block will be centred on the optical burst switching networks (OBS), the architecture which is gaining interest thanks to its both foreseeable strong benefits and future technological affordability. Finally, in the context of long-term network architectures, the subproject will continue the study on OPS (Optical Packet Switching) nodes functionality with a focus on QoS provisioning, moreover it will approach a study in scope of the whole network, particularly, focusing on a design of the control plane for OMPLS (Optical MPLS) networks, as well as in evaluation of the routing algorithms. At last, we will begin a new topic that consists of an adaptation the technique of optical packets commutation for designing the architectures for high performance computers.
The RINGING subproject concerns the design and building of a reconfigurable optical node with an advanced design, and its further integration into a real network to develop a field trial. The main objective of this subproject is the integration of reconfigurable optical nodes in the GMPL/ASON network, which has been obtained as a result of the CARISMA project. Thanks to the participation in TRIPODE, CARISMA, and FIRM (Field trial with Integrated ROADMs and GMPLS compliance, the CELTIC-EUREKA-2004 project, www.celtic-iniciative.org) projects, the know-how necessary for the implementation of the reconfigurable optical nodes is ready. The subproject is divided in two main blocks. The first one will be dedicated to building reconfigurable optical nodes, while in the other, the aspects of the integration of these nodes in an optical network which was constructed during the CARISMA project, will be treated. Introduction of the traffic engineering (TE) techniques into GMPLS/ASON networks, which will result in a network able to provide optical virtual private networks (OVPN) as well as suitable for working in a GRID environment of great importance in the next future, should be highlighted among the most important general objectives of this subproject. For the development of these last objectives also the participation in PROMISE (Provisioning and monitoring of optical services, CELTIC-EUREKA-2004 project) project will be useful.
1/2006 - 12/2008
Advanced Broadband Communications Center (CCABA), Depts. of Computer Architecture (AC) and Signal Theory and Communications (TSC), UPC.
Several standardization bodies (UIT-T, 3GPP and IETF) are working on the definition of Next
Generation Network Architectures based on All-IP and Always Best Served concepts. Key
level of Architectures proposed by those bodies are organised around the service layer, which
offers to applications support for integration, deployment and operation of the end user services.
This service layer is based on the underlying IP transport layer which offers support for QoS,
security, etc, supporting the next generation applications.
This project aims to define one Architecture for next Generation services provision, which enables the creation of a service centre. The Architecture will enclose key elements of architectures of main standardisation bodies, and will focus on the service layer over heterogeneous access network, including wireless, cellular and fixed networks. Associated to the proposed Architecture, a Service Centre will be defined and setting up, for delivering end-user services.
End-to-end service provision over heterogeneous IP networks, including facilities for bandwidth on demand, guarantied bandwidth, QoS support, multi-diffusion, interworking of IPv4 and IPv6 networks among others is not a well solved problem, mainly because the problems due to the different domain involved in the service provision. Most of the existing solutions for monitoring and traffic measurement are designed for a single domain, and just a few refers to inter-main scenarios (hierarchic scenarios). This research project aims to integrate three research areas (monitoring and traffic measurement, traffic engineering and routing) in the context of inter- domain service provision.
The development of electronic technology and radio software, among others, will determine that in the near future the operation of radio networks will be characterised by the availability of multi- technology terminals such as GSM/EDGE and WCDMA. In this scenario, the coordinated management of radio resources, minimising their usage and guarantying QoS requirements for the end users, will become a key point. The objective of the project id the design of new policies for controlling admission of new session en multi-access systems and multi-service scenarios, capable of adapting to changing traffic conditions and that allows exploiting information regarding future hand-hovers of new sessions. Those policies have to guaranty at least the next QoS objectives: the probability of blocking new sessions, the probability of shutting down existing sessions and the probably of outage.
31/12/2005 30/12/2008 30/06/2009
UPM, UPC, UPV
Ente Promotor Observadors : CESCA, RedIRIS i TECSIDEL
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The motivation of the EuQoS(End to end Quality of Service) project is to resolve the outstanding design issues presently associated with the delivery of end to end QoS service across heterogeneous networks. It is necessary to resolve these issues and accordingly upgrade the infrastructures so that new applications can be supported by the Internet and new service packages can be offered by operators, ISP and other service providers.
Project Website: http://www.euqos.eu/
The COST 291 Action Towards digital optical networks belongs to the COST Domain: Telecommunications Information Science and Technology. The primary objective of this action is to focus on novel network concepts and architectures exploiting the features of photonic technologies, to enable future broadband telecommunications networks (access, metro and core). It is aiming to propose a new generation of systems and networks that will accommodate the unpredictable growth of data traffic. The action was initiated by the High-speed networks and optical communications group of AIT and Prof. Ioannis Tomkos acts as Action Chairman. More than 28 partners contribute to the activities of the project (including several from new member states).
COST action 291
Project Website: http://www.ait.edu.gr/cost291
Within the 6th Framework Programme, MUPBED was an integrated R&D project in the area "Research Network Infrastructure" of IST (Information Society Technologies) and it was partially funded by the European Commission. The main goal of the IST Project MUPBED was to integrate and validate, in the context of user-driven large-scale testbeds, ASON/GMPLS (Automatically Switched Optical Network/Generalised Multi Protocol Label Switching) technology and network solutions as enablers for future upgrades to European research infrastructures. This goal was pursued by creating a large experimental environment to assess the proposed network solutions, and that was offered as an open test platform to other European research projects and users. The testbed represented a multi-layer network based on IP/MPLS and ASON/GMPLS technologies, equipped with a unified control plane and designed to support the highly demanding applications of the European research community. The main goal of the IST Project MUPBED is to integrate and validate, in the context of user-driven large-scale testbeds, ASON/GMPLS (Automatically Switched Optical Network/Generalised Multi Protocol Label Switching) technology and network solutions as enablers for future upgrades to European research infrastructures. This goal will be pursued by creating a large experimental environment to assess the proposed network solutions, and that will be offered as an open test platform to other European research projects and users. The testbed will represent a multi-layer network based on IP/MPLS and ASON/GMPLS technologies, equipped with a unified control plane and designed to support the highly demanding applications of the European research community. Some of the key project objectives are as follows: * to identify service and network requirements of high-end applications for European research environments * to define the ASON/GMPLS features matching the above requirements and enabling the penetration of broadband services in Europe * to find and experimentally validate solutions for interoperability between different network domains * to assess the ability of ASON/GMPLS solutions to support demanding research applications, such as Grid computing, through lab and field trials with a large user community (including NRENs) * to develop guidelines for the introduction of ASON/GMPLS technologies and ultra-broadband services in future European research infrastructures Taking advantage of the strong asset of existing testbeds, the MUPBED Project brings together leading European players from NRENs, operators, industry, research institutes and universities to ensure that all the aspects of advanced networking and emerging applications are covered. Different local testbeds will be interconnected to create a European-wide field trial, allowing the assessment of different applications and the impact of ASON/GMPLS technologies on future research network solutions.
1/7/2004 - 31/12/2007
UPC CCABA participated as "user community" for the testbed.
Project Website: www.ist-mupbed.org
The proposed Network of Excellence (NoE) aims at integrating and focusing the rich know-how available in Europe on optical communication and networks, both in universities and in research centres of major telecom manufacturers and operators. The set of available expertises ranges from optical technologies, to networking devices, to network architectures and protocols, to the new services fostered by photonic technologies. The NoE will contribute to the Strategic Objective Broadband for All, with a particular focus (quoting from the EC IST 2003-2004 Workprogramme at page 15) on low cost access equipment, on new concepts for network management, control and protocols, and on increasing bandwidth capacity in the access network as well in the underlying optical core/metro network (including in particular optical burst and packet switching). The main technical focus of the NoE is to show which are the potential advantages of optical technologies in telecommunication networks with respect to electronic technologies. A strong integration among the participants to the NoE will favour a consensus on the engineering choices towards the deployment of costeffective optical technologies in networking that will support the future Internet, hopefully providing inputs to the standardization bodies and guidelines to the operators, as well as competitive advantages to European telecom equipment manufacturers. Integration will be pursued primarily by establishing long-term collaborations among partners in terms of research, of infrastructures sharing, and of education and training. The main instruments to achieve these long- lasting collaborations are the regular exchange of researchers between partners, and the development of joint teaching programs and events. Dissemination will be pursued by means of coordinated publication activities, offerings of training programs, organization of technical events, and interactions with other consortia in the same technical area. Research activities will mainly be carried out in research programs external to the NoE, both at the national and at the European levels. Well focused technical research programs will be activated internally to the NoE.
e-Photon/ONe involves 37 partners, coming from 12 member states (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, United Kingdom), 3 candidate countries (Hungary, Poland, Turkey) and 2 third countries (Croatia, applicant country and target INCO West Balkan country, and Norway, associated country). The consortium is composed by 29 universities and other higher education institutes, 4 telecom operators, 1 manufacturer, 3 non-profit research centres.
Project Website: http://www.e-photon-one.org/ephotonone/servlet/photon.Generar
The E-NEXT Network of Excellence targets a key area of Information Society Technologies, namely computer networking. Framework Programme 6 aims to develop the technological basis and the people-skills necessary to deliver the promise of the information revolution - new audio-visual services and products, electronic delivery of business, health, education, entertainment, government, science and so on - and this will fundamentally impact every aspect of life and work. The delivery of all of these e-endeavours depends entirely on computer networks.E-NEXT aims to integrate a critical mass of expertise and to re-structure research practice such that Europe can take a lead in computer networking and act as a world force in this area. The main objectives of this NoE will be: the development of a virtual research centre to integrate the world-class research of the members and to stimulate the exchange of personnel, the education and training of personnel inside and outside the network, the dissemination of research results and in general the spreading of excellence, and the stimulation of innovation by appropriate technology transfer into existing and new companies, both large and small.E-NEXT will achieve these objectives through its management structure consisting of network and country coordination committees, and six workpackages: network coordination, joint research, integration and training, distributed work environment, spreading excellence, and dissemination.E-NEXT is targeted at line 3.1.8 in the First Call for proposals, Networked Audio-Visual Systems and Home Platforms. This line aims to 'support the innovation and development of technologies for end-to-end interoperable audio-visual networks, services and applications'. E-NEXT will make a major contribution to these aims, as well as potentially contributing to other areas of IST, for example to Broadband for All, and to Research Networking.
1/1/2004 - 31/12/2006
The overall goal of the IST project NOBEL is to find and to validate (experimentally) innovative network solutions and technologies for intelligent and flexible optical networks, thereby enabling broadband services for all.
Specifically project main objectives are:
* to define network architectures, evolutionary guidelines and a roadmap for core and metro optical transport networks towards intelligent data centric solutions (based on optical and electrical switching, e.g. ASON/GMPLS);
* to identify main drivers for the evolution of core and metro optical networks supporting end-to-end broadband services, and to derive technical requirements in accordance to this;
* to study efficient traffic/network engineering and resilience strategies in multi-layer/domain/service networks and interworking issues;
* to assess and describe social and techno-economic aspects regarding the deployment of network solutions and technologies for intelligent and flexible optical networks;
* to evaluate solutions for providing end-to-end Quality of Service;
* to identify network architectures, concepts and solutions for advanced packet/burst switching;
* to propose simplified strategies for the end-to-end management and control of intra/inter-domain connections in multi-layers networks (e.g. IP over Optics);
* to find enhanced solutions and technologies for physical transmission in transparent optical networks;
* to identify the key functional requirements from the architectural, management, control and transmission viewpoints and translate them into specifications, feasibility studies and prototype realizations for multi-service/multi-layer nodes with flexible client and adaptable transport interfaces;
* to assess existing technologies, components and subsystems in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness, deriving requirements and specifications for next generation components and subsystems, with respect to the network solutions identified;
* to integrate the prototype solutions of for multi-service/multi-layer nodes into existing test beds for experiments on advanced functionalities.
# Telecom Italia - TILAB - Italy # Alcatel SEL Ag - ASEL - Germany # Alcatel CIT - ACIT - France # Alcatel Italia - AITA - Italy # British Telecom - BT - UK # Deutsche Telecom - DT - Germany # Ericsson AB - ERICSSON - Sweden # Lucent Technologies Network Systems GmbH - LUGmbH - Germany # Lucent Technologies Nederland BV - LUBV - Nederland # Marconi Communications ONDATA GmbH - MCONDATA - Germany # Marconi Communications S.p.A. - MCSPA - Italy # Pirelli Labs - PLABS - Italy # Siemens - SIEMENS - Germany # Telefonica I+D - TID - Spain # TeliaSonera - TS - Sweden # T-Systems Nova GmbH - T-Systems - Germany # ACREO - ACREO - Sweden # AGH eng. UMM-University of Mining and Metallurgy - AGH - Poland # CISCO - CISCO - Belgium # Telecommunications Technological Center of Catalonia - CTTC - Spain # France Telecom - FT - France # FhG-HHI - FhG-HHI - Germany # Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center - IMEC - Belgium # Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation - NTT - Japan # National Technical University of Athens - NTUA - Greece # AIP-Politecnico of Milano - AIP - Italy # Scuola Superiore S.Anna - SAnna - Italy # Telenor - TELENOR - Norway # University College of London - UCL - UK # Budapest University of Technology and Economics - BUTE - Hungary # University of Stuttgart - UST - Germany # Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC - Spain # Ericsson Magyarorszag KFT - ETH - Hungary
Project Website: http://www.ist-nobel.org/Nobel/servlet/Nobel.Main
SMARTxAC is a project carried out under a collaboration agreement between the Advanced Broadband Communications Center (CCABA) of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Supercomputing Center of Catalonia (CESCA).
SMARTxAC aims to develop and deploy a passive measurement infrastructure and a real-time analysis system for high-speed links. Currently, SMARTxAC is being used for capturing and analyzing the traffic of the Anella CientÃfica (Scientific Ring). The Anella CientÃfica is the name of the Catalan R&D Network, which is managed by CESCA and connects about 50 Universities and Research Centers in Catalonia.
The tapped link is built from a pair of GigE links (one for each traffic direction) that connect the Anella CientÃfica to RedIRIS (Spanish R&D network) and to the global Internet. Current traffic volume on this link is about 600 Mbps and it is increasing day after day, so that data collection is facilitated by an Endace DAG 4.3GE measurement card. Full-traffic analysis at full-line rate is performed in real-time using the SMARTxAC analysis software developed at the Advanced Broadband Communications Center (CCABA) of the UPC.
A three hours GPS-synchronized and anonymized IP header trace was captured for the NLANR/PMA project in February 2004 using the capture point and collection platform in the Anella CientÃfica. This data set was published and can be downloaded at CESCA-I section of NLANR/PMA website.
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Project Website: http://www.cba.upc.edu/smartxac
The goal of the SAM project is the design, experimentation and evaluation of architectures of an Internet network with mobility support. The project will create a network testbed by interconnecting wireless access demonstrators in the participating institutions through Red Iris 2. The following access technologies will be considered as a minimum: Wireless LANs, GPRS or UMTS. The testbed will be used to study, experiment and validate solutions to the following unresolved problems: - Mobile access over second and third generation wireless links. - Macromobility protocols. - Micromobility protocols. - Provision of QoS in a mobile context. - IPv6 usage in a mobile context. - Multicast in a mobile context. - User mobility: globalization of session management. - Provision of Security. The project will implement, compare and validate the proposed solutions over this network testbed and will propose new solutions for the unresolved problems. The validation in real working conditions will be performed with real time synchronous collaboration services, such as the tele-meeting and teletraining services of the Isabel application. Those services are considered the most adequate for this purpose; due to the demanding operating requirements and to the benefits that mobility can offer to them. The SAM project is a continuation of the SABADOS project of the Spanish National Research Program on Information and Communication Technologies and has the objective of exploring the evolution paths for including mobility in the Spanish academic research network. SAM will take as starting point the results of SABADOS, including the already developed service platform, as well as the solutions proposed and validated for adding next generation Internet features to the present Internet architecture. The platform will be enhanced with mobility, mew proposals will be developed and special emphasis will be put on submitting results to standards organisation, in particular the IETF
UPM, UPC, UMU, UC3M
Project Website: http://sam.ccaba.upc.edu/
LONG aims to foresee and solve problems related to the design, configuration and deployment of Next Generation Telecommunication networks specially when new services and applications are carried out across them.
The new version of the IP protocol, IPv6, will become an integral part of these Next Generation networks. In addition to this, the proliferation of new high bandwidth and asymmetric access technologies, like ADSL and CATV, will also shape the network design of these Next Generation Networks. On the other side, applications must be aware of the advanced services provided by the networks and protocols, and must take into account the impact of the underlying network. LONG aims at gaining an in-depth knowledge in the design and deployment of IPv4/IPv6 transition scenarios, as well as in the operational inter-working when heterogeneous access (ADSL, CATV, ISDN) and transport (IP/ATM, IP/SDH, IP/WDM) technologies are in place. The integration of IPv6 with advanced network services will be validated in LONG.
On the other hand, LONG focuses on extending the framework of applications, so that they benefit from the services provided by these Next Generation networks. In order to achieve these goals, LONG faces the following objectives:
Project Website: http://long.ccaba.upc.edu/
Main objective is to propose a Packet-over-WDM network solution, including traffic properties and management, based on optical packets and asynchronous transmission over metro and backbone distances. The project will capitalise on both optics and electronics to find out the optimum combination to reach multi-Tb/s capacity. To cope with the on-going convergence in the transport of voice, data and multimedia applications, the project will also define several classes of service, adapted to optical layer specifics. On the metro side, the project will consider a buffer-less network using a medium access control protocol. The backbone will be based on 10 Tb/s multi-layer (wavelength and packet) opto-electronic medium access control protocol with opto-electronic packet routers, incorporating core and edge functions. Finally, the project will demonstrate highly integrated optical and electronic devices, included in a sub-equipped experimental platform. Work description: A first task will be to tackle the network issues: - Define network requirements and functional specifications of the network elements; - identify a migration path from short-term approaches; - Carry out traffic studies to analyse IP traffic behaviour when transported over WDM, and propose optimised buffering schemes, access control protocols and routing algorithms taking into account a multi-QoS environment; - Investigate network management issues, such as interoperability between packet and WDM levels. A second task will be to investigate and implement the required network elements: - A network testbed will be implemented with its associated access control protocol to show a buffer-less multi-QoS optical packet metro network of capacity beyond 1Tb/s (2.5Gb/s line-rate); - A 10-Tb/s opto-electronic optical packet router (2.5/10Gb/s line-rate) incorporating gateway functions between metro and backbone will be implemented using a two-layer (wavelength and packet) approach; A third task will be to provide the required advanced components: - Fast and highly integrated optical space and wavelength switching modules, based on semiconductor optical amplifiers (up to 32 gates per module), and incorporating adapted high-speed electronic drivers; - electronics for clock recovery, buffering, and switching will be developed, based on SiGe and III/V technologies. Milestones: - Functional definition and migration path of optical-packet-over-WDM scenario - Analysis of traffic models and logical network performance; - Info-model of packet/WDM management; - Test-bed including metro network, optical packet router and interfaces to IP - New architectures and routing techniques, 40Gb/s studies; - Optical switch modules (32 gates); - Electronics for signal processing.
1/7/2000 - 30/6/2003
LION aims at giving answers to Network Operators (N.O.) about interoperability of client transport networks (e.g. ATM, SDH, IP-based) over an optical server one recommended as Optical Transport Network (OTN). In particular, the major target is to design and test over a testbed a multi-layer resilient network in a multi-domain environment. First the N.O. requirements will be defined for envisaged multi-layer network scenarios. Cost-effective integrated resilience strategies will be investigated supported by planning evaluations. The ITU-T functional modelling will be adopted to define first the OA&M and management requirements and then specifications for interfaces between network clients and OTN and between OTN domains. An "umbrella" management architecture that enables integration of TMN, WBEM, and SNMP will be designed to allow N.O. to manage the network as a whole. The above requirements and specifications will be translated into systems and sub-systems implementation to test in a testbed.
The goal is to design and test a resilient and managed transport network realised by an OTN carrying different clients (e.g. SDH, ATM, IP-based) with interworking and interconnection between layer transport networks and domains. The identified requirements will be validated in a testbed where IP-routers and SDH equipment will be integrated over an OTN infrastructure. The following objectives will be met: define the interworking and interconnection requirements between client-server layer networks and domains; define the functional requirements of an IP-based transport network; enhance the functional architecture of an OTN to account for new emerging features (e.g. digital optical container); implement, integrate and test Network Node Interfaces (NNI) between transparent domains and Client Node Interfaces (CNI), both based on digital optical container; implement, integrate and test an "umbrella" management system over a testbed; to develop and test strategies for integrated resilience controlled by an overall OA&M and a management system adopting QoS demanding applications; make techno-economic evaluations of an IP-based network over an OTN.
The following milestones/results are foreseen: integrated multi-layer network requirements and scenarios; functional description of an integrated OTN carrying multi-clients; functional requirements and implementation of CNI and NNI based on digital optical container; design of an "umbrella" management architecture implemented with CORBA and WBEM; OA&M concepts in an integrated multi-layer network; resilience interworking strategies in multi-layer networks; multi-layer resilient network planning and evaluation; testbed validation experiments.
Project Website: http://www.telecom.ntua.gr/lion/
SABA-DOS is a project which addresses the design, experimentation and evaluation of tele-meeting, tele-education/learning and tele-conference over a next generatiÃ³n Internet. It supports broadband communications, multicast, quality of service control facilities and protocols like RSVP, IPv6, RTP-RTCP and other protocols which are considered to play an important role in the future Internet. SABA-DOS is a continuation of the SABA project of the Spanish Telematic Services and Application Research Program, which maintains the objective of exploring the future paths to be followed in the Spanish Academic Research Network Red Iris. SABA-DOS will use SABA's results as the starting point and will continue evaluating new proposals for protocols and services for the next generation Internet. A network service platform will be designed to enhances the SABA platform with the elements necessary for the creation of the services addressed in the project, such as QoS or CoS control, multicast, new protocols, etc. This platform will be used to perform service experiments including external users. The experiments will include project tele-meetings, tele-meetings with outside users, distributed courses, tele-training within the EPO and distributed seminars and congresses. This project is devoted to the experimentation and evaluation of tele-meeting, tele-education/learning and tele-conference over a broadband communication network of second generation Internet type, with multicast, quality of service control facilities and protocols like RSVP, IPv6, RTP-RTCP as a key elements of the future Internet.
UPM, UC3M, UPC
The primary objective of the Action is to devise possible architectures for the next generation of high capacity optical transport and also access networks. The target architecture should
o provide virtually unlimited end-to-end bandwidth regardless of distance enabling instant movement of huge amounts of data for applications,
o enable efficient and simple multicasting and broadcasting of broadband signals,
o be flexible and agile in order to accommodate abrupt and unpredictable traffic surges and to react instantaneously when failures occur, allowing seamless and errorless transmission of large data blocks,
o be transparent to all sorts of digital signals and protocols so that it would enable to accommodate a number of network types and services simultaneously or in succession deployed over time,
o trade bandwidth for simplicity to alleviate the complexity problem in the communication networks resulting mainly from the ever increasing amount of software residing in the networks that raises costs and lowers reliability of the networks.
Project Website: http://www.ure.cas.cz/dpt240/cost266/
SABA (New Services for the Broadband Academic Network) is a research project integrated in the Spanish R&D Program, funded by CICYT. Its main goal is the improvement of the services offered by the present Internet by proposing new technologies, architectures, and protocols with the aim of incorporating broadband technologies.
Project Website: http://www.rediris.es/rediris/boletin/41-42/ponencia12.html
The Integrated Multimedia Project (IMMP) primarily studies the integration of interactive multimedia services and system architectures addressing both residential and business users and focusing on the overlaps and synergy between the two. The main focus is on investigating and using IP/ATM connections and using applications relevant to the business sector. The evolution towards new multimedia applications will take place in a step by step fashion with successful services developed only after extensive end-user evaluations. This process will be followed in the project emphasising end-user trials and the feedback from them. t is necessary for IMMP to conduct focused trials with selected services to understand the key ssues (technical, human and commercial) which will affect the successful deployment d end user acceptance of such services. Of particular relevance will be common new services that can be utilised in both business and residential areas.
The objective of the InfoWin project is to provide the ACTS Information Window. This window allows information to flow from ACTS projects to the outside world, and also helps the outside world to be visible to the ACTS projects. The window is intended to ensure that the work carried out in ACTS is timely and relevant. It ensures that ACTS participants keep an up-to-date view of the development of the market and its needs, and simultaneously it ensures visibility of the work carried out within ACTS. To maximise the synergy to be obtained by carrying out the research and development of ACTS within the overall framework of a collaborative programme, the InfoWin project provides support for the internal communication of the ACTS programme, both within the projects and between projects and the Commission.