Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

ICT Proposers' Day 2012

1.7 Future Internet Research Experimentation (FIRE)

The overall goal of Future Internet Research Experimentation (FIRE) is combining technological and social innovation by investigating and experimenting new paradigms related to the Internet, both for future Internet architectures and a holistic and multidisciplinary understanding of Internet developments.

The objective will be complemented with an EU-Japan co-ordinated call (see Objective 10.1) and an EU-Brazil co-ordinated call (see Objective 10.2).

Specific objectives of FIRE in WP2013:

(a) To support new testbed facilities in areas not yet covered by existing ones, or to extend the most successful ones.

The projects should reserve at least 50% of their budget for open calls addressing innovative usages, extensions and experiments, based on :

  • open software,
  • open data infrastructures,
  • open hardware,
  • open standards and open platforms, including virtual ones.

Pilots and experiments should be replicable, reusable and scalable. The selection criteria should be based on a combination of excellence and crowd-sourcing when possible.

(b) To support experimentally driven research, in particular to conduct multidisciplinary investigation of key techno-social issues (i.e. Internet Science www.internet-science.eu/, including network neutrality, privacy by design, cloudification, crowd-sourcing etc.), exploiting any relevant FIRE facilities, considering also benefits for citizens, ethical and sustainability aspects.

A multidisciplinary approach is encouraged to include beyond technologically oriented partners, also at least two participant entities with a main focus of activity addressing sociology, economy, law, content/culture, and/or perception/interfaces.

(c) Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) to:

  • identify, monitor, coordinate and integrate experimental-based research and large-scale deployment to promote the sharing of best practices, solutions, applications and services
  • identify, monitor and publicize European and National Future Internet initiatives with a view to facilitate their coordination, integration and the broader use of their results and achievements across Europe.

(d) EU-South Africa cooperation on future internet experimental research and testbed interconnection.

This activity aims at improving the capabilities of testbeds on future internet technologies in Europe and in South Africa. South African organisations are expected to contribute a significant share of the funding they require for this activity.

(e) EU-China cooperation on future internet experimental research and IPv6

The goal is to build a partnership between European and Chinese organisations to foster cooperation in the domain of future internet research experimentation and IPv6.

This should include in particular:

  • strengthening joint research efforts on the future internet by developing interoperable solutions and common standards.
  • reinforcing academic and industrial cooperation on future internet experimental research, through a better networking between European and Chinese actors.
  • exchanging good practices for IPv6 deployment and supporting the creation of interconnected IPv6 pilots between Europe and China.

Proposals are expected to build upon the achievements by similar past or ongoing projects.

(f) EU-South Korea cooperation on future internet experimental research

This activity aims to develop experiments on individual testbeds but also across testbeds for understanding the management of heterogeneous resources, the access to these resources and the evaluation of their usage.

It will exploit the links between current activities in Europe and in South Korea. Research will focus on software defined networking (SDN) enabling parallel deployment of slices assigned to virtual network providers. The software developed in the research project will be deployed and evaluated in the testing facilities in both, Europe and South Korea.

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