a) Optical Communications
The activity intends to focus on the Ethernet ecosystem in conjunction with all-optical networks targeting capacities of 100 Gbit/s per wavelength. While components targeting 100 Gbit/s, and also networks are under development and trial, this activity will focus on further enhancement on a system level of the future Ethernet transport networks by advancing the technologies to efficiently incorporate all network layers, to achieve high-rate server connectivity, and reliable and efficient network access and core switching.
b) Wireless Communications
The goal is to develop short-range wireless systems using millimetre-wave and terahertz-wave technologies to realise ultra high data transmission capacities and high resolution sensing inside or outside of buildings. The focus will be on architectures towards ultra-high speed short-range wireless technology, radio transmission technology, terahertz-wave base band and millimetre-wave radio access technologies including spectrum re-use and cognitive technologies.
c) Cybersecurity for improved resilience against cyber threats
This activity focuses on research on cybersecurity for improved resilience against cyber threats, such as leak of information, denial of service, malware among EU and Japan. It will develop technologies and strategies for improving and enhancing cybersecurity in heterogeneous networked, service and computing environments and facilitate the early identification of cyber attacks. The goal is to collaboratively develop a demonstrable and state-of-the-art prototype to improve and enhance cybersecurity against existing and emerging cyber threats in Europe and Japan.
d) Extending the cloud paradigm to the Internet of Things - Connected objects and sensor clouds within the service perspective
Current cloud technology lacks features for secure and flexible services that make use of distributed sensing devices and a high quantity of object instances. The research should focus on the combination of Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and to investigate the development of cloud-based service platforms taking into account the IoT perspectives on massive data storage and communication needs in the cloud for the execution of real-time services. The scope may include architecture, middleware and services.
e) Global scale experiments over federated testbeds: Control, tools and applications_
The goal is to enable experiments across testbeds as a framework for understanding the management of heterogeneous resources, the access to these resources and the evaluation of their usage. It requires software solutions that are suited to control and deploy an experiment, using distributed resources of various testbeds, possibly wired and wireless. Defining APIs, a thin convergence layer for accessing testbeds seamlessly and a monitoring framework is the focus of this activity. Solutions will be demonstrated for various scenarios ranging from wireless testing to Information-Centric networking.
f) Green & content centric networks
The focus is on a change in network architecture from host-oriented to content-centric networking. The content-centric networking seeks to adapt the network architecture to current network usage patterns. This new paradigm can open new possibilities for energy-efficient content distribution. Of particular importance are issues related to naming, addressing and routing as well as resource control, access analysis and Digital Rights Management. The research needs also to address the migration perspective from the current Internet protocols and architecture.
One STREP per topic a) to f) above.
Indicative budget distribution
EUR 9 million total
Relevant challenge: 1. Pervasive and Trusted Network and Service Infrastructures
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