Demand is increasing in both academic and industrial communities to bridge the gap between visionary research and large-scale experimentation: this can be done through experimentally-driven advanced research, with ‘iterative’ cycles of research, design and experimentation:
This approach requires large-scale experimental facilities, going beyond individual project testbeds, which are needed as validation tools: such as for interoperability issues. They would help anticipate(potentially disruptive) migration paths for developments in technology; discover new and emerging behaviours and patterns of use; and assess at an early stage the socioeconomic implications of new technology solutions.
FIRE addresses the emerging expectations unleashed by the Internet, by providing a research environment for investigating and experimentally validating innovative and revolutionary ideas. It consists of :
Sustainability for FIRE Experimental Facilities is essential to ensure that the facilities are available long enough to enable researchers to plan and conduct experiments. Federation of the facilities is a path to sustainability, but is not sufficient. Encouraging the use of the facilities out of FIRE and linking up with international initiatives is also necessary.