Related Projects and Initiatives


Architecture Design Project a for New Generation Network

"The AKARI Architecture Design Project aims to implement the basic technology of a new generation network by 2015, developing a network architecture and creating a network design based on that architecture."


Abstraction Layer for Implementation of Extensions in Programmable Networks

ALIEN ambition is to develop an OpenFlow based programmable network architecture over non-OpenFlow capable hardware.

The ALIEN project will extend the OpenFlow control framework developed within the OFELIA project to support abstraction of network information of equipment that are alien to the OpenFlow technology such as optical network elements, legacy Layer2 switches, network processors and programmable hardware.

CHANGE The CHANGE project addresses a central problem of today’s Internet: its size and scope make innovation through the introduction of new core network technologies very difficult. The Internet suffers from "ossification". Even minor changes only happen through the accretion of point solutions that embed knowledge in the network, optimizing today's applications at the expense of tomorrow's.
CONVERGENCE CONVERGENCE proposes to enhance the Internet with a novel, content-centric, publish-subscribe service model, based on the Versatile Digital Item (VDI): a common container for all kind of digital content, derived from the MPEG21 standard.

DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) plans, builds and operates advanced networks for research and education. It is owned by European NRENs (national research and education networks), and works in partnership with them and in cooperation with the European Commission.

GÉANT is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). The GÉANT network has been built and is operated by DANTE, on behalf of the European NRENs.

Upcoming project on EU-Japan testbed connections

Recent projects have already successfully demonstrated the advantages of federation within a community. The Fed4FIRE project intends to implement the next step in these activities by successfully federating across the community borders and offering openness for future extensions.

Fed4FIRE will establish a common federation framework by developing, adapting or adopting tools that support experiment lifecycle management, monitoring and trustworthiness.


Brazil - EU cooperation

Future Internet Test Beds / Experimentation between Brazil and Europe

FIRE FIRE provides a research environment for investigating and experimentally validating new networking and service architectures and paradigms addressing all levels, including horizontal research on issues such as system complexity and security.

Global Environment for Network Innovations

"a unique virtual laboratory for at-scale networking experimentation"

Internet2 Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the USA’s leading higher education institutions.

Investing RINA as an Alternative to TCP/IP

The project will conduct an investigation of a new paradigm for data networking, RINA. IRATI will use the OFELIA testbed to carry on its experimental activities.

JGN JGN-X is the Testbed Environment for R&D in Japan to realize and broaden the New Generation Network Technologies to meet the demands of ICT society in the future.
KOREN KOREN (Korea Advanced Research Network) is a non-profit testbed network infrastructure established for facilitating research and development and international joint research cooperation. Korean Future Internet Test-bed with OpenFlow Switch Deployment.

Aims to use software-defined networking (SDN) approaches to improve delivery of an emerging class of distributed applications for the Future Internet known as Real-Time Online Interactive Applications (ROIA). OFERTIE aims to enhance and use the OFELIA Testbed for OpenFlow Programmable Networking to run experiments to establish how programmable networks can be used to support technical solutions such as multicast and managed QoS, and what business models and value chains would be able to use these solutions in an economically sustainable fashion.

OpenFlow Switch Consortium

The OpenFlow Switching specification was created in 2008 to evangelize and support OpenFlow.

"Although hosted at Stanford University, our goal is for OpenFlow to be owned by the community – for the betterment of research and innovation in networking."

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is now the home of the OpenFlow specification.


Networking innovations Over Virtualized Infrastructures

This project's objectives are to investigate and experiment on open questions on monitoring, formal description and brokerage of virtualized resources within a federation of Future Internet platforms.

SPARC OpenFlow introduces a fundamental split of control and forwarding  plane in data path elements (switches, routers) enabling researchers to  study new network protocols and architectures while allowing operators  smooth deployment of such new networking paradigms. Carrier grade  operation poses additional challenges to the OpenFlow architecture.  SPARC studies such challenges and evaluates potential extensions to  OpenFlow.