SoftFIRE is building a federated experimental platform aimed at the construction and experimentation of services and functionalities built on top of NFV and SDN technologies. The platform is a loose federation of already existing testbed owned and operated by distinct organizations for purposes of research and development.

SoftFIRE has three main objectives: supporting interoperability, programming and security of the federated testbed. Supporting the programmability of the platform is then a major goal and it is the focus of the SoftFIRE’s Second Open Call.

The SoftFIRE testbeds

SoftFIRE federates different European testbeds owned by the partners of the project. Currently the federated Testbed are

  • RMED Cloud Lab from Ericsson, located in Rome;
  • FUSECO Playground from FOKUS Fraunhofer/TUB, located in Berlin;
  • 5GIC from University of Surrey, located in Guildford, Surrey;
  • Assembly Data System cloud lab;
  • Deutsche Telekom cloud lab integrated on demand;

In the past other Testbed were integrated (and currently not available):

  • JoLNet from TIM, spread over several Italian cities;

The SoftFIRE architecture

Experimenters can access the available resources through a single access-point, i.e., the SoftFIRE Experiment Manager, Figure 1. This tool will be under development during the entire lifecycle of the project in order to progressively manage and orchestrate the allocation of several resources (Virtualization, SDN, 5G Resources, Security, and Monitoring). The Experiment Manager provides primitives to authenticate users and to discover, reserve, acquire, monitor and finally release a set of arbitrary resources of the infrastructure. Once a user has been given the authorization to access the system, he can perform experiments on top of the architecture for a certain amount of time. The SoftFIRE Experiment Manager (SEM) will ensure interoperability with other technologies by implementing the standard TOSCA interface.

SoftFIRE architecture

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