Experimentally-driven research has been boosted by the emergence of the FIRE large-scale validation facilities, which support the execution of experiments in a fully distributed and heterogeneous testing environment. These facilities are continuously evolving thanks to the experimenters’ feedback and technological evolution of grounding concepts and components.
In current times, where most of world economies are driven by innovation and where changes in technology and culture in societies are happening rapidly, the European Commission through several initiatives and organizational structures, including FIRE and NGI, plays a relevant role by promoting experimental facilities addressing the challenges for bringing revenue to the experimentation facilities and for activating business markets in Europe and world-wide. Since its introduction in the FP7 programme, the FIRE initiative continues being a critical pillar of the Net Futures within the Horizon 2020. At the heart of the overall initiative there are projects establishing hubs for technology innovation in key areas, e.g. advanced networking, IoT, data, cloud infrastructures, and their use within a wide range of diverse business and application domains, e.g. smart city, healthcare, marine, land and air applications.
This session provides an insight into the transition process from former FIRE initiative to NGI, seen as the evolution of FIRE towards the achievement of the Horizon 2020 vision and beyond into the next Framework Programme spanning across 2020-2025.
This session is addressed at infrastructure players from the NREN community to stimulate a discussion how transition from FIRE to NGI creates new opportunities and challenges for the NRENs in the near future. Moreover, this session is addressed at researchers from academia and industry, interested in experimental validation of innovative outcomes of research projects in stable, close to real, network environments.
· The Next Generation Internet initiative (Jean-Luc Dorel, EC), 10 minutes
· Federation of Next Generation Internet experimental testbeds (Brecht Vermeulen, IMEC), 10 minutes
· GEANT Experimentatal Facilities – lessons learned (Jerry Sobieski, Nordunet), 10 minutes
· Experimental validatation as key-enabler for innovation (Artur Binczewski, PSNC), 10 minutes
· Panel discussion / Q&A moderated by Bartosz Belter