CONFINE Project launches Open Call 1


The CONFINE project is organizing two open calls to attract external experimenters to the facility. The first open call will close on Wednesday October 31 at 17:00h Brussels time. (Extended from Friday October 19).

The CONFINE project is designing, building and operating a distributed testbed to support experimental research in community networking: Community-lab.net. The Community-Lab testbed offers a group of computers and network links installed as part of existing community networks. The testbed is under development and we already have a small operational testbed with prototype software. As of January 2013 we plan to have around 40 nodes ready to run experiments, which are part of three community networks in Europe (AWMN, Funkfeuer, Guifi.net). Similarly to Planetlab, each research project has a “slice” with access to virtual machines on the different nodes. The nodes are x86 based computers (AMD Geode LX CPU such as Alix boards or Atom CPU) running a customized OpenWRT Linux distribution that uses Linux containers to run several slivers (i.e. a container assigned to a slice that can run its own Linux system). There is a wide range of links and technologies, mostly wireless but also wired (fiber), under diverse environmental conditions, link characteristics, node density, which enriches the research scenarios. There is a common testbed portal (with a Web and programmatic interface) to manage experiments, and our wiki contains lots of informal documentation about the project and the testbed. The operations team of Community-Lab will provide support (starting from 2013) to the researchers to set up and run their experiments on our testbed. We will also provide appropriate methods for configuring, deploying, managing, executing and measuring experiments.

External experimenters can use the CONFINE infrastructure for their experiments in the area of community networking or related topics that can benefit from that infrastructure. For these experiments, funding is available under this call. We would like to note that applying for funding is not necessarily a requirement: (unfunded) use of the infrastructure for small projects may also be possible if the testbed infrastructure is able to support your request (depending on availability and type of experiment), however unfunded use is planned for a later time of the project (around spring 2013) when we can assess the spare capacity of the testbed after this open call.

Topics of interest for this open call, but not limited to:

Wireless mesh networks
Wireless MAC and routing protocols
Services and applications
Cross-layer designs
Hybrid networks with wireless and optical fibre links
Tools for bootstrapping and running community networks
Performance modelling and evaluation
Quality of service provisioning
Quality of experience in community networks
Community network security and privacy
Large-scale management and data collection infrastructures
Incentive models for encouraging users and businesses to participate in community networks
Socio-technical-economic experiments for community networks
Check the expected characteristics of the testbed for 2013 to make sure experiments proposed can be supported by our testbed.

If you are interested in applying to this call and receiving funding for your experiments, please visit www.confine-project.eu to find further information. A (growing) list of frequently asked questions is also available.

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