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How Cooperative Research Is Shaping the Future Internet

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 A symbol of cooperation.

European and Japanese researchers are cooperating on a framework for testing new network technologies.


European researchers are working with Japanese colleagues to build a framework for testing new network technologies.

The researchers launched the Federated Test-Beds for Large-Scale Infrastructure Experiments (FELIX) project in April 2013. In April 2015, FELIX published a white paper outlining the key benefits of a world-scale test-bed for demonstrating new network technologies.

The participants in the project are now working to create an easily accessible Internet testing framework that would meet the needs of European and Japanese research communities and enable greater collaboration. Users would be able to trial and test new network architecture at scale.

FELIX is investigating software-defined networking (SDN), a dynamic, manageable, and cost-effective approach to computer networking that decouples network control and forwarding functions. An SDN approach means network control becomes directly programmable and the underlying infrastructure can be abstracted from applications and network services.

FELIX will establish Internet experimental platforms in Europe and Japan interconnected by high-speed dynamic research networks. The European Union-funded project is due to conclude in March 2016.

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