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Future Internet Research and Experimentation - Strategy Working Group (FIREworks)
Start date: 01 Apr 2008, End date: 30 Sep 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main goal of FIRE Works SA (Specific Support Action) project is to create a sustainable forum for testbed actors in Europe in the area of future networks. By the means of this project relevant parties are brought together in order to exchange ideas, experiences, specifications for future needs and information on test activity offerings in Europe and beyond. Through individuals involved in testbed activities, e.g. researchers, developers, managers of RandD units and ICT policy makers, it is formed a common understanding of what exists and what will be needed for future experimental facilities. The FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) Initiative launched by the Commission within FP7 has two related dimensions: on one side, promoting experimentally-driven long term, visionary research on new paradigms and networking concepts and architectures for the future internet; on the other side, building a large scale experimentation facility to support both medium and long term research on networks and services by gradually federating existing and new testbeds for emerging or future internet technologies. The FIRE Works SA is proposing to continue the work of the FIRE Expert Group work preceding the FIRE Initiative and to take further the two dimensions. It aims at clustering and concentrating activities in Europe in the area of testing new communications technologies and services, as support for numerous related Research and Development (RandD) projects running under European and national umbrellas. In particular, various available testbeds and experimental laboratories, including experimental communications networks, as well as so-called User-Driven Innovation platforms will be considered, in order to support creation of a federation of testbeds. The objective is to ensure both tighter collaboration of testbeds with the aim to improve overall testing features and provision of a higher number of testing services in Europe.
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