OpenLab delivers the ingredients to build an open, general purpose, shared experimental facility enabling European businesses and higher education institutions to innovate and assess the performance of their solutions. It builds and improves on successful FIRE prototypes in terms of scale and diversity. It also works on the sustainability of R&D initiatives.

What you get: OpenLab deploys the software and tools to enable the deployment of advanced testbeds that support applications efficiently and flexibly. It extends FIRE facility capabilities for mobility, wireless, monitoring and domain interconnections, incorporating technologies such as OpenFlow. It offers access to a wide range of testbeds for experiments beyond what can be tested on the current Internet:

PlanetLab Europe: access to over 1000 nodes distributed worldwide, based on the PlanetLab system.

NITOS: an OMF-based wireless testbed consisting of 45 nodes equipped with a mix of Wi-Fi and GNU-nodes.

w-iLab.t wireless mesh and sensor network infrastructure of 180 nodes, including 20 mobile nodes.

Two IMS testbeds, supporting carrier-grade next generation network services, for performing diverse converged media experiments.

ETOMIC: a high-precision network measurement testbed featuring dozens of Internet-connected nodes synchronised via GPS.

.SEL: a hybrid delay-tolerant opportunistic networking testbed.

ns-3: a free, open-source discrete-event network simulator.

HEN: enabling the emulation of rich topologies in a controlled fashion over switched VLANs that connect multiple virtual machines.

How to get involved: Send an email to expressing your interest in using the facility.

Funding information: OpenLab has received funding from the European FIRE programme for the period September 2011 - June 2014.

Discover more in the FIRE Brochure, March 2014. Got an iPad? Download the iBook version (185 MB, downloading may take some time), developed by the FORGE project, winner of the best poster at the Future Internet Assemby 2014, Athens.