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FIRE : Future Internet Research and Experimentation

Internet has grown to an unexpected reach, as for the number of users, capacity of the links, broadband penetration to the home, services. Inevitably, problems have grown too, in terms of spam, viruses, denial of service attacks, complexity of management. There is a wide consensus that the current Internet suffers from several drawbacks and limitations, related to scalability, suitability for ad-hoc/multi-hop/mesh networking, mobility, transparency, security, which require new radical approaches to fundamentally redesign its protocols and architectures. Given the size and economic value of the currently deployed infrastructure, such changes can only be thought in a long-term perspective; nevertheless, theoretical speculations in these directions must be supported by large scale experimental facilities and test-bed, acting as proof-of-concept of the newly proposed technologies and services, and to check the impact on society and economy.

FIRE is therefore an experimentally-driven long-term research initiative on Future Internet concepts, protocols and architectures, encompassing technological, industrial and socio-economic aspects.


  • Long term multidisciplinary research on future internet paradigms
  • Open to fresh bottom-up ideas with no backwards-compatibility constraints
  • Building on the FET SAC initiative “Situated and Autonomic Communications”
  • Considering at the same time technological, economic and social/policy aspects
  • Build in from the outset and on all levels the right balance between security / accountability and privacy


  • Large scale experimentation of new paradigms and concepts for the future internet and related service architectures
    • Learning through broad experimentation with research results
    • Integrating and validating new concepts developed in multiple research disciplines
  • Federating and extending existing testbeds and research infrastructures
    • no backwards-compatibility constraints
  • Follow a European approach and develop a European identity
    • Considering at the same time technological, economic and social/policy aspects
    • Striking the right balance between the needs for security / accountability and privacy


  • Advanced networking approaches to architectures and protocols
    • to manage the increased scale, resilience, complexity, mobility, security and transparency of the Future Internet
    • coupled with their validation in large scale testing environments based on a combination of physical and 'virtual' infrastructures
  • Interconnected testbeds addressing:
    • novel distributed and reconfigurable protocol architectures;
    • novel distributed network and service architectures, infrastructures and software platforms;
    • advanced embedded or overlay security, trust and identity management architectures and technologies

When: call2 (expected publication in June 2007)

Budget: 40 million euro (36 for IPs and STREPs, 3 for NoE, 1 for CA)


In order to better define its contents and long-term objectives, several meetings will be scheduled
before the launch of the call (summer 2007) the first ones will be:

  • 14-15 February 2007, Brussels: Start of FIRE expert groups
    • Scientific and Industrial groups to meet 2-3 times before summer
    • First expert group reports to be published in June 2007
    • To define the objectives, content and roadmap for the FIRE initiative
    • Initial Call for FIRE experimental facilities: Call 2
  • 7 March 2007, Zurich (ETH): SAC workshop
    • To present the first year results of the FET SAC projects
    • To identify areas for future research and roadmap for FIRE in Call 2
    • Responsible: Fabrizio Sestini ( (email removed) )

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