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Multi-partner European test beds for research Networking


The main goal of IST Project MUPPET is to integrate and validate, in the context of user-driven large-scale test beds, ASON/GMPLS (Automatically Switched Optical Network/Generalised Multi Protocol Label Switching) technology and network solutions as enablers for future upgrades to European research infrastructures. This goal will be pursued by creating a large experimental environment to assess the proposed network solutions, and that will be offered as an open test platform to other European research projects and users.

The test bed will represent a multi-layer network based on IP/MPLS and ASON/GMPLS technologies, equipped with a unified control plane and designed to support the highly demanding applications of the European research community. Some of the key project objectives are as follows: to identify service and network requirements of high-end applications for European research environments and the matching ASON/GMPLS network features; to identify solutions for an effective integration of the ASON/GMPLS network layer with the IP/MPLS one, on which the European research networks are and will be based; to solve issues of interoperability between different network domains and of end-to-end provisioning across heterogeneous network environments, in order to enable true pan-European broadband services; to experimentally assess the proposed solutions through lab and field trials in real user environments and with a large user community, including European NRENs.

Taking advantage of the strong asset of existing test beds, the MUPPET Project brings together leading European players from NRENs, operators, industry, research institutes and universities to ensure that all the aspects of advanced networking and emerging applications are covered. Different local test beds will be interconnected to create a Europe-wide field trial, allowing the assessment of different applications and the impact of ASON/GMPLS technologies on future research network solutions.

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