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Multiple Organisation Interconnection for Collaborative Advanced Network Experiments

Objective

The MOICANE project is focussed on the implementation and integration of a "Virtual Laboratory" environment, where different actors (universities, research institutes, manufacturers and network carriers) can join their efforts and share their resources (theoretical studies, simulations, sophisticated devices, on-field experience) in carrying out network research activities. The MOICANE network pilot, where the "networked collaboratories" concept is going to be instantiated, will be based on several DiffServ islands (IETF's "Differentiated Services") throughout Europe, and will need to feature a heterogeneous network periphery, to allow the partners to enter the network through different access technologies: LAN, xDSL, wireless (IEEE 802.11d and DECT) and fiber optic solutions. A key point of the MOICANE activity is the experimentation of various network accesses and their functional and performance interoperability with a QoS capable IP backbone.

Objectives:
1) Networked collaboratories: MOICANE aims to create a virtual lab environment on an IP-QoS pilot, where research actors can share their knowledge, experience and devices to achieve a profitable synergy, in line with main RN objectives.
2) Deployment of diverse access technologies (LAN, xDSL, fiber and wireless-DECT, IEEE 802.11d and satellite) whose integration, tested in a real environment, will allow to analyse the interaction among services, access and QoS-capable core network sections, in each island.
3) Setup and interconnection of QoS-capable DiffServ islands, linked via high-speed wired connections, satellite links or legacy Internet, where QoS will be preserved across the domains and the access/core boundary.
MOICANE addresses the WP 2000 thematic priorities on development/convergence of networking infrastructures and access technologies, as well as action line RN3 specific aims.

Work description:
The MOICANE activity, planned over a period of 24 months, is organised in workpackages (each one divided into tasks) with a number of milestones (expected achievements), and intermediate and final results are documented by means of deliverables. The whole workplan is developed through four phases, plus a self-standing WP concerning the project management and covering the whole project lifetime.1) Requirements Analysis phase (month 1 to 4). This phase include WP1 ("User & System requirements analysis")and aims at identifying the users needs, the applications and network capabilities needed to satisfy them and the performance requirements in terms of delay, reliability and bandwidth.
2) Design, Implementation and Integration phase (month 3 to 21). This phase is initially concerned with the pilot design activity (WP3: "Network & Applications Design"), as well as with the preliminary traffic and architectural studies carried out in WP2 ("Traffic & Architectural Studies"), which is expected to feed the functional specification and design process. Then, Phase 2 focuses on the implementation of the network elements and applications and in the pilot integration (WP4: "Pilot deployment").
3) Verification phase (month 16 to 24). This phase is based on WP5 ("Trials and Validation"), whose first task will define and setup the tests to be carried out on the pilot (T5.1), in order to assess through experiments the correct support of the pilot to the virtual lab environment, and the successful and seamless integration of various access technologies (T5.2).
4) Exploitation and Dissemination phase (month 3 to 24). This phase, based on WP6, will ensure proper information dissemination and exploitation of the project results. Beside traditional dissemination activities (articles and participation in conferences and workshops), the virtual lab concept addressed in the MOICANE pilot can be extended (in a reduced version) to external users, through standard web tools.

Milestones:
Project results will be achieved in the following steps:
- Network architecture and devices design completed
- Autonomous DiffServ islands created and interconnected with proper support of intra/inter-island quality network services
- Different access technologies deployed, with seamless functional and performance integration with the backbone
- Virtual lab services deployed, to allow a final validation of the perfect integration between access technologies and end-to-end QoS mechanisms
1. Development of a number of state of the art network node elements namely: X to Diffserv Border Router, Diffserv Border Router, Diffserv Bandwidth Broker, Bluetooth and IEEE 802.11 Access points, and IP Quality Measurement Devices
2. Development, integration and test of new applications, including QoS-aware applications
3. Gain of a deeper knowledge in the field of QoS over IP networks, including inter-domain related issues, on both the theoretical and practical aspects
4. Gain of a deeper knowledge of QoS over different access technologies, noticeably Wireless LANs, ADSL and LMDS
5. Gain expertise in the integration and deployment of extended Pilot network islands, of international interconnection issues
6. Availability of technologically advanced IP-based test-beds in several European research institutes and universities
7. Familiarisation of Romanian partners with emerging technologies, EU procedures, and collaborative ways of working.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ALCATEL ITALIA S.P.A.
Address
Piazza Della Repubblica 25
20100 Milano
Italy

Participants (9)

CONSORZIO PISA RICERCHE SCARL
Italy
Address
Piazza Alessandro D'ancona 1
56127 Pisa
FLEXTEL S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Corso Vercelli 328
10015 Ivrea
HELLENIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION S.A.
Greece
Address
Kifissias Avenue 99
15124 Maroussi - Athina
INESC - INOVACAO - INSTITUTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS
Portugal
Address
Rua De Alves Redol 9
1000-029 Lisboa
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece
Address
Patission Street 42
10682 Athens
SOCIETATEA NATIONALA DE TELECOMUNICATII ROMTELECOM S.A.
Romania
Address
14-16 Libertatii, Sector 5
70060 Bucharest
TEKELEC SYSTEMES
France
Address
29 Avenue De La Baltique
91940 Les Ulis
UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
Address
Splaiul Independentei 313
77206 Bucharest
WIND TELECOMUNICAZIONI S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Viola Cesare Giulio 48
00148 Roma