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4WARD - Architecture and Design for the Future Internet

4WARD - Architecture and Design for the Future Internet

Objective

Today's network architectures are stifling innovation, restricting it mostly to the application level while the need for structural change is increasingly evident. The absence of adequate facilities to design, optimize and interoperate new networks currently forces a convergence to an architecture that is suboptimal for many applications and that cannot support innovations within itself, the Internet.4WARD overcomes this impasse through a set of radical architectural approaches built on our strong mobile and wireless background.. We improve our ability to design inter-operable and complementary families of network architectures. We enable the co-existence of multiple networks on common platforms through carrier-grade virtualization for networking resources. We enhance the utility of networks by making them self-managing. We increase their robustness and efficiency by leveraging diversity. Finally we improve application support by a new information-centric paradigm in place of the old host-centric approach. These solutions will embrace the full range of technologies, from fibre backbones to wireless and sensor networks.The 4WARD results will allow new markets to appear, redefining business roles and creating new economic models. We will establish the Future Internet Forum as a leading standards body, enabling these new markets and opening them for old and new players alike, increasing opportunities for competition and cooperation and creating new products and services.These goals can only be achieved by gathering a strong, industry-led consortium of the leading operators, vendors, SME, and research organisations, with the determination, skills, and critical mass to create cross-industry consensus and to drive standardisation. The project is designed for multiple phases; the first one will establish the core concepts and technologies and last for two years. The planned effort of about 2200 person months corresponds to the strategic importance of this endeavour.
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Coordinator

ERICSSON AB

Address

Torshamnsgatan 23
164 80 Stockholm

Sweden

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 129 085

Administrative Contact

Jörgen Andersson (Mr.)

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ERICSSON CANADA INC

Canada

UNIVERSITAT BASEL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 192 602

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 379 021

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 480 828

ERICSSON GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 664 340

ALCATEL-LUCENT DEUTSCHLAND AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 711 991

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 496 962

UNIVERSITAET PADERBORN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 369 634

NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS GMBH &CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 206 767

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 471 014

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 480 806

FUNDACION ROBOTIKER

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 332 552

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 439 211

NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 326 579

OY L M ERICSSON AB

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 74 264

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 474 969

INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 416 904

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

EU Contribution

€ 306 285

NOKIA BELL LABS FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 164 204

ORANGE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 639 638

ALCATEL VACCUM TECHNOLOGY FRANCE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 118 550

WATERFORD INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 473 587

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 262 857

TELECOM ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 537 971

ORANGE POLSKA SPOLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 97 895

ALTICE LABS SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 340 619

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 610 522

INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICACOES

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 74 976

UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA CLUJ-NAPOCA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 193 998

ATOS CONVERGENCE CREATORS SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 263 086

RISE SICS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 761 488

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 473 227

NEC EUROPE LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 636 416

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 367 436

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 477 759

RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY

United States

T-SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL GMBH

Germany

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

L.M. ERICSSON LIMITED

Ireland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 216041

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2008

  • End date

    30 June 2010

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 23 388 607

  • EU contribution

    € 14 448 043

Coordinated by:

ERICSSON AB

Sweden