A FEDERATED TEST BED FOR FUTURE NETWORKS (and 5G) Objectives SoftFIRE focuses on NFV/SDN aiming at creating a secure, interoperable and programmable experimental infrastructure within FIRE+. The Project is federating experimental testbeds that will result in an infrastructure that Third Parties can use to develop new services and applications. The federation is a fundamental step towards the creation of a network experimental infrastructure that anticipates 5G. Key Properties Three key elements are assessed by SoftFIRE: programmability, interoperability and security. These properties will be evaluated in terms of efficiency, functional responsiveness and in general terms E2E QoS. The main objective is then to demonstrate and assess the level of maturity of adopted solutions and to show how they can unleash the full potential in a real world infrastructure by creating, nurturing and supporting an innovative ecosystem. Ecosystem Third parties play a fundamental role, they will be called to make use of the SoftFIRE testbed and to probe and functionally extend it. The project aims at creating a broad ecosystem of companies engaged with the evolution of SDN/NFV technologies. The mechanisms used for building the ecosystem are: Open Calls and specific events (like Hackathons, InterOpTest and Challenges). News from SoftFIRE Open Call for SoftFIRE Innovation Hackathon launched January 30, 2018 - Let’s work and INNOVATE on a 5G European federated testbed to win a Prize! SoftFIRE Read more ...Deadline for SoftFIRE Challenge extended January 28, 2018 - The deadline for the SoftFIRE Challenge has been extended to February 4th, 2018, 17.00 Read more ...SoftFIRE testimonial: the SWVR Experiment January 19, 2018 - The real-time Virtual Reality (VR) gaming is becoming a promising but challenging Read more ... Highlights for the Experimenters SoftFIRE is an experimental platform (a federated testbed) made available to programmers and organizations interested in the development new solutions in the areas of NFV/SDN and towards 5G targeting virtualization, programmability and security features. Your chance: get involved in a broad ecosystem consisting of programmers, experimenters and companies in order to challenge the technologies and to figure out their limits and the space for improvement. Ways of engagement: Open Calls for experimenters addressing the development of new services and applications as well as new platform functionalities Events like Open Plug Tests, Hackathons and Challenges will be the ideal opportunity to work together to bring the technology to the next level.