General Information and Call Objective

The Third Open Call of the SoftFIRE project focuses on supporting experiments that focus on the concepts of interworking, interoperability, programmability across multiple testbeds running a federated and orchestrated virtual infrastructure, providing a single environment for experimentation.

The proposed plan should address the following objectives:

  • the production and/or validation of new services, systems and applications that benefit from network programmability as well as NFV and SDN technologies more generally

AND/OR

  • The development and validation of extensions to the current federated testbed or of new functionalities thereof. For example:
    • testbed enhancements in terms of orchestration, control or virtualization capabilities and their real world evaluation over the federated infrastructure
    • architectural extensions based on NFV/SDN or new functionalities, complying with the 5G notion.
    • Experiments enabling benchmarking of the NFV/SDN components used in SoftFIRE.
    • Extensions to SoftFIRE infrastructure by using open source SDN/NFV components, interoperable with the existing FIRE control and management tools adopted by SoftFIRE.

 

The SoftFIRE project is now ready to receive proposals for experiments to be carried out on the Federated Testbed. For this purpose, the SoftFIRE Project invites interested parties in submitting experiment proposals that address above Objective.

For this Open Call, SoftFIRE is especially interested in receiving proposals for experiments covering NFV security, SDN programmability, Security and software architecture evolution towards 5G. This does not limit experimenters to address also other topics in the realm of applications of NFV/SDN, Security, 5G.

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Project full name: SoftFIRE – Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization

Testbed within FIRE+

Project number: 687860

Call identifier: SoftFIRE-OC3

Call title: Third SoftFIRE Open Call for Experiments

Total Budget: € 850.000

Maximum Funding per proposal: € 50.000

Type of participants: The typical profile of participants is academics, industrial or SMEs active in the domain of NFV/SDN and 5G research and applications that need to run experiments to test, evaluate and optimize their solutions and applications. The rules of participation are indicated in SoftFIRE Third Open Call: https://www.softfire.eu/open-calls/

Duration of the experiment: The maximum allowed duration of each experiment is 3 Months; start of experiments: November 15, 2017

Language of the proposal: English

Proposal submission: online submission through the portal

Feasibility Check deadline: 4 October 2017 at 17:00 CET (Brussels time)

Call deadline: 18 October 2017 at 17:00h CET (Brussels time)

Proposal Template: Proposals must use the provided template (in Word format)

Detailed Call Information: SoftFIRE Third Open Call

Notification of Acceptance: 3 November 2017

Contact: opencall@softfire.eu

Web address for further information: https://www.softfire.eu/open-calls/

 

For the feasibility check, it is mandatory that proposers get in contact with the SoftFIRE partners for the proposed experiment to discuss its feasibility within the SoftFIRE federated testbed and the related specific requirements. Each proposer must submit their draft proposal (mandatory) through the submission portal by 4 October 2017, at 17.00 CEST (Brussels time) (Sharp deadline). The draft proposal must contain at least Sections A, B and C fully completed. Feedback by the SoftFIRE consortium will be provided latest by 13 October 2017 and has to be indicated in Section D of the proposal template.

 

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Important documentation

Third SoftFIRE Open Call document: SoftFIRE_OpenCall_Document

Experiment Proposal Template document:  SF_OpenCall1_ProposalTemplate

A Handbook containing guidelines, rules and mechanisms governing the usage of the SoftFIRE Testbed for the Third Open CallOC3_GuidelinesRulesAndMechanismsV3.0  (Please note that the project is continuously working on the update of the infrastructure; the more recent information can be found here)