10. FUTEBOL: Federated Union of Telecommunications Research Facilities for an EU-Brazil Open Laboratory

Author(s): 
Cristiano Bonato Both, Juliano Wickboldt, Marcelo Marotta, Nicholas Kaminski, Johann Marquez Barja, and Luiz DaSilva
Focus area: 
- Federated cloud infrastructures for research and science - applications addressing societal challenges, big data value, open standards - EU-Brazil co-operation priorities and common programs
Who stands to benefit and how: 
We have identified the following main target groups: (1) new experimenters who can take advantage of advanced experimentation enabled by FUTEBOL research infrastructure and tools, bringing business value to their organizations and helping them capitalize on their innovation efforts; (2) innovators and researchers both in the academic and corporate research & development domains working on resource allocation and optimization in wireless and optical networks; (3) telecommunication manufacturers, telecommunications operators and service providers, such as, but not limited to, the 5G-PPP members, and organizations participating in the recent H2020 ICT calls; (4) society as a whole including students, regulators, standardization groups, etc.
Focus of your position paper: 
FUTEBOL will create research infrastructure and tools that enable and promote the federation of experimental telecommunication resources irrespective of their location in Brazil and Europe, with a view toward global experimentation across heterogeneous networks, both wired and wireless, and a variety of end-systems. The focus of FUTEBOL is on building upon current tools and platforms in support of end-to-end experimentation, creating a pool of, and giving open access to, shared network experimental resources that complement those available in each continent. Industrial and academic researchers in telecommunications have recognized the need for flexibility, intelligence, and the efficient use of resources. These requirements are exemplified by the broad range of technologies being proposed for inclusion into the fifth generation of cellular networks (5G). Furthermore, existing overarching strategies stress the intelligent combination of techniques to flexibly use available resources, both wireless and wired, in the most efficient way. In this sense, FUTEBOL is an experimentation platform that will support the joint optimization of optical network scheduling and radio resource management. Such a platform is required for experimentation-based exploration and validation of several 5G technologies (e.g. cloud radio access networks, cell densification, etc.) and the efficient use of the optical backhaul. The development of a coherent toolset to support joint control of wireless and optical networks in an experimentation context is among the objectives of FUTEBOL, including: (1) to create a toolset to enable experimentation at the wireless/optical network boundary; (2) to provide these tools to an array of experimental facilities that support experiments in both wireless and optical networks in an open manner; and (3) to contribute to open research questions in optical/wireless using the tools developed in the project. The basic experimentation toolset created in FUTEBOL will consist of a defined environment that allows users to focus directly on their problems of interest with minimal overhead. As such, a common experimentation architecture, relevant to issues that cross the wireless/optical network boundary, is the core of this toolset. The architecture will enable the coordination between wireless and optical networks, defining interfaces to provide a standard method of communicating control and management data between each type of network. The toolset based on these elements will support experimentation by providing both a realistic model of real deployments of wireless/optical integration points as well as additional experiment monitoring capabilities that may not be available in real deployments. Furthermore, the toolset must be portable across testbeds to provide a consistent framework independent of the particulars of a given facility. FUTEBOL will also provide open access to the developed tools, through methods such as those defined by the Fed4FIRE project.