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Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization Testbed within FIRE+

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Project "SoftFIRE" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 4˙384˙510 €
 EC max contribution 4˙384˙510 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT))
 Code Call H2020-ICT-2015
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-02-01   to  2018-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    EIT DIGITAL BE (BRUSSEL) coordinator 2˙283˙865.00
2    ERICSSON TELECOMUNICAZIONI SPA IT (ROMA) participant 436˙590.00
5    SECURITY REPLY SRL IT (TORINO) participant 303˙750.00
6    UNIVERSITY OF SURREY UK (GUILDFORD) participant 261˙750.00
7    DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG DE (BONN) participant 178˙200.00
8    TELECOM ITALIA SPA IT (MILANO) participant 103˙746.00
9    ADS ASSEMBLY DATA SYSTEM SPA IT (POMEZIA) participant 101˙375.00


 Project objective

SoftFIRE partners are aiming at Research and Innovation actions pursuing the integration of existing experimental facilities, testbeds and laboratories into FIRE. The project focuses on new technologies like SDN and NFV in order to create a reliable, secure, interoperable and programmable experimental network infrastructure within the FIRE initiative. The Consortium will federate existing experimental testbeds in order to create an infrastructure that Third Parties can use to develop new services and applications. The federation is a step towards the creation of a new network experimental infrastructure that could be used as an initial 5G oriented platform. The SoftFIRE testbed will offer the possibility to assess and improve programmable solutions. In this environment there are three key elements to consider: programmability, interoperability and security. These properties have to be assessed in terms of efficiency, functional responsiveness and in general terms E2E QoS. The main objective of this project is to demonstrate and assess the level of maturity of adopted solutions and to show how they can support the full potential of these properties in a real world infrastructure by creating, nurturing and supporting an ecosystem of Third parties able to make use of the SoftFIRE testbed and to functionally extend it. The project aims at creating a broad ecosystem of companies engaged with the evolution of the SoftFIRE testbed. In order to achieve this goal, the project will spend a considerable part of its effort and budget for involving Third parties in the usage and consolidation of the platform. The mechanisms envisaged for this are: Open Calls and specific events (like Hackathon, Plug-tests and Challenges). The federated infrastructure will be used in order to a) develop new services and applications from Third parties, and b) develop new platform functionalities.


List of deliverables.
SoftFIRE (v1) usage manual for NFV/SDN/MEC and 5G experimenters Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:13:26
Standardization issues raised by experimentation on SoftFIRE Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:13:20
Project Final Report Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:13:20
Report on second and third Waves of experiments on the SoftFIRE test bed and Global assessment of the experimentation facilities (including Wave 2 and 3 and Challenge results) Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:13:17
Enhanced SoftFire service enablement operations and usage Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:13:17
SoftFIRE (v3) usage manual for NFV/SDN/MEC and 5G experimenters Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:13:16
Guidelines, rules and mechanisms governing the usage of the SoftFIRE Testbed Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:13:27
KPIs for evaluating and assessing the features of the Testbed Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:13:22
Sustainability Plan: Evaluation of the On-Demand Services of SoftFIRE Testbed and guidelines for Future Developments Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:13:18
Handbook: Guidelines and Rules for on-demand access to the SoftFIRE Testbed Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:13:20
Report on First Wave of experiments on the SoftFIRE testbed Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:55:28
SoftFIRE (v2) usage manual for NFV/SDN/MEC and 5G experimenters Documents, reports 2019-04-18 14:55:26

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SoftFIRE deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Carella, Giuseppe A.; Pauls, Michael; Medhat, Ahmed M. (Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany) Grebe, Lars; Magedanz, Thomas (Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin, Germany)
A Network Function Virtualization framework for Network Slicing of 5G Networks
published pages: 1-6, ISSN: , DOI:
Mobilkommunikation – Technologien und Anwendungen - 22. ITG-Fachtagung 2019-06-18
2018 Serdar Vural, Ning Wang, Paul Bucknell, Gerard Foster, Rahim Tafazolli, Julien Muller
Dynamic Preamble Subset Allocation for RAN Slicing in 5G Networks
published pages: 13015-13032, ISSN: 2169-3536, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2800661
IEEE Access 6 2019-06-18
2018 Serdar Vural, 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), University of Surrey Guildford, UK; Roberto Minerva, EIT Digital,Trento, Italy,; Giuseppe A. Carella, Ahmed M. Medhat,and Lorenzo Tomasini, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, {giuseppe.a.carella, a.hassan, lorenzo.tomasini} Simone Pizzimenti, Reply Communication Valley, Milano, Italy,; Bjoern Riemer, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin, Germany,; Umberto Stravato, RMED, Ericsson, Rome, Italy,
Performance Measurements of Network Service Deployment on a Federated and Orchestrated Virtualisation Platform for 5G Experimentation
published pages: 1-6, ISSN: , DOI:
IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks 2019-06-18
2018 Giuseppe Antonio Carella
An extensible and customizable framework for the management and orchestration of emerging software-based networks
published pages: 1 - 294, ISSN: , DOI:
Technical University of Berlin, Germany 2019-06-18
2018 Bong-Hwan Oh (University of Surrey, UK); Serdar Vural (University of Surrey & Institute for Communication Systems, UK); Yogaratnam Rahulan, Ning Wang and Rahim Tafazolli (University of Surrey, UK)
Performance Evaluation of a Virtualized 5G Core Network in IndoorEnvironments
published pages: 1-6, ISSN: , DOI:
International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications 2019-06-18
2018 Jose Costa-Requena, Aapo Poutanen, Shourov Kumar Roy, Serdar Vural, George Kamel, Chris Clark
5GaaS with SDN based UPF for mobile backhaul network slicing
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2018 Shohreh Ahvar, Mohammad M Mirzaei, Jeremie Leguay, Ehsan Ahvar, Ahmed Mohamed Medhat, Noel Crespi, Roch Glitho
SET: a Simple and Effective Technique to improve cost efficiency of VNF Placement and Chaining Algorithms for Network Service Provisioning
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
IEEE Netsoft 2019-06-18
2017 David Lake, Gerry Foster, Serdar Vural, Rahulan Yogaratnam, Bong-Hwan Oh, Ning Wang, and Rahim Tafazolli,
Virtualising and Orchestrating a 5G Evolved Packet Core Network(Results and analysis)
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NetSoft 2018-05-16

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