Current Projects

  • Description

    SMARTxAC is a project carried out under a collaboration agreement between the Advanced Broadband Communications Center (CCABA) of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Supercomputing Center of Catalonia (CESCA).
    SMARTxAC aims to develop and deploy a passive measurement infrastructure and a real-time analysis system for high-speed links. Currently, SMARTxAC is being used for capturing and analyzing the traffic of the Anella Científica (Scientific Ring). The Anella Científica is the name of the Catalan R&D Network, which is managed by CESCA and connects about 50 Universities and Research Centers in Catalonia.
    The tapped link is built from a pair of GigE links (one for each traffic direction) that connect the Anella Científica to RedIRIS (Spanish R&D network) and to the global Internet. Current traffic volume on this link is about 600 Mbps and it is increasing day after day, so that data collection is facilitated by an Endace DAG 4.3GE measurement card. Full-traffic analysis at full-line rate is performed in real-time using the SMARTxAC analysis software developed at the Advanced Broadband Communications Center (CCABA) of the UPC.
    A three hours GPS-synchronized and anonymized IP header trace was captured for the NLANR/PMA project in February 2004 using the capture point and collection platform in the Anella Científica. This data set was published and can be downloaded at CESCA-I section of NLANR/PMA website.


    Duration

    undefined (since 2003)


    Participants

    UPC, CESCA


    More Info

    Project Website: http://www.cba.upc.edu/smartxac

  • Description

    The main objective of PASITO project is to provide a communication platform between universities and research centers from, and outside Spain to lay the foundations of a collaborative frame to develop their investigations. The platform has been developed over the Rediris infrastructure but separating the experimental from the production network. This separation allow PASITO partners to test new technologies without affecting the production services. Nowadays the PASITO platform interconnect fifteen research centers and universities over all Spain.


    Duration

    18 month


    Participants

    RedIRIS, UPC, I2CAT, CESCA, UPV, UM, UGR, CICA, UAM, UC3M, IMDEA, UPM, UVIGO, CESGA, EHU, I2BASK


    More Info

    Project Website: http://www.rediris.es/proyectos/pasito/

  • Description

    The CBA research group is member of the Spanish Observatory for IPv6 deployment


    Duration

    Jun 2009 - Jun 2012?


    More Info

    Project Website: http://wiki.rediris.es/observatorio_ipv6/Portada

  • Description

    STRONGEST’s main goal is to design and demonstrate an evolutionary ultra-high capacity multilayer transport network, based on optimized integration of Optical and Packet nodes, and equipped with a multi-domain, multi-technology control plane, overcoming the problems of current networks that still provide limited scalability, are not cost-effective and do not properly guarantee end-to-end quality of service. STRONGEST is an industry led project; the consortium brings together major European industrial players, leading Telecom operators, Universities and Research Centres and as such, it enables the necessary synergies and creates an ideal environment for innovation and development. The European scale of the project is made necessary by the development of a new reality in which countries and federations are immensely and inextricably linked. To have a common view at European level is essential to apply the project’s outcomes. A major impact from STRONGEST will be to strengthen the position of European industry in the field of Future Internet and to reinforce European leadership in optical networks technologies. The design of a more efficient transport network with reduced cost per bit and the particular attention to energy efficiency will turn into benefit to the entire Community.


    Duration

    36 months


    Contract number

    INFSO-ICT 247674


    More Info

    Project Website: http://www.ict-strongest.eu

  • Description

    The EULER project is a 3-year STREP Project targeting Challenge 1 "Technologies and systems architectures for the Future Internet" of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project scope lies within the Objective ICT-2009.1.6 part b: “Future Internet experimentally-driven research”. The main objective of the EULER exploratory research project is to investigate new routing paradigms so as to design, develop, and validate experimentally a distributed and dynamic routing scheme suitable for the future Internet and its evolution. The resulting routing scheme(s) is/are intended to address the fundamental limits of current stretch-1 shortest-path routing in terms of routing table scalability but also topology and policy dynamics (perform efficiently under dynamic network conditions). Therefore, this project will investigate trade-offs between routing table size (to enhance scalability), routing scheme stretch (to ensure routing quality) and communication cost (to efficiently and timely react to various failures). The driving idea of this research project is to make use of the structural and statistical properties of the Internet topology (some of which are hidden) as well as the stability and convergence properties of the Internet policy in order to specialize the design of a distributed routing scheme known to perform efficiently under dynamic network and policy conditions when these properties are met. The project will develop new models and tools to exhaustively analyse the Internet topology, to accurately and reliably measure its properties, and to precisely characterize its evolution. These models, that will better reflect the network and its policy dynamics, will be used to derive useful properties and metrics for the routing schemes and provide relevant experimental scenarios. The project will develop appropriate tools to evaluate the performance of the proposed routing schemes on large-scale topologies (order of 10k nodes). Prototype of the routing protocols as well as their functional validation and performance benchmarking on the iLAB experimental facility and/or virtual experimental facilities such as PlanetLab/OneLab will allow validating under realistic conditions the overall behaviour of the proposed routing schemes.


    Duration

    36 months


    Participants

    Alcatel-Lucent Bell (ALB), Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT), Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), Université Pierre Marie Curie (UPMC), Research Academic Computer Technology Institute (RACTI), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and University of Girona (UdG)


    Contract number

    258307


    More Info

    Project Website: http://euler-fire-project.eu/

  • Description

    The main objective of the project "Efficient measurement of advanced networks" (METRA) is the development of a monitoring system and traffic classification of massive internet, able to obtain measurements of real-time usage and predict transported applications for each data connection, with high accuracy and with low computational cost, by means of a number of learning algorithms. The developed platform will be deployed in CESCA, who will handle installation and provide the necessary support for its proper functioning. Furthermore, METRA perform traffic monitoring of the "Anella Científica", which will test and validate the optimal operation of the platform.


    Duration

    30 months


    Participants

    Tecsidel, TCP, CCABA-UPC and CESCA


    Contract number

    IPT-2011-1079-370000

  • Description

    Network monitoring is of paramount importance to both network operators and researchers, to the point that it has recently become a major research area. However, network monitoring still suffers from fundamental problems that leave its rigorousness behind more traditional research fields, such as other experimental disciplines within physics or biology. Most scientific works in the field of network monitoring are evaluated using private, undisclosed data sets. Nevertheless, disclosure of experimental data is a basic principle of the scientific method that enables experiment reproducibility, independent validation and cross-comparison of research results. For this reason, we think that the credibility of research works in this area overly relies on the scientific community bona fide. Our initial hypothesis is that two fundamental barriers have to be overcome in order to increase the rigorousness of this scientific area. First, the mere acquisition of reference data sets is extremely challenging from a technological viewpoint due to the ever-increasing network speeds. Second, sociological reasons discourage their publication, primarily due to privacy concerns. Both the technological and sociological barriers are currently perceived to be insurmountable, which prevents the use of common data sets in scientific works and impedes experiment reproducibility. The main objective of this project is to investigate the fundamental research challenges associated to these two barriers. On the one hand, this project will explore novel network monitoring and traffic measurement techniques in order to address the technological difficulties. Main topics of research in this direction will include complex resource management techniques, such as load shedding and distribution, traffic sampling and specialized streaming algorithms for traffic processing and analysis. On the other hand, this project will propose a novel data sharing paradigm that overcomes the sociological barriers. The research carried out in this project will result in a completely novel evaluation framework for network monitoring research based on what we call the “code-to-the-data” model. This model will enable reproducibility, validation and comparison of scientific works without requiring full disclosure of traffic data sets, thus avoiding most privacy concerns involved in dataset publication. Ultimately, the new monitoring and data sharing paradigm resulting from this project will provide a realistic solution to set the use of common data sets as a standard requirement for scientific publication, as it is in other research areas.


    Duration

    36 months


    Participants

    UPC, EPO: Tecsidel, CESCA


    Contract number

    TEC2011-27474

  • Description

    Mobility is unnatural to today’s Internet architecture, primarily due to overloaded IP address semantics. Several schemes address this issue by decoupling the location of an endpoint from its identity. Such location/identity separation inherently provides services fundamental to the future Internet including seamless mobility, multihoming, and traffic engineering. Of the various location/identity separation schemes, the Location/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) (proposed by Cisco Systems Inc., and under standardization at IETF) has a unique position: LISP is incrementally deployable, it does not require changes to transport/application implementations, and it is already under active deployment (see http://www.lisp4.net). Basically, LISP proposes two different types of addresses: Endpoint Identifiers (EIDs) and Routing Locators (RLOCs). EIDs identify hosts, and are assigned independently of the network topology while RLOCs identify network attachment points, and are used for routing. This allows EIDs to remain unchanged even if a topological change, such as a handover, occurs. Thus, LISP’s innate support for location/identity separation makes LISP well suited for mobility. Indeed, the LISP mobility protocol (LISP-MN) has been recently proposed. LISP-MN offers many advantages in front of traditional mobility schemes such as Mobile IP. On the one hand LISP´s separation of control and data planes avoids mobility provider lock-in, and LISP-MN clients can freely roam among providers (usually ISPs). On the other hand, LISP-MN provides native support for multihoming, load balancing and route optimization, this are important aspects for the future mobile clients. However and traditionally, the Internet architecture has evolved independently of cellular networks (3GPP). Nowadays these cellular networks are converging to an all-IP network, and their new architecture must be gracefully accommodated in the future Internet architecture. This imposes a set of important challenges. In this context, we expect that LISP-MN will play a crucial role. LISP-MN provides a higher level of mobility (at the network layer) and mobile clients can freely roam across providers. The main objectives of the NAME project are (i) Research coherent architectures for the future converged cellular and Internet networks and (ii) Research and design advanced services such as content distribution and live streaming for LISP-MN.


    Duration

    36 months


    Participants

    CTTC SYMBIOSYS TEC2011-29700-C02-01 - UPC NAME TEC2011-29700-C02-02 - EPO: CISCO, CESCA


    Contract number

    TEC2011-29700-C02-02


    More Info

    Project Website: http://www.cba.upc.edu/name

  • Description

    The main objective of the LIGHTNESS project is the design, implementation and experimental evaluation of a high-performance network infrastructure for data centres, where innovative photonic switching and transmission solutions are deployed. Harnessing the power of optics will enable data centres to effectively cope with the unprecedented demand growth to be faced in the near future, which will be driven by the increasing popularity of computing and storage server-side applications in the society. Indeed, the deployment of optical transmission systems leveraging Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) allows the transmission of more than a hundred of wavelength channels operating at 10, 40, 100 Gb/s and beyond. This effectively results in “unlimited” bandwidth capacities of multiple Terabit/s per fibre link, which can be efficiently utilized through next-generation all-optical switching paradigms like Optical Circuit Switching (OCS) or Optical Packet Switching (OPS). In this context, LIGHTNESS will join efforts towards the demonstration of a high-performance all-optical hybrid data plane for data centre networks, combining both OCS and OPS equipment to implement transport services tailored to the specific applications’ throughput and latency requirements. To this goal, an OPS node suitable for intra- data centre connectivity services will be developed and prototyped during the project, together with an enhanced Top of the Rack (TOR) switch seamlessly connecting servers in each rack to the hybrid OCS/OPS inter-cluster network. As an additional achievement of LIGHTNESS, the OCS/OPS inter-cluster network will be empowered with a network control plane able to dynamically provision flexible connectivity services in the hybrid OCS/OPS data centre network. Such a control plane will also be developed and prototyped for integration in the final LIGHTNESS demo throughout the project.


    Duration

    36


    Contract number

    FP7-318606

  • Description

    PRISTINE intends to: 1) Design, develop and implement the innovative internals of the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA) clean-slate architecture that include the programmable functions for: security of content and application processes, supporting QoS and congestion control in aggregated levels, providing protection and resilience, facilitating more efficient topological routing, and multi-layer management for handling configuration, performance and security. 2) Demonstrate the applicability and benefits of this approach and its built-in functions in use-cases driven by the end-users, service providers and equipment vendors in the consortium. This will ensure that the applications and tools we develop will be deployable by providers, and have a greater potential for future exploitation.


    Duration

    30 month


    Participants

    CCABA, i2Cat


    Contract number

    FP7-619305

  • Description

    COSIGN proposes a new DC architecture empowered by advanced optical technologies and will demonstrate novel solutions capable of sustaining the growing resource and operational demands of next generation DC Networks. COSIGN aims to move away from today's vendor specific, manually controlled, performance and scale limited DCs towards scalable DC solutions able to support future-proof dynamic, ondemand, low-latency, energy efficient and ultra-high bandwidth DC solutions.


    Duration

    36 month


    Participants

    CCABA


    Contract number

    FP7-619572