EU-China Testbeds Federation Workshop

The EU-China FIRE workshop on testbeds federation was successfully organised on January 13-15, 2015 in Beijing, China.

This three-day event featured:
• A Fed4FIRE tutorial on Day 1 and Day 2, giving a general introduction to the Fed4FIRE initiative and providing in-depth information on the participating testbeds;
• A workshop on Day 3, to discuss standards and tools for federation, and EU-China testbeds cooperation.

This event brought together more than 40 attendees from the Chinese and European Future Internet test beds research community who shared test facilities, connected together and ran experimentations at larger scale.

The workshop proceedings are available for download here below.

Concept & objectives

All countries understand the need to set up test beds to support their research and this is particular true in the very broad range of Future Internet research. As testbeds are expensive and can be limited in scope, it is important to combine forces and present all possibilities for experimenting to researchers; either offering a broad range of technologies that a single test bed cannot offer, or creating a large scale environment that all test beds together can provide. There are today worldwide techniques to federate test beds and in particular from the US with their GENI concept, or from the EU with the FIRE portfolio of testbeds and the specific Fed4FIRE project focusing on federation

The goal of this workshop was to bring together EU-China test beds using worldwide federation techniques so that researchers from both the EU and China could share test facilities; connecting them together provides even a broader possibility of experimentation and at a larger scale.

While there is a national move towards CENI, Chinese testbeds might not be aware of the federation techniques used in the EU and US. This objective of this workshop was to organise a 2-day tutorial to understand such techniques (i), to discuss in an open workshop on the 3rd day how Chinese testbeds can use, or not, such techniques (ii) and to discuss ways of cooperation and plan to move forward (iii).

January 13-14, 2015 - Fed4FIRE Tutorial Days "How to use worldwide federation techniques"

Innovative service and application development is boosted by having access to large scale testbed infrastructures. The Fed4FIRE project opens up Europe’s most pioneering pilot and testbed facilities to SMEs for early trials and experiments of their products and services. Fed4FIRE adds a new dimension to the development cycle. It offers unique opportunities especially for SMEs that now can profit from experimentation facilities all over Europe.

The Fed4FIRE Tutorial Days gave a general introduction to the Fed4FIRE initiative and provided in-depth information on the participating test beds. The event was directed towards experimenters and testbed providers. However, participation was open to interested 3rd parties, especially SMEs that wanted to learn more on how they can profit from Fed4FIRE facilities.

JAN. 13 - Fed4FIRE Tutorial Day 1 (Room KUNLUN on 1st floor (2层昆仑厅))

09:00-10:30 Overview of the Fed4FIRE Architecture - Brecht Vermeulen

10:30-10:40 Coffee Break

10:40-11:40 Introduction of Fed4FIRE API (GENI AM v3) - Brecht Vermeulen
11:40-12:10 Introduction of RSpec: Resource Description- Brecht Vermeulen

12:10-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 How to Set up Connectivity Between Testbeds- Brecht Vermeulen
14:00-14:30 Monitoring of the Federation - Brecht Vermeulen
14:30-15:15 Overview of Fed4FIRE Testbeds - Brecht Vermeulen
15:15-15:30 Federation Models- Brecht Vermeulen

15:30-15:50 Coffee Break

15:50-16:50 Specific Demonstrations: Openflow/ Wireless Testbed/ Connectivity- Brecht Vermeulen


JAN. 14 - Fed4FIRE Tutorial Day 2 (Room KUNLUN on 1st floor (2层昆仑厅))

09:00-10:30 Basic setup account and tools Brecht Vermeulen- Brecht Vermeulen

10:30-10:40 Coffee Break

10:40-12:10 Tutorial on using physical and virtual machine- Brecht Vermeulen

12:10-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Tutorial on Openflow-Brecht Vermeulen
15:00-16:30 Tutorial on Wireless and Mobile Robot Testbed- Brecht Vermeulen


Proceedings: Fed4FIRE Tutorial (PDF)Brecht Vermeulen, iMinds

January 15, 2015 - EU-China Testbeds Federation Workshop

The objective of the EU-China Testbeds Federation Workshop was to understand the status of standards and tools for federation, in particular the global approaches supported by EU FIRE (Fed4FIRE). Discussion included how China could also use the same approach and thereby federate with EU experimental platforms, and on cooperation between EU and China on test beds. Several test beds in China benefited to understand how to federate using worldwide techniques such as promoted by the EU Fed4FIRE project.

JAN. 15 - EU-China Testbeds Federation Workshop (Room  Mount TAI on 1st floor (2层泰山厅))

09:00-09:30 Introduction of FIRE programme and interest to federate - Martin Potts, Coordinator of EU-China FIRE Project
09:30-10:00 Fed4FIRE: the EU federation case (PDF) - Brecht Vermeulen
10:00-10:30 CENI and EU-China Testbeds Federation Cases by Adopting SFA Tool s (PDF) - Rongfei Zeng, Institute of Computing Technology, CAS

10:30-10:40 Coffee Break

10:40-11:10 IPv6 Research & Testbeds in BUPT (PDF) - Prof. Ma Yan, Professor of Network Technology Research Institute & Director of Information Center, BUPT
11:10-11:40 FINE - Future network INnovation Environment (PDF) - Prof. Jun Bi, Tsinghua University

11:40-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:30 PDTN Testbeds in CATR (PDF) - Ms. Jie Zhang, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology
13:30-14:00 Research on key Technologies of Immersive Media Networking (PDF) - Prof. Jinyao Yan Communication University of China, Beijing
14:00-14:30 Industrial wireless sensor networks based on decoupling of control and data paradigm (PDF) - Prof. Dong Yang, Beijing Jiatong University
14:30-15:00 IIU Platform by Adopting Dragonlab Testbed (PDF) - Yu Tao, Vice Secretary, Internet Innovation Union
15:00-15:30 Huawei Future Internet Product and Solution (PDF) - Dr. Xuesong Gao, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

15:30-15:45 Coffee Break

15:45-16:30 Overall discussion:
Status of federation in China
How to join wide federation: GENI-FIRE-CENI
Future collaboration opportunities and actions - Moderator: Martin Potts


Have a look at the participants list.

Photo gallery

Have a look at the photos taken during the event in the picture gallery.


The EU-China Tesbeds Federation Workshop was organised at the Vision Hotel in Beijing, China.

NO.39, Xueyuan Road,
Haidian District,
Beijing, China

Tel: 0086-10-62308899

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