Two new partners, three new islands, many new research areas through the first Open Call

Posted by on 12 September 2011 | 0 Comments

Since August 1, the OFELIA consortium has two new partners: CNIT and CREATE-NET, both from Italy, joined the project.

The partners came in through the Open Call for extension that closed end of March and will remain with us to the end of the project. Two proposals (out of 21) were selected by independent reviewers, both extending the project, but in different directions.

In the sub-project VeRTIGO (the new OFELIA work package WP8), the FlowVisor tool will be empowered with native Network Virtualization capabilities in order to provide enhanced flexibility in the setup of logical topologies. VeRTIGO will build on top of the previous experience obtained by the proposers with the implementation of a preliminary version of such an architecture (called ADVisor). In particular two different slicing mechanisms will be proposed and their performance benchmarked on both an OFELIA island as well as on the new OFELIA island in Trento, a facility that will be customized according to OFELIA project guidelines and integrated into OFELIA’s federated testbed itself. The overall VeRTIGO architecture will integrate with the OFELIA control framework to allow users to create virtual topologies within all OFELIA islands.

VeRTIGO will be implemented by the new partner CREATE-NET (more information on the new partners below).

The second sub-project EXOTIC (new work package WP9) aims at enhancing OFELIA by introducing addressing and routing solutions to support

Content-centric Networking (CCN) functionality, extending the typology of experiments that can be run on OFELIA, with focus on CCN functionality and applications. CCN is a new networking paradigm in which the network layer provides users with contents, instead of providing communication channels between hosts, and is aware of such contents.

EXOTIC establishes a strong trait d’union between OFELIA and a running FP7 project named CONVERGENCE ( improving scope and quality of the experimentation that CONVERGENCE can perform over the OFELIA facility and the take-up of the feedback provided by CONVERGENCE within OFELIA. CONVERGENCE is designing a content-centric, publish-subscribe service model, based on a common container for any kind of digital data and will implement real-world tests.

As an additional contribution the new partner CNIT increases the physical extension of the OFELIA facility by adding two more islands in Italy, one in Rome and one in Catania.


Information about the new partners:

CNIT (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni, is a non-profit Association, bringing together 37 major Italian Universities. The main purpose of the Consortium is to foster research activity and provide networking support to specific projects in telecommunications. CNIT has been (and is currently) involved in a large number of research projects in all fields of telecommunications, funded by national and international public and private organizations which it manages through Research Units staffed by personnel from universities participating in the Consortium. Within OFELIA, CNIT’s participation will be managed by the networking research group of Università di Roma – Tor Vergata (, led by Prof. Nicola Blefari Melazzi.

CREATE-NET ( is an independent multi-disciplinary research centre, founded in Trento (Italy) in 2003. CREATE-NET is or has been involved in 22 European projects, 8 FP6-IST ones and 14 FP7-ICT ones. CREATE-NET has been coordinator of FP6-FET BIONETS IP, FP6 ONE STREP, FP6 SAMBA STREP and FP7 MONARCA STREP projects. Research lines pursued at CREATE-NET in the recent years resulted in both baseline theoretical research and applied or industrial research. Within OFELIA, CREATE-NET's participation will be managed by the Engineering and Fast Prototyping (ENGINE) group led by Dr. Elio Salvadori.