Projects and Cases

Besides serving as an experimentation platform for R&D and performance evaluation for SMEs, companies and PhD research, the iLab.t technology centre was and is being used is a core asset in multiple national and international projects.  Below is a list of selected project references.


Use and further development of iLab.t infrastructure - European Projects

  • Fed4FIRE aims to deliver a common federation framework for Future Internet Research and Experimentation facilities that will be widely adopted by different communities (experimentation facilities, experimenters, academia, industry), support powerful experiment lifecycle management (including tools for discovery and reservation, experiment control, measurements), and support key aspects of trustworthiness.
  • BonFIRE BonFIRE designs, builds and operates a multi-site Cloud prototype FIRE facility to support research across applications, services and systems at all stages of the R&D lifecycle, targeting the services research community on Future Internet.  The Virtual Wall is one of the facilities in the BonFIRE cloud, providing support for experiments with a need for a fully controllable network environment in terms of packet loss, link bandwidth and delay.
  • CREW (Cognitive Radio Experimentation World). The w-iLab.t is one of the core testbeds in the CREW federation.  Among other things, the w-iLab.t test environment is used to create reproducible interference environments modelled according to the typical use of wireless networks at different locations, such as a home or an office. As such, the performance of cognitive networking solutions can be repeatedly tested against the same profile of background interference.
  • OFELIA (OpenFlow in Europe: Linking Infrastructure and Applications). The OFELIA project creates an experimental facility that allows researchers to not only experiment “on” a test network but also to control and extend the network itself in a precise and dynamic way, using OpenFlow networking technology. Both the Virtual Wall and the w-iLab.t are part of the OFELIA facilities.
  • OpenLAB OpenLab brings together the essential ingredients for an open, general purpose and sustainable large scale shared experimental facility. As part of OpenLab, the w-iLab.t is extended with a mobile set-up. The OpenLab facilities are made available to experimenters proposing innovative experiments.
  • Evarilos investigates RF-localization approaches in RF-interfered environements.  The w-iLab.t is used as one of the reference test environments, and is used, among other things, to generate reproducible interference.


Use in European research projects (selection)

  • SPITFIRE  (Semantic-Service Provisioning for the Internet of Things). The w-iLab.t is used to evaluate the implementation and usage of embedded web service technology based on the IETF CoAP protocol that is currently being specified. Novel solutions for facilitating sensor deployment, discovery and access are being designed and evaluated. In addition, sensor data collected by w-iLab.t is made available to external partners as embedded web services. 
  • SPARC  (SPlit ARchitecture Carrier grade networks). The SPARC project studies carrier grade extensions to split architectures including OAM, restoration and reliability, network virtualization, and resource isolation in order to open up carrier networks to the benefits of split architectures. The iLab.t Virtual Wall is used to prototype carrier class applications of OpenFlow and to evaluate their scalability and performance.
  • OCEAN (Open ContEnt Aware Networks) OCEAN aims to find solutions to the imminent problem of multimedia content traffic clogging up the future aggregation networks, when offering high-quality online video over the Internet. The OCEAN architecture defines light-weight signalling protocols and includes innovative and self-learning components for caching and congestion control. These building blocks are evaluated through extensive simulations, large-scale network emulations on the iLab.t Virtual Wall and a real-life field trial.
  • EULER  (Experimental UpdateLess Evolutive Routing).  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. iLab.t is used for the prototyping, functional validation and performance measurements of the routing protocols.
  • ECODE  (Experimental COgnitive Distributed Engine). The iLab.t Virtual Wall testbed facility was used in two phases of the project. In a first phase, several machine-learning driven solutions for optimizing the routing system were experimentally validated. These solutions addressed, amongst others, the detection of intrusions in the network, an increased recovery time of routing failures through learning and the detection of misbehaving TCP stacks. In a second phase, several of these solutions were integrated into one machine learning engine which was deployed on top of a standard routing system to form a cognitive routing system. Both the integration and the experimental validation was done on the iLab.t Virtual Wall by each of the partners in the project.
  • CONSERN  (COoperative aNd Self growing Energy awaRe Networks) aims at developing and validating a novel paradigm of dedicated, purpose-driven small scale wireless networks that are characterized by energy awareness and service-centric evolution. Within this context, w-iLab.t is used to implement and experimentally measure the power savings that can be achieved by different cooperative mechanisms in heterogeneous network environments. Such mechanisms include for example detection and avoidance of interference, and collaboration of co-located networks.
  • FORGE studies how to use FIRE platforms for online education.  The iLab.t facilities are one of the prominent testing environments that can be accessed directly from the e-books.


Use in national research projects (selection)

  • DEUS (Design and Easy Use of wireless Services): The Wi-Fi interfaces of the w-iLab.t testbed were used to optimize and verify the performance of an auto-configuration protocol for wireless mesh networks, proving the automatic set-up and configuration of a secure large-scale wireless mesh network in seconds. Furthermore, the sensor nodes of w-iLab.t were extensively used to optimize the functionality of an indoor positioning solution, before deploying this localisation solution in a trial at Vooruit arts centre.
  • MoCo (Monitoring of Containers): Within the MoCo project, a smart container monitoring architecture has been developed and implemented consisting of small, cheap, lightweight monitoring devices using different wireless technologies (UMTS/GPRS and IEEE 802.15.4 sensor technology). In order to reduce energy consumption and data traffic, novel solutions (modular MAC, gateway selection, data aggregation,…) using direct communication between 3D stacked containers have been designed and evaluated on w-iLab.t.
  • SymbioNets (Symbiotic Networks): within the SymbioNets project networking solutions and service enablers are developed to support advanced cross-layer/cross-network cooperation between independent co-located wired & wireless, homogeneous & heterogeneous networks.  w-iLab.t is used to experimentally evaluate the network performance of novel cognitive networking protocols that cross multiple networks and multiple technologies such as Wi-Fi, 802.15.4. The availability of automated benchmarking solutions and heterogeneous communication technologies in w-iLab.t are unique key features to enable this type of research.


Use by SMEs and industry

The iLab.t facilities are increasingly used by SMEs and industry. Due to NDAs, no information can be shared at this moment.