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  1. 1. Network Investigation and Innovation Report 2008
  2. 2. Index 1. Presentation 04 4. Main 2008 Activities 12 6. Projects 26 2. Introduction 06 4.1. Research 14 6.1. Research Area 27 TRILOGY 27 3.Organizational Structure 08 4.2. Innovation 15 INTERNET DEL FUTUR 28 SANVI-SENS 29 3.1. The Board 09 4.3. Project financing with 17 SEGUR@ 30 competitive funds UBI-nETRICAT 31 3.2. The Delegates Committee 10 MOB-ETRICAT 32 4.4. International collaboration and 18 3.3. Directorship and Staff 10 presence 6.2 Innovation Area 33 Network Technologies Cluster 33 3.4. Clusters 11 4.5. Involvement in initiatives in order 19 FEDERICA 33 to promote the technological ARGIA 34 development in Catalonia IAAS FRAMEWORK 34 MANTICORE II 35 4.6. Promotional and Dissemination 20 PHOSPHORUS 36 Activities DREAMS 37 CHRONOS 38 4.7. i2CAT in the Media 21 Assessoria al desplegament 38 de la Xarxa Oberta de la Generalitat de Catalunya 5. Platforms 22 PIT-CAT 39 DICOBI 39 5.1. Network Platform, NOC 24 HPDMNET 40 LOCALRET 40 5.2. Audio-visual Platform, 25 GLIF 41 MEDIACAT ARENALIFE 41
  4. 4. 1. Presentation i2CAT’s team is comprised of (from left to right): Last row: Carlos Baez, Josep Pons, Xavier Barrera, Jordi Ferrer, David González, Joan Antoni Garcia, Jandro Berna, Dani Rodríguez. Second row: Antonio Santoyo, Carme Dengra, Susana Otero, Albert Domingo, Jaume Benseny, Joan Carles Castro, Sergi Fernández, Pedro Lorente,Vicent Borja, Sergi Mari, Eduard Grasa, Fco. Javier Iglesias. First row: Flaminio Minerva, Josep Maria Colomé, Xavier Peiró, Sebastià Sallent, Joan Manel Martín, Albert Vidal, Sergi Figuerola.
  5. 5. 5 Report 2008 Josep Casanovas, President of the Delegates Com. Artur Serra, Direction Assistant Xavier Peiró, Executive Director Sebastià Sallent, Director i2CAT has intensely developed its research, development participation of more than 65 companies and 14 research In the next years, i2CAT wants to continue promoting the and innovation activities in the field of ICT and the Future groups of the universities integrated in i2CAT’s board, research and the collaborative innovation in the field of Internet throughout 2008. The projects carried out have highlights the vitality of the entity and the huge promotion of Internet together with the different agents and institutions, made possible the expansion of the collaboration between the innovation of the ICT sector. The activity, locally (with the both at a local and international level, with similar purposes the companies and the research groups, both from the companies and the Catalan public administration) as well and aimed to contribute to the transference of knowledge Foundation itself and the Universities. Furthermore, they have as globally, has been large and there has been important and the promotion of the development of the ICT sector of also promoted a new model of Open innovation which international projects with the main research centres in the our country. involves the implication of the users in the innovation field of Internet from USA, Canada, EU and Korea. Finally, procedures from its very beginning. there has also been a close collaboration with the public administration in innovative and strategic projects for the During this year, in which we have been affected by the technological development of Catalonia. credit crunch, there have been several signs regarding the importance of an innovation aimed to create new products, The research in the fields of Optical Networks, P2P, Sensor services and activities which enable a new and more Networks, Virtualization, High Definition Services and New sustainable development based on activities with a high Models of Network Innovation has borne important fruits and level of specialisation whose objective is a global market with has also enabled the different innovation areas of the a high level of competence. In this framework, the research Foundation to apply their results to a great amount of and innovation in the ICT sector, and especially Internet -the projects carried out together with companies and institutions. field in which i2CAT focuses its activity- is essential for the development of a productive and strategic network for the During 2008, there was also the creation of a new technology country. transference and product commercialisation area, which will enable to value in a faster and more efficient way the The significant growth of i2CAT throughout 2008, which was performed developments and will facilitate the relation close to 20%, and its implication in several projects both at between the companies in the field of the transference of Jordi Bosch i Garcia national, European and international level with the the technology and the knowledge. President of the Board
  6. 6. 2. Introduction “During 2008, i2CAT car- ried out a lot of activities as well as research and inno- vation projects in collabora- tion with companies and university research groups, aimed to promote the inno- vation and to contribute to the technological develop- ment of Catalonia”
  7. 7. 7 Report 2008 Throughout 2008, the i2CAT Foundation has clearly main- definition media services, network management, access Participation in standardization international forums as tained a positive growth tendency, standing out the raise and transport optical technologies, mobility and sensors, well as in national and European R+D platforms. regarding the research and innovation activities and the and high capacity P2P architectures. number of projects carried out together with the companies Promotion of the diffusion activities regarding the and the different departments of the Administration. Inititation of the research project UBI-nETRICAT and developed projects and the results of the reseach and MOBETRICAT on mobility and sensors networks with ETRI the innovation. Concerning the research field, there has been a continuous (Korea) and different Spanish and Korean companies. promotion of the collaboration and the execution of Promoting the Sectorial Rings of broadband infraes- projects with other international research projects. It is worth Promotion of the activities aimed to carry out innovation tructures which enable the sector dynamization (Anella pointing out the beginning of the development of the sensor projects with city councils and towns. Cultural, Anella Industrial). and mobility network projects with ETRI of Korea. Development of 53 innovation projects with different Balance the financial sources of i2CAT Foundation by During 2008, there has been a significant increase regarding companies and entities of the public Administration, increasing the revenues coming from competitive funds the dissemination activities of the obtained results in the among those that stand out: 5 European projects, 4 and service charges. different developed projects. The main activities carried Cenit projects and international projects developed were the following ones: together with Canada, Korea and USA. Promotion of the Health, Dependence and Education clusters with the increase of the number of projects and Adaptation of the members of the Board with the Assist and give continuity to the different I+D+i coope- the full-time incorporation of the responsible for the incorporation of the Ajuntament de Barcelon (Barcelona ration agreements with research centres and national Education cluster. City Council) and the leave of the Fundació Catalana and international companies (Standford Univ., EVL, Univ. per a la Recerca i la Innovació (Catalan Foundation for of Illinois, CRC Canada, ETRI and KAIST from Korea). Improvement and expansion of the support platform Research and Innovation). towards the innovation and research projects, Promotion of the products commercialisation by in- MediaCAT and NOC, by promoting its international Development of the research project called Trilogy creasing the trade agreements with different com- connectivity and the participation in new projects. (2007-2009), based on five different work areas: high- panies and entities.
  8. 8. 3. Organizational Structure The Delegates Committee of i2CAT, from left to right: Above: Carles Salvadó, Guillermo Cajigas, Francisco Ro- dríguez, Xavier Martí, Miquel Oliver, Xavier Peiró, Antoni Comerma, Andreu Huerta, Francisco Javier Marcos, Silvia Blanco. Below: Sebastià Sallent, Josep Casanovas, Gonçal Bon- homme, Artur Serra.
  9. 9. 9 Report 2008 Throughout 2008 there were two main changes in the Board (Abertis Telecom) Al-Pi, Catalana de Comunicacions SOX Furthermore, we have proceeded to modify the statutes of the Foundation. On the one hand, the Ajuntament of Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals Mediapro incorporating the following variations in the statutory text: Barcelona (Barcelona City Council) became a new Alcatel España, S.A. Fujitsu España Services, S.A. Servei member. On the other hand, the Catalan Foundation for Català de la Salut Vodafone España, S.A. Cisco Modifying the references of the FCRI. Research and Innovation left i2CAT due to guideline chan- Systems, S.A. Centre de Telecomunicacions i Tecnologies ges that progressively limit its presence in organs of entities de la Informació de la Generalitat de Catalunya (CTTI) Granting independence to the statutes from possible which normally do not take part in collaborative activities. Interoute Iberia, S.A. Cromosoma, S.A. Ajuntament de organizational modifications of the Generalitat. Barcelona 3.1 THE BOARD Increasing the number of members of the Board The Directorship had conversations with the different proposed by the companies and institutions that will The entities which take part in the Board of the foundation companies in order to analyze the possibility of their participate with the Foundation. up to December, 31st, 2008 are the following ones: incorporation in the Board, with the goal of promoting the participation of new companies in the Foundation. It is worth All these modifications have been protocolized, communi- Secretaria de Telecomunicacions i Societat de la Informació pointing out the following ones: Juniper Networks cated and approved by the Registre de Fundacions de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya CIDEM, ACC1Ó Telefónica I+D Generalitat de Catalunya (Register of Foundations of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra Universitat Ramon Llull Tradia Catalan Government).
  10. 10. 10 3.2 The Delegates Committee 3.3 Directorship and Staff 2 people for the development of the European project FEDERICA. The government agency of the Foundation is the Delegates Following the same increasing activity line as well as the Committee. It is in charge of carrying out the entity projects carried out in the Foundation framework, during 1 person to support the coordinador of the Network administration functions and monitors the activities 2008 new personnel has been hired in order to develop the Technologies cluster. developed by the Foundation Directorship. projects: 1 person for the development of the Cenit SEGURA The Committee has participated in the analysis of the main 2 people for the Sensors and mobility projects. project. action guidelines. It is worth highlighting the following ones: 2 people for the Health and Dependence Cluster. However, the collaboration with research groups and the Definition of the tractor projects proposed to the number of researchers who collaborate with the Foundation Administration. 1 person for the coordination of the e-Education cluster. has increased. Monitoring of the projects which are currently being EVOLUTION OF THE i2CAT FOUNDATION RESEARCH PERSONNEL carried out. TOTAL 82 TOTAL 89 TOTAL 93 TOTAL 103 Approval of the proposal regarding the Program 80 Contract. 60 68 70 72 73 Definition and guidelines of the 2008 project budget. 40 20 30 This Committee meets twice per month. It is currently chaired 19 21 0 14 by the vice-chancellor of the UPC, Mr. Josep Casanovas Garcia. The vice-president, Mr. Josué Sallent, is the director 2005 2006 2007 2008 of the STSI. i2CAT's own personnel Collaborating Personnel
  11. 11. 11 Report 2008 3.4 CLUSTERS platforms by increasing the efficiency and optimizing the The foundation’s organizational structure did not make any resources. modification throughout 2008. This is showed in the following The most important activities concerning the clusters are the diagram: following ones: Continuation of the activities in the Network Technolo- gies and Audiovisual clusters, with more than 20 active Expansion of the activities in the Health Cluster with the projects of national, European and international scope. incorporation of dependence activities by modifying the name in order to formally include the two fields of performance. THE BOARD Remarkable increase of the activities in the Health and Dependence Cluster, with 13 active projects at the end The Delegates Committee of 2008 and new proposals currently being studied. Promotion of the e-Education Cluster, whose site is Administration Executive Committee Technical Management placed at Citilab of Cornellà de Llobregat, with the incorporation and exclusive dedication of the responsible for the cluster and the increase of the number of projects in early stage. Audio-visual Health Education Network Network Research Cluster Cluster Cluster Technologies Technologies Area Reorganization of the Audiovisual Cluster with the goal of Cluster developing more ambitious projects. Improvement of the organization of the project support Technological Platform
  12. 12. 4. Main 2008 activities “Anella Cultural is one of the most emblematic projects of the year.This new broadband plat- form has provided the simulta- neous and live distribution of cultural events in different cen- tres of Catalonia, facilitating and promoting the decentralization and accessibility in cultural events from different places of the Catalan geography”
  13. 13. 13 Report 2008 The research and innovation activities throughout 2008, in the During 2008, i2CAT’s different activities and developed COMPANIES COLLABORATING ON THE PROJECTS different i2CATS’ areas of activities, have experienced an projects contributed to the technological development of important increase despite the credit crunch which, even Catalonia as well as the promotion of innovation between though it has received a low impact, it has also had a the companies of the sector. 70 significant effect on the ICT sector. 67 Concerning the field of social projects oriented to ICT which 60 The research projects have been developed according to enable to improve the quality of live to people with disabilities 61 the scheduled plan and the innovation projects developed or to improve the formation of people throughout their work in collaboration with the different companies and entities history, projects which are part of the Health and Depen- 50 have experienced an important increase concerning the dence clusters as well as the ones from the Education clusters volume and thickness of i2CAT’s participation in the which have experienced a highly positive evolution and the 40 45 implementation of the projects. increase of the activities of both clusters has been very significant. 40 The research carried out on Optical Networks, P2P, Sensor 30 Networks, Virtualization and High Definition has enabled The collaborations with the other innovation and research important challenges which have facilitated the subsequent centres and the integration of local entities in the CatLab development of innovation projects based on the obtained project have enabled the initation of the development of the 20 results in the research activities. The Trilogy and ETRICAT concept “Open Innovation” with the participation of the users projects, the latter carried out together with a Korean in the innovation process from the very beginning of the 10 Research Centre, have facilitated the introduction to the project. new technologies which could be used in local companies. 0 2005 2006 2007 2008
  14. 14. 14 4.1 RESEARCH The area of network management is dedicated to the Participation and preparation of international research network virtualization, based on the improvement and project proposals, mainly in the 7th Framework Throughout 2008, some steps were taken regarding the introduction of new facilities of UCLP: Programme. implementation of the TRILOGY project, which started in October 2007 and ended in March 2009. During this year, Designing and understanding UCLP at a link (2) and Participation in the different standardization bodies (IEEE, most of the planned research activities have been carried network (3) level and GRID environment. IETF, ISO). out. Therefore, they represent some great steps forward, which have been presented in several congresses and Introducing new provision facilities with security and Participation in different technological platforms both at scientific journals It is thought that this project’s final results availability. an European and state level. will definitely have an effect on the different innovation projects based on the developed technologies. Enlarge the international pilot. SIGNED AGREEMENTS AIMED TO THE IMPLEMENTA- TION OF INNOVATION AND RESEARCH PROJECTS Similarly to the TRILOGY project, there are two reasearch The main objectives achieved are the following ones: 70 areas which are managed by the Foundation staff. 73 Around 40 publications in journals and international 60 62 Development of the high definition contents aimed to: conferences. 50 Propose new protocols to transmit high definition Cooperation agreements and research activities at an 40 45 contents, digital cinema, and 3D in IP in a multicast international level with Stanford (USA), KAIST (Korea), CRV 30 34 mode both by diffusion and video conference. (Canada), EVL (USA), Cannarie (Canada), ITRI (Taiwan), among others. 20 Build mechanisms of high-resolution content visuali- 10 zation. Agreements with the three Departments of the Generalitat regarding the development of the applied 0 Build international pilot settings. research projects. 2005 2006 2007 2008
  15. 15. 15 Report 2008 4.2 INNOVATION that i2CAT has achieved an important funding from National funds, CIDEM calls: 9 other departments of Generalitat de Catalunya, such as 9 presented projects / 8 endorsed projects Last year, 2008, represented the year of expansion regarding Culture and Media or Industry ones, City Councils and the activities and the innovation projects in all the clusters. It other entities like “La Fundació la Caixa”. E-HEALTH, PIT-CAT, HDVIPER, NUSIS II, DREAMS, VKM, was also the start of the expansion in the e-Education cluster. DIONIS, SECUREHEALTH, URGENTLOGIC. During 2008, and organizative adaptation in the e- Regarding the innovation projects, there has been a Education cluster (currently located in Citilab, Cornellà) was participation of 15 research university groups and more State funds, calls from the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and carried out. than 60 companies and entities. Trade, PLAN AVANZA: 18 It is worth pointing out the following activities developed Throughout 2008, there was a continuation of the FACTORIA DIGITAL DE TALENTS, ARENA, FURIA I, FURIA II, throughout the year: extensive use of the support platforms towards the AGEDA, LIVINGLABS4CARERS, e-PI, e-TURISME, projects and the 10 Gbytes international connection INFOPOINTSNET, INFOPOINTSLIVE, NUSIS II, MEDIA The number of accomplished innovation projects in 2008 available with the GLIF which enable the development MANAGER, UAMNII, DREAMS, ENIGMA III, HOSPISEGUR, was 28. The number of projects in progress is 49, of important research and innovation projects at an NPSS, LINKCARE. compared to the 43 of 2007. The number of projects on European and international level. analysis stage during is 18. CENIT Programme: 4 Among the accomplished projects, it is worth highlighting There was a balance concerning the number of a project called Tele-ictus which was carried out in the VISION, I3MEDIA, INREDIS, SEGUR@. developed projects in each cluster: Network framework of the Health and Dependence clusters and Technologies 20, Audio-visual 23 clusters, Health and it was actually awarded in the Bdigital congress. European funds, VI/VII Framework Programme: 6 Dependence 13, Education 12 and Industry 2. Concerning the participation in competitive calls, the PHOSPHORUS, FEDERICA, HDVIPER, DRMSOLUTION, VEP, Regarding the type of funding, it has to be taken into relation of projects that have received support are the COLLABS. account that national (9), state (18) and European (6) following ones: competitive funds have been obtained. It is worth noting
  17. 17. 17 Report 2008 4.3 PROJECT FINANCING WITH COMPETITIVE FUNDS It is worth pointing out that 60% of the obtained funds were The upturn of the billing services to companies and entities is acquired in 2007 calls. Furthermore, the percentage of motivated for the participation in different high-scale Cenit Throughout 2008, there has been an important increase of granted projects of the total presented decreased projects and for the orientation in taking part in the projects the financing obtained with competitive funds and billing considerably in 2008 calls. Concerning the billing services, as subcontractors instead of doing it as collaborative services. there was a significant upturn with regard to 2007. The participants. total amount exceeds 1,000,000 euros, which represents Developed actions an increase of more than 40% regarding 2007. Submission of proposals in different calls at national, state and European level. The obtained funds among the PROJECTS DEVELOPED WITH COMPETITIVE FUNDS different submitted forms in 2007 and 2008 for projects in order to be carried out last year were 918,259 euros, which 25 represents an increase by 69’8% regarding the ones obtained in 2007. 20 22 23 The obtained funds in each call have been the following 15 ones: 10 10 European Union: 343, 370 euros 5 6 Plan Avanza MITYC: 439, 020 euros CIDEM: 135, 869 euros 0 2005 2006 2007 2008
  18. 18. 18 4.4 COLLABORATION AND PRESENCE AT AN Participation in Terena congress by presenting different Participation in the ISO/IEC JTC of “Future Networks” and INTERNATIONAL LEVEL international projects. the creation of a national group via AENOR. The link with the organizations and the European and Continuity of the cooperation agreeement with ETRI international research groups has been kept and reinforced (Korea) for the development of UBI nETRICAT and MOB- in order to: ETRICAT projects. Enlargement of the relation with the international Cooperation agreeements with the CRC (Canada). research centres, by reaching cooperation agreements for the research personnel exchange and the Participation in the European platforms NEM, Foton21 development of joint projects. and LivingLabs as well as international platforms such as GLIF and CINEGRID. Increase of the participation in European research projects and the participation in standardization and Enlargement of the 10 Gbytes international connection research committees. through Red Iris and Geant. The most important milestones achieved in 2008 in the field Participation in the ICT-KIK (European Institute of of collaboration and presences at an international level Innovation and Technology). were the following ones: Participation in the CONTINUA Alliance of certification “Demonstration of the Phosphorus project results during the ICT Congress 2008, Collaboration agreement with Juniper for the and endorsement of the ICT solution applications to held in Lyon (France), from the 25th until the 27th of November”. development of the Manticore-OpenSphere framework. health and dependence. Collaboration with the IEE’s 802,21 standardization Integration in the Telemanagement Forum. committee in the Plenary Meeting.
  19. 19. 19 Report 2008 4.5. PARTICIPATION IN INITIATIVES AIMED AT PROMOTING Continuity of the collaboration with the CTTI (the Center Collaboration with the Centre de Vida Independent TECNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT IN CATALONIA of the Telecommunications and Information Tecnologies (Center for Independent Life) in order to apply the TIC to of the Generalitat) the home. One of the cornerstones of i2CAT’s strategy has always been the cooperation with the different bodies of the Generalitat Development of digitalization projects of the Cultural Development of innovation projects together with (the govern institution of Catalonia) and other competent Heritage in collaboration with the Cultural and Audiovi- different Councils (Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Cornellà, entities which form part of our nation. This is intended to sual Media. Viladecans and Sabadell) create strategies which enforce the research activity, the innovation and the industrial sector and which are based on the evolution and the new Internet generation. The most relevant actions fulfilled are: Development of the collaboration agreement with ETRI of Korea. Development of the CATLab project with the STSI (the Telecommunication and Information Society Secretariat of the Generalitat). Elaboration of the White Book of the Future Internet. Establishment of a collaboration framework with the TIC Center depending on the CIDEM (the Center for Innova- tion and Business Development of the Generalitat)
  20. 20. 20 4.6 PROMOTIONAL AND DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES Participation in the national congress of the Red EVOLUTION OF THE PUBLICATIONS CARRIED Nacional de Pesquisas in Rio de Janeiro. 26th and 27th of OUT FROM 2005 UNTIL 2008 During these months, the Foundation has carried out a wide May. range of activities, in order to disseminate the goals and the 25 results of the innovation and research projects, as well as Participation in the European Mobile Summit. 10th- 12th 26 round tables regarding the different aspects of the Internet of June. technology. 20 Collaboration with the e-NEM Assembly. 21 These have been the most remarkable activities: Presentation of the different papers in the NEM Summit 15 Participation in the Mobile World Congress 2008 (11th- 2008. 13th – 15th of October. 14th of February), by presenting the Living Labs project 10 and the sensor networks developments. Participation in the Aslan Fair. 28th – 29th of October. 10 7 Conferences about TDT in Catalonia. 28th of February. Red Iris Conference. 20th of November. 5 Conferences regarding the optical technology in Conference on TV in Catalonia. 26th of November. 0 Vilanova i la Geltrú. 11th-14 of March. Diffusion of the Sabadell Ciutat de la Música project in 2005 2006 2007 2008 Bdigital (IGC 08) in Barcelona. 19th- 22nd of May. Valencia. 5th of December. Mercat Audiovisual de Catalunya. Granollers. 25th – 26th II Spanish Audiovisual Clusters Forum in Bilbao. 11th of of April. December.
  21. 21. 21 Report 2008 4.7 i2CAT IN THE MEDIA AVUI EL PAIS
  22. 22. 5. Platforms “The technological platforms of i2CAT are essential for the testing and development of research and innovation projects.These platforms consist of an experimental infra- structure of 50 km of optical fiber, a latest generation commutation and transmission equipment and an advanced multimedia laboratory which enables the processing in dif- ferent formats and codifications of the video signal”.
  23. 23. 23 People in charge: Report 2008 Vicent Borja David González Throughout 2008, the network (NOC) and media In 2008, there was an achievement regarding the (MediaCAT) platforms increased its services and values: reinforcement of the network platform which enables the deployment and management of a layer of high-definition Consolidation of the network capacity and connectivity audiovisual services (videoconference and diffusion) in rates to 10 Gbps. up to Gbps: Consolidation of the optical transport technologies and with international scope; the IP access level network, understanding the operability and flexibility of the NOC. with multiservice and multiuser capacity; Introduction of new technologies of virtualization and open to new protocols and flexible for new experiments; server management systems in order to increase the service benefits and meet the demand of the project ready to endure new high-definition audiovisual resources. applications and to give an added value to the projects of the Foundation. Introduction of a communication platform of SIP telephony and H.323. Improvement of the high-definition content visualization environment, with international connectivity.
  24. 24. 24 5.1 NETWORK PLATFORM, NOC Used and/or available technologies Metro-Ethernet, MPLS & GMPLS, ROADM, UCLP, DWDM, SDH, OBS. Improvements throughout 2008 Update and enlargement of the network core (backbone) to 10 Gbps with new equipment. Improvement and optimization of NOC’s physical space for machines with a new rack especially for servers. Implementation of a network monitoring server system. Introduction of a cluster of servers for the implementation of virtualized machines.
  25. 25. 25 Report 2008 5.2 AUDIO-VISUAL PLATFORM, MEDIACAT Used and/or available technologies HDTV, HDVTS, SIP, HD-SDI, MPEG-x, VoIP, VoD, videocon- ference H.323 and Flash, P2P, Web Services and SAGE. Improvements throughout 2008 Integration of the different audiovisual services of the platform through suitable signaling protocols (SIP, WebServices) with P2P architectures. Creation of a telephony platform through SIP, assisted by H.323 and other protocols. Improvements of the infrastructures and services aimed to projects and demonstrations. Creation of a virtualization platform with its own mana- gement interface
  26. 26. 6. Projects Josep Maria Monguet Ricardo Sergi Torres Figuerola Josep Maria Colomé Albert Vidal Flaminio Minerva
  27. 27. 27 Report 2008 Person in charge: Albert Vidal 6.1 Research Area TRILOGY (fuTuRe Internet technoLOGY) Research groups: GCO-UPC (Gabriel Junyent), NeTS-UPF The objectives set in this project have a dual approach: on were developed in order to enable an abstraction of the (Miquel Oliver), TAM-URL (Gabriel Fernàndez), GXO- the one hand, the scientific research results such as physical network infrastructure. It also enables the users as BAMPLA-UPC (Cristina Cervelló), LCFIB-UPC (Rosa M. scientific articles and patents; on the other hand, the logical independent joint entities to manage it, with an Martín), MEDIAENTEL-BAMPLA-UPC (Jesús Alcober) and results of the development close to the innovation such as added flexibility to the network. WNG-UPC (Josep Paradells) demonstrations and prototypes. Budget: 506,028 € Duration: 01/10/2007 – 31/04/2009 Most important innovative and research elements Financing: i2CAT Participants: i2CAT, UPC, URL and UPF Regarding the Optical Networks, the main innovative elements are the improvement of the ROADM nodes and the enhancement of the control plan and other functions for Optical Burst Switching architectures. Concerning the study of the Audiovisual Live Streaming Peer-to-Peer, the Industrial and/or social benefits of the project main aim is optimizing the source codification mechanisms, together with the live video transmission This project not only develops the knowledge but the systems and the integration with P2PSIP overlays. prototypes and concept testings of technologies and Regarding Internet of Things, the aim is the optimization of protocol which will be applied in new innovation projects General description and goals the main protocols and network functions taking into in the five technologic clusters of the i2CAT Foundation. account the limitations of the nodes (processing, memory, TRILOGY is a multidisciplinary research project aimed at cost and battery). The most important steps taken on High Other important aspects five specific thematic areas: Smart Optical Networks, Quality Video Systems are the design and implementation Audiovisual Live Streaming Peer-to-Peer, Internet of things, of a capture, transmission and visualization platform of any Each of the issues developed in this project have genera- High Quality Video Systems and Infrastructure as a Service kind of audiovisual content. Finally, concerning the ted a series of articles published in several divulgative and Virtualization. Infrastructure as a Service and Virtualization, three tools activities.
  28. 28. 28 INTERNET DEL FUTUR Person in charge: Albert Vidal models are not enough; we have to set out the debate on Other important aspects Budget: N/A the new Internet based on an innovation model. Duration: 01/01/2008 – 30/06/2009 The result of this project has been the writing of several Financing: i2CAT i2CAT Foundation organized the first conference opened reports and the organization of several events. You can Participants: i2CAT to researchers, companies, administration and Internet actually find all the information on this website: users in order to think about the future of Internet at home. www.internetdelfutur.cat. This conference was focused on the discussion of the General description and goals European Commission specialists contributions and the document called “La Internet del Futur: Anàlisi retrospec- INTERNET DEL FUTUR is an exit iniciative of i2CAT tiva, reflexió i posicionament estratègic” (“The Internet of Foundation, which tries to put together the several the Future: Retrospective analysis, reflection and strategic Catalan actors related to the activities regarding Internet positioning”) devised by the Technological Committee of in order to analyze the recently network changes and its i2CAT Foundation. services and then try to put Catalonia on the map so as to face the future changes, through the elaboration of a Industrial and/or social benefits of the project joint country strategy. The results of this project are thought to cause a direct Most important innovative and research elements impact on all the actors of the Internet environment: users communities, companies offering services, organizations Internet has to be designed by everyone. In fact, the that develop technology, companies which ara contribution of Internet’s innovation model is the open consumers of the services, the public administration, innovation. Web 2.0 is the sign that traditional research among others. and innovation models of the industrial age, must start turning into others which give way to the users. Triple helix
  29. 29. 29 Report 2008 SANVI-SENS (Sensoritzation of the City) Person in charge: Albert Vidal project we have choosen the applications that, accor- Industrial and/or social benefits of the project Research Groups: WNG-UPC (Josep Paradells) ding to us, are more suitable for the urban environment of Participants: Ajuntament de Sant Viçens dels Horts Sant Vicenç dels Horts, taking into account the type of city, The SANVI-SENS project offers, both the entity that Budget: 40,000 € the requests of its citizens and the grade of technology administers the city and the citizens, a pilot test which is Duration: 01/10/2007 – 31/12/2007 innovation of each of the proposed application: autono- able to show the possibilities of the new technologies Financing: Ajuntament de Sant Viçens dels Horts mous irrigation system, monitorization of the public transport, applied to the local management, optimizing its collection of stored data, measurement of the vehicular performance. It also develops a modular experimental General description and goals traffic and automatic application form of selective collection. platform which can be easily exported and used again in other cities, both parcially or fully. This project consists of the pilot test deployment of a sensor network in the city of Sant Viçens dels Horts in order to show Other important aspects an improvement of the municipal management, as well as offering value added services to the citizens. From this This project is being considered as strategic for i2CAT to pilot test on, we will be able to develop and try new demonstrate that sensors technology is applicable to services in the future, for example the measurement urban environments, in matters of interest on the rise such systems in selective garbage containers, automatic as the Smart Cities. We are currently preparing proposals in management of irrigation systems in parks and gardens, order to pull off different derived proposals of this pilot test. measurement of the vehicular traffic or information Furthermore, this pilot test has been developed in order to services of the urban public transport. attract the companies of the sector in the town of Sant Vicenç dels Horts. Most important innovative and research elements The technology of the sensor networks applied to the cities enables an unlimited number of new solutions. In this
  30. 30. 30 SEGUR@ (Safety and Trust in the Information Society) Person in charge: Josep Paradells Most important innovative and research elements solutions in this field include specific and integrated Budget: 31 M € mechanisms for threat searches in the network and the Duration: 01/07/2007 – 31/12/2010 The studied technologies include new multiplatform implication of all the actors and its resolution. Financing: CDTI CENIT autentification mechanisms, new modalities of biometric Participants: Telefonica I+D, Alcatel-Lucent, Atos Origin, identifications, new outlines electronic signature, Caja de Ahorros de Navarra, Ericsson, Garrigues, ISDEFE, developments for the use of the e-ID card and other Panda Software, S21sec Gestión, Safelayer, Secuware, cards, new localization technologies, and mathematical Sermepa. models for several cryptographic models such as the graphic and chaotic cryptology. General description and goals Specifically, it has been defined a meta-system of identity and privacity management which incorporates different The SEGUR@ Project is aimed to generate a trust and current or future sub-systems. Moreover, we are working safety framework for the use of ICT in the e-Societat at a on the integration of semantic technologies, new models state level. There are 12 companies and 15 research for the autentification and identification processes and Industrial and/or social benefits of the project organizations from 6 autonomous regions which take part finally, a total identity, security and trust model through the in this project. creation of a super ontology which takes into account The appearance of users, data sources and source and relates all these concepts. networks which are not reliable are capable of generating, conciously or unconciously, a great range of Additionally, it has been carried out the development of damages, both the rest of reliable users and the network the systems of quick monitorization, detection and solution which offers or consume the services. This project is of problems and threats in the network based on intended to offer a security frame which supplies the collaborative performances between all the elements necessary security required at all levels, and therefore and entities that take part in this project. The reached guarantees an appropriate use of the information systems.
  31. 31. 31 Report 2008 UBI-nETRICAT (Collaborative research in Unbiquitous Sensor Networks) Person in charge: Albert Vidal General description and goals • Agriculture: monitorization and optimization of the Research groups: WNG-UPC (Josep Paradells) automatic irrigation systems. Budget: 2,700,000 € This collaborative project develops new protocols, Duration: 01/10/2008 – 30/09/2011 algorithms, configurations and adaptations which enable • Emergency Services: localization and sending of critical Funding: STSI, Orange, Departament d’Agricultura, the optimization of the sensors network technology data for police and firemen. Alimentació i Acció Rural, Departament d’Interior, performance in order that the companies which develop Relacions Institucionals i Participació, Departament de these solutions can benefit from the technology and all its • Environmental: Monitorization of environmental parame- Medi Ambient i Habitatge, CDTI KSI (Korea and Spain potential applications. ters and alarm systems for forest areas. Innovating) Participants: Orange, ETRI (Electronics and Telecommuni- Most important innovative and research elements Industrial and/or social benefits of the project cations Research Institute), Sensing&Control, ADTEL. The main objective of the UBI-nETRICAT is to develop new The results are oriented towards the development of new protocols, algorithms, configurations and/or adaptations services and products as well as seizing the advantages which enable the improvement of the performance of this offered by the ubiquitous sensor networks, obtaining a technology. In order to achieve this aim, we consider series of viability demonstration pilot test at the end of the choosing certain application fields which enable the project and in the intermediate objectives. validation of the considered technological solutions through real experiments. Furthermore, it also facilitates Other important aspects and makes the transmission of these innovations into the market possible. This project has taken into account the challenge of integrating universities, companies and public administra- After analysing the reality of the Catalan industry business, tion in the same project, together with the participation of the sensor networks technology can be applied. Korean entities which provide additional technological Consequently, it can benefit three particular sectors: value.
  32. 32. 32 MOB-ETRICAT (recerca col·laborativa en mobilitat de xarxes d’accés) Person in charge: Albert Vidal Most important innovative and research elements transparent service to the user as the access technology Research Groups: WNG-UPC (Josep Paradells) (WiFi, 3G, WiMAX and DVB-H) changes. Budget: 280,000 € MOB-ETRICAT is the consequence of the collaboration Duration: 01/01/2008 –30/09/2011 initiatives between i2CAT and ETRI, the main public Other important aspects Financing: STSI, Orange research institution in the field of ICT in South Korea. It Participants: Orange, ETRI basically consists of two activities in the mobility area The collaboration of the Korean institutions provides value between access networks: the development of a pilot test to the project due to their vast knowledge of wireless in order to demonstrate that a current mobility problem applications and technologies. Moreover, they offer the can be solved in Catalonia and that it actually develops possibility to know the reality of similar experiences in their a mobile IPTV platform which enables a continuous and country. General description and goals This project studies and develops device mobility solutions through heterogeneous networks based on the IEE 802.21 future standard or Media Independent Handover and its possible extensions or derivations. The results of this project will cause an impact on the development of services of the involved industrial partners and the other ones who might be interested in it in the future.
  33. 33. 33 Report 2008 6.2 Innovation Area Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES CLUSTER FEDERICA (Federated E-infrastructure Dedicated to European Researcher Inno- vating in Computing network Architectures) Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola which enables the management of the virtual Most important innovative and research elements Research groups: Network Technologies Cluster (Sergi environment that, consequently, facilitates the execution Figuerola) of a great range of experiments to the network • Offer an experimental infrastructure where any kind of Budget: 5,179,645 € technologies research comunities. The researchers will application can be tried out. Duration: 01/01/2008 – 30/06/2010 have a full control of the virtual nodes that belong to their Financing: European Project FP7 network partitions, apart from an access to the • The users (researchers) will have full control of their virtual Participants: GAAR (coordinator), CESNET, DFN, FCCN, information for the monitoring. Finally, this project will nodes and their network partitions (slices). GRNET, NIIF, PSNC, Res.es, SWITCH, TERENA, i2CAT, KTH, provide research information for technical discussions in ICCS, UPC, Juniper, Martel, HEAnet, DANTE, PoliTo, order to contribute to real cases and obtained results in • Allow the access to information for the monitoring. NORDUNET standardization organizations such as IETF, ITUT, OIF and Ipsphere (TMForum). Industrial and/or social benefits of the project FEDERICA gives way to important and new possible innovation areas for the Future Internet and the technological industry. These areas include: adressing and identification, network virtualization, routing and traffic General description and goals engineering, separation of data and control plans, composition and discovery of services, among others. The main aim of this project is to deploy a virtual infras- FEDERICA also enables the interaction of the researchers tructure composed of routers, network switches and with Europe and the whole world, provides contributions computers which must be versatile and scalable for the to the standardization organizations (IETF, ITU-T, OIF, TMF) researchers of the Future Internet. This infrastructure has and develops new models of business optimized for virtual been deployed on the existing substrate of the NREN and infrastructures. GEANT2. Furthermore, there’s an offer of a series of tools
  34. 34. 34 ARGIA IAAS FRAMEWORK People in charge: Sergi Figuerola, Eduard Grasa People in charge: Sergi Figuerola, Eduard Grasa Research Group: i2CAT Foundation Research Group: i2CAT Foundation Budget: 180,000 € Budget: 100,000 € Duration: 01/04/2007 – 31/12/2008 Duration: 01/07/2008 – 31/12/2009 Financing: Self-financed by each participant Financing: Self-financed by each participant Participants: i2CAT Foundation, Inocybe Technologies Inc., Communications Research Participants: i2CAT Foundation, Inocybe Technologies Inc., Communications Research Centre Centre The infrastucture as a Service is an The infrastucture as a Service (IaaS) is an emerging concept which consists in emerging concept which consists in offering the own infrastructure control offering the own infrastructure control to to third parties, and then, they pay for third parties, and then, they pay for their their use. Argia is a software tool which use. This new service is different from a enables the application of this hosting service, because users access the concept to the networks and optical control of the infrastructure through equipments (TDM, WDM and Fiber). software services available on the Through Argia, an organization can network. IaaS Framework is a free-code deploy its own optical network using modular software based on Java and equipments of other organizations OSGi which enables the design and the (infrastructure providers). The current building of IaaS solutions applicable in version of Argia is actually being used several technologies: computers, net- for IST FP7 PHOSPHORUS and HPDMnet works, sensors, applications. research projects.
  35. 35. 35 Report 2008 MANTICORE II (Making APN Network Topologies on Internet COREs) People in charge: Sergi Figuerola, Eduard Grasa Most important innovative and research elements Research Groups: Network technologies cluster. Budget: 210,000 € The support in iPv6 and protocols is improved, apart from Duration: 15/01/2009 – 30/06/2010 enabling internal or external routing protocol configu- Financing: 170,000 € ration. Furthermore, it will enable the establishment and Companies: i2CAT, HEAnet, Juniper, RedIRIS, NORDUnet, destruction of VPNS and paths with QoS. Users will be able Cisco, University of Essex to divide the physical routers into different logical routers. Besides, they will be able to visualize/edi the status of each kind or several infrastructures. Industrial and/or social benefits of the project IP network, either physical or logical. The main idea is that an infrastructure provider can give permissions to part or •It contributes to the test and results regarding the routing the entire own infrastructure to a third one, delegating the protocol standardizations. control and the management of the devices for a period of time. Then, new business models between the •It enables new business models between the services infrastructure providers and the ones from the services are providers and the infrastructure. established. This service has to be strong enough to be General description and goals used in network production by real users. In order to carry •Interoperability between the different authentication out these aims, we use the new verstion of IAAS framework and autorization infrastructures. The MANTICORE II project is developed on the satisfactory (with all the avantages provided by the new results achieved by its predecessor. This project is aimed implementation: modurability, extensibility, compatibility •It establishes a strong system which enables the creation to create a network operator and end-user service in and interoperability with the other solutions based on of logical resources in order to be deployed in a which they can customize the configuration of their own IASS). commercial network.
  36. 36. 36 PHOSPHORUS (Lambda User Controlled Infrastructure For European Research) People in charge: Joan Antoni García Espín, Sergi through multiple heterogenic domains, by interconnecting Figuerola the different advanced optical communication networks Research Groups: Network technologies cluster.(CTX) from all Europe. The project enables the transparent Budget: 5,512,00 € / i2CAT: 396,280 € interoperation between the different existing resource Duration: 01/10/2006 – 30/06/2009 provisioning systems (NRPS – Network Resource Provisioning Financing: European Union FP6: 396, 280 € System) and a new Grid-GMPLS control plan, for the Grid Participants: PSNC (Coordinator), i2CAT, FZJ, IBBT, CTI, AIT, applications and the Middleware. Furthermore, Phos- SARA, SURFnet, UniBonn, UvA, UESSEX, UWS, MCNC, LSU, phores wants to achieve the interoperability with other CRC, CESNET, FHG, Nortel, RACTI similar initiatives from all over the world, such as AutoBAHN from Géant2 or IDC from Internet2 and the compatibility with the future supply standard interfaces, such as the Network Service Interface of the Open Grid Forum. Most important innovative and research elements Grid applications, in an abstract way, and it enables us to make reservations. The project defines an architecture and all the needed interfaces which ensure the creation of end-to-end Industrial and/or social benefits of the project optical paths between different resource provisioning systems (Argia/UCLP, Argon, DRAC and GMPLS/ This project has enabled the interconnection of i2CAT’s General description and goals G2MPLS). Similarly, this project improves the great network with the main provisioning networks and systems, amount of GMPLS protocols and consequently it present in Europe and America. Phosphorus enables the Phosphorus is a European project focused on the supplying enables the management of the Grid resources directly signaling between the different domains and creates an of optical on-demand network resources (both in from the control plan (Grid-GMPLS or G2MPLS). GMPLS control plan with extensions for the absolutely immediate availability and in advance), end-to-end and Moreover, the project offers network resources to the innovative GRID.
  37. 37. Report 2008 37 DREAMS Person in charge: Carles Bock nodes. There is going to be two implementations of the Industrial and/or social benefits of the project Research groups: CTTC control plan: one based on GMPLS and another one Companies: W-onesys, Tecsidel, Al-pi, Tradia based on ARGIA (the ancient UCLP) software. Besides, DREAMS gives us an approach of the model of the future Budget: 1,148, 316, 25 € there will probably be an implementation of three telecommunications network: agile, dynamic, intelligent Duration: 01/10/2007 - 31/12/2008 ROADM nodes, creating a ring network through two fibers and reconfigurable networks. The option of the GMPLS Financing: CIDEM 2007 - 2008, PROFIT 2007 with protection and automatic restoration. control plan provides intelligence and automatism to the network, as well as optical connections in a dynamic way Most important innovative and research elements and with the required QoS. The version based on ARGIA provides a remote management of the equipments and • Development and elaboration of three ROADM nodes: the virtualization of the physical network resources, then these nodes enable the commutation of the optical any ARGIA user will be able to manage his virtualized channels through the extraction ports (drop) and the resources in order to created and adapted network to his “colorless” insertion (add) (capable of operating with requests. Thus, there is an achievement of the implentation any group of optical channels). of optical networks with reduced maintenance and management costs. • Development of GMPLS software: it will consist in pro- viding the network of an on-demand bandwidth system Other important aspects with protection. The DREAMS project will evolve in order to create a • Argia: a system which enables users to virtualize and permanent test network through the installation of General description and goals manage network resources so that several users can ROADM nodes in a scenario distributed with nodes in also operate independently and simultaneously on their different places of the metrolopitan area of Barcelona. The main objective of DREAMS project is to develop an assigned resources and without interfering in the other optical network with DWDM technology and ROADM ones.
  38. 38. 38 Projecte d’assessoria al desplegament de la Xarxa Oberta CHRONOS (Advanced Reservation Resource System) de la Generalitat de Catalunya Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola People in charge: Sergi Figuerola, Carles Bock Budget: 16,000 € Research groups: i2CAT, UPF, UPC Duration: 01/09/2007- 31/09/2008 Budget: 106,000 € Participants: i2CAT Duration: 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2008 Funding: CTTI Participants: i2CAT, CTTI The project is based on the creation of a reservation resource system, which enables the users to carry out immedia- The project is based on the advising of te and advanced reservations of these the CTTI in the selection of suitable optical resources without having to know the technology for the deployment of an network internal typology. The user just optical network (“Xarxa Oberta”) project have to indicate the two ends of the all over the country. The aim must connection, the bandwidth, the start guarantee a technologically strong and end time, and the system will take design, capable of growing with the care of finding the shortest path as well needs of the user traffic and with future as activating or deactivating the vocation. A design that, on the one connection whenever needed. The hand, uses the latest technologies which final users of Chronos are both physical are available on the market and, on the people or middelware grid. In order to other hand, gives way to enlargements activate and deactivate the connec- based on the current reserach. The tions, Chronos communicates with the project also includes the assessment of Argia system. the start of the art of the proposed solution by the different manufacturers.
  39. 39. 39 Report 2008 PIT-CAT (Punt d’intercanvi ToIP a Catalunya) DICOBI (Digital Content on Broadband Internet) Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola Research groups: i2CAT, UPF, UPC Research Groups: UPC, URL Companies: Alpi, Voztelecom, Alcatel, 22@, Tecsidel, Interoute, Cesca, i2CAT, Cesca Companies: Vodafone, i2CAT Budget: 491,000 € Budget: 55,000 € Duration: 01/2007- 04/2009 Duration: 09/2007 - 04/2008 Funding: CIDEM Financing: Vodafone, i2CAT The aim of the PIT-CAT project is The aim of this research is to analyze the different steps, functions and implicated related to the design, development technologies in the distribution of the digital content regarding the mobile networks, as and exploitation of a ToIP (ToIP well as the relations with the actors and the participants in the lifecycle of the digital neutral point) neutral exchange content. Generally, the lifecycle is divided into four main areas: production, platform between voice operators. management, distribution and consumption. It is worth pointing out that the neutral point is aimed to enable the interoperability between different VoIp platforms (SIP, H323) and codecs in order to facilitate the voice traffic exchange between private networks of VoIP operators. This voice exchange neutral point will enable the different VoIP operators to try and validate it so that they can also propose business models regarding the VoIP management.
  40. 40. 40 HPDMNET (High Performance Digital Media enabled LOCALRET NETwork) Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola Coordinator: Sergi Figuerola Budget: 16,000 € Research Groups: i2CAT Duration: 01/07/2007 – 30/12/2008 Companies: Localret Participants: i2CAT, Inocybe Technologies, Nortel, Canarie, CRC, iCAIR, UvA Budget: 5,000 € Duration: 05/2007 – 05/2008 Financing: Localret HPDMnet is an international research testbed focused in the network technologies. It was created in order to develop the first high performance and high quality international service for media digital applications that use high bandwidth. The testbed provides dynamic connections between the nodes through the This project main objective is to carry out studies and analysis in bandwidth Argia and Chronos system, and it telecommunication projects. The project, named Study of Bandwidth Scenarios, consist is deployed in several nodes in of a series of studies to be carried out by i2CAT Foundation, such as: the GLIF infrastructure in the USA, • Prepare one of the Localret BROADBAND publications (an electronic bulletin). the UE and ASIA. • Write-up of an article regarding net neutrality. • Write-up of an article which reflects the impact of the cost per user/person of the backbone network and bandwidth access deployment.