OpenLab is a Net Futures success story: its principal aim was to create a federation of Future Internet testbeds, and that federation, OneLab, continues today, nearly one year after completion of the project. The federation has established an independent governance structure and plans to be sustainable in the long term and at least until 2020. The European Union’s support for OpenLab has had a multiplier effect: in addition to testbeds that received funding through the project, the OneLab federation embraces testbeds that represent approximately further 6 million euros of national funding. The federation is open and available free of charge for anyone to use with a simple signup process available through its portal at http://onelab.eu.
On December 16th, 2014, the French government, represented in person by the ministers for Europe and for higher education and research, awarded OpenLab as one of the country’s twelve “Etoiles de l’Europe” for 2014. Since the start of Horizon 2020, this award is given every year to honour innovative research projects that have reinforced the influence of France in both the European and international research communities. The award recognized OpenLab for its open, sustainable, and unique services that provide all users with easy access to large-scale experimentation on Future Internet testbeds. OpenLab’s success is illustrated through its widespread impact on European initiatives.
The federation architecture developed through OpenLab is being adopted by several further European initiatives on future Internet experimentation, such as Fed4FIRE, a project comprised of 15 European partners and two international partners. OpenLab’s architecture has also had a significant impact beyond the European research communities, notably in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Brazil. Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between the OneLab federation and the Chinese Academy of Science as well as with the Institute for Information Industry of Taiwan allow for software components developed by OpenLab to be deployed in Chinese and Taiwanese testbeds. In addition, Korean testbeds working in collaboration with European partners in the FP7 SMARTFIRE project have adopted the portal technology and federation structure developed by OpenLab. Brazilian testbeds in the FP7 FIBRE project (Future Internet testbeds experimentation Between Brazil and Europe) did the same.
OpenLab’s Net Futures exhibit will showcase the features that have made the OneLab federation a success. We will demonstrate the MySlice portal technology that combines the scalability of a decentralized overall federation architecture (any institution can operate its own portal) with the ease of use provided by centralizing, on a per-community basis, the functions of account creation, maintenance and access to the testbeds. We will also showcase the four platforms that are currently federated under OneLab, which encompass wireless, sensor and mobility testbeds; Internet overlay testbeds; and broadband access and core testbeds. These testbeds are FIT IoT-Lab, CorteXlab, NITOS-Lab, and PlanetLab Europe. Each visitor to our exhibit will be able to obtain his or her OneLab account on the spot, and use it immediately to browse and reserve resources on these testbeds, and to run simple experiments.