Workshop on Federated Future Internet and Distributed Cloud Testbeds (FIDC)

co-located with 26th International Teletraffic Congress (ITC 26): September 9th-11th, 2014, Karlskrona, Sweden


  • [February 16, 2014] FIDC website up.


  • Submissions due:  May 5, 2014

  • Notification of acceptance:  May 23, 2014

  • Camera-ready papers due: June 8, 2014

  • FIDC Workshop: September 12, 2014

Key Info at-a-glance

The FIDC Workshop

Goal:  The goal of this workshop is to bring together a community that represents the multiple constituencies of Future Internet and Distributed Cloud (FIDC) testbeds, to encourage a fast-paced exchange of requirements, capabilities, and areas for future research.

Synopsis:  FIDC testbeds, such as GENI in the US and FED4FIRE in the EU are increasingly providing venues for innovative work by researchers, application developers, and educators. While FIDC testbeds may be built on a number of underlying technologies, they share the primary capabilities of slicing (virtualized end-to-end configurations of computing, networking, and storage resources) and deep programmability (experimenter programmability of all resources from low level hardware to standard higher level constructs to virtualized components). A particularly central technology is Software-Defined Networking (SDN), which is used to construct per-application and per-experiment virtual networks, and is also used to intelligently steer traffic throughout the virtual network/cloud environment. Indeed, the defining feature of both the Future Internet and Distributed Clouds is that the network is allocated, managed, and programmed by the experimenter/application developer, just as is the case today with computation and storage. Many of the concepts explored in FIDC testbeds overlap with, and contribute to, operational foundations for academic, commercial, and scientific network/cloud practice today. In particular, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) anticipates the need to site virtual machines strategically throughout the network, and use SDN technologies to intelligently steer traffic between them and between these service VMs and the end customer. The use of distributed virtual machines interconnected with SDNs, the foundational technologies of operational distributed clouds, are also precisely the technologies required to build FIDC testbeds. Wireless and mobile testbeds are an important class of FIDC testbeds. They are used both in the wide area, to experiment with mobile applications and wide-area sensor networks, and in laboratory testbeds, to investigate local applications and services such as precise location identification.

Future Internet and Distributed Cloud (FIDC) testbeds are gaining global traction, with support from a growing international community. For a variety of practical reasons, testbed developers are increasingly turning to federated designs as a strategy to achieve scale while controlling cost and administrative effort. Federated testbeds rely on a web of trust relationships, uniting the key testbed stakeholders: infrastructure providers, testbed developers, and research / educational users. Several national-scale FIDC testbeds are employing a federation approach to their development and deployment. In addition, a number of these national testbeds are entering into collaborative efforts to create a worldwide, federated infrastructure that facilitates transcontinental FIDC research.

Scope:  This workshop will address the research and educational opportunities, capabilities and supporting technologies of FIDC testbeds. Accordingly, we seek research papers and experience reports in the following areas (1) Applications of FIDC testbeds in research, applications, network infrastructure, and education. E.g., experiment designs and results in networking, distributed computing, cloud computing, and data intensive computational science; network function virtualization; long-lived deployments of novel applications; FIDC testbed-supported computer science curriculum and classroom experiences. (2) FIDC testbed technologies. E.g., software and designs for resource management; federated trust and policy management; experiment and application design, management, and control; virtualization techniques; software-defined networking advances; significant testbed deployments. (3) Federation. E.g., software and design for federation of independently managed national and international testbed resources; challenges and experiences of federated FIDC experimentation; common API for control plane and data plane federation. (4) Wireless, Mobile and Sensor Testbeds, with particular emphasis on mobile applications, smart distributed physical infrastructures and integration with wired FIDC testbeds. (5) Global experimental infrastructure of the future. Large-scale systems and experiments which exploit the use of Distributed Clouds on a global basis, and the construction of global networks to support next-generation FIDC experiments.  

Call for Papers: The full call for papers can be found here: FDIC '14 Call for Papers


  • Mark Berman, GENI Project Office, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA

  • Chip Elliott, GENI Project Office, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA

  • Lawrence Landweber, BBN/GPO and University of Wisconsin, USA

  • Rick McGeer, US Ignite and the Communication and Design Group, USA

  • Stefan Schmid, TU Berlin & T-Labs, Germany

Technical Program Committee

Name Affiliation
Rick McGeer (Chair) US Ignite and CDG SAP America
Ilya Baldine RENCI
Nick Bastin Barnstomer Softworks
Andy Bavier Princeton
Mark Berman BBN/GPO
Jack Brassil HP Labs
Mauro Campanella GEANT/GARR
Justin Cappos NYU
Jiann-Liang Chen National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Chip Elliott BBN/GPO
Serge Fdida UPMC
James Kempf Ericsson Labs
Dongkyun Kim Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information
Larry Landweber BBN/GPO
Alberto Leon-Garcia University of Toronto
Te-Lung Liu National Applied Research Labs, Taiwan
Joe Mambretti Northwestern
Paul Mueller TU-Kaiserslautern
Hausi Muller University of Victoria
Aki Nakao University of Tokyo
Max Ott NICT Australia
Marcin Paprzycki Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Thierry Parmentelat INRIA
Glenn Ricart US Ignite
Stefan Schmid TU Berlin & T-Labs
Michael Stanton RNP Brazil
Brecht Vermuelen iMinds/Ghent University, Belgium
Michael Zink University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Submission and Information

Submissions are single-blind and should not exceed 6 letter size (8.5 x 11) pages including figures, tables and references using the IEEE format for conference proceedings (print area of 6-1/2 inches (16.51 cm) wide by 8-7/8 inches (22.51 cm) high, two-column format with a 3/8 inch (0.81 cm) space between them, single-spaced 10-point Times fully justified text). Submitted papers must represent original unpublished research that is not currently under review for any other conference or journal. Papers not following these guidelines will be rejected without review and further action may be taken, including (but not limited to) notifications sent to the heads of the institutions of the authors and sponsors of the conference.

For an accepted paper, at least one author must attend the workshop.

Submission is through the FIDC HotCRP website