The UK programmable fixed and mobile internet infrastructure: overview, capabilities and use cases deployment

Hamada Alshaer, Navdeep Uniyal, Konstantinos Katsaros, Konstantinos Antonakoglou, Steven Simpson, Hanaa Abumarshoud, Hamid Falaki, Paul McCherry, Charalampos Rotsos, Toktam Mahmoodi, Reza Nejabati, Dritan Kaleshi, David Hutchison, Harald Haas, Dimitra Simeonidou

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Leading state-of-the-art research facilities at the Universities of Edinburgh (UoE), Bristol (UoB), Lancaster (UoLan), King's College London (KCL) and Digital Catapult (DCAT) are interconnected through a dedicated JISC/JANET network infrastructure. Using Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) technologies, these distributed test-beds are integrated using a multi-domain NFV Orchestrator. This paper introduces a novel specialist distributed test-bed developed for facilitating the increasingly large and complex experimentation of future Internet system architectures, technologies, services, and applications between the geographically dispersed laboratories across the UK. The aim is to enable students, researchers, and enterprises to interconnect with and carry out remote experiments using these test-beds. Each one contributes a range of key capabilities for Internet research including optical
networks, optical wireless and radio frequency communications, Internet of Things (IoT), SDN, NFV, as well as cloud computing technologies and services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175398-175411
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020


  • software-dened networking
  • network function virtualisation
  • NFV orchestration
  • scheduling
  • ICT test-bed
  • management and network orchestration


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