Deliverable D4.1. Initial Testbed Configuration

A third public deliverable 'Initial Testbed Configuration' is available for download. In RECAP, a testbed provides the necessary infrastructure to perform any of the following tasks: (a) run the use cases, (b) operate the RECAP infrastructure, (c) run simulations, and (d) gather monitoring data. This deliverable addresses the initial configuration and installation of the project's three testbeds that provide the necessary infrastructure for the upcoming integration, benchmarks and validation. This document describes the available testbeds, their purpose, their hardware and software set-up, and their usage conditions.

All three testbeds address the main requirements defined earlier in the project by the different use cases: (i) support for virtualisation; (ii) a multi-location set-up to mimic the core and edge data centres; (iii) monitoring support for the infrastructure; (iv) power control over the testbed hardware.

The UULM testbed is a use case agnostic testbed. It provides a generic IaaS OpenStack interface together with monitoring support for the infrastructure. The testbed spans two physical locations. The first one with powerful server hardware and massive storage represents the cloud part of today's infrastructures. The other location with smaller and fewer hardware represents the edge location. The cloud-like location also provides power control for the hardware. The testbed provides sufficient resources to run the RECAP infrastructure as well as all use cases. In particular, it is suited for Use Case B 'Big Data Analytics Engine' and Use Case C 'Edge/Fog Computing for Smart Cities'.

The TIETO testbed is specifically tailored to Use Case A 'Network and Infrastructure Management'. The testbed represents a subset of a telecommunication system and is used in a lab environment for telecom-oriented scenarios. It allows developing and optimizing solutions for end-to-end telecommunication infrastructure services in emerging 5G mobile networks, as well as better solutions for industry verticals dependent on the communication services. The testbed is used to evaluate the capabilities of a common physical infrastructure spanning over vertical regions of software defined infrastructure. In particular, it emulates the characteristics of end-to-end communication and content services for different categories of horizontal content services (network slices) with different Quality-of-Service requirements.

BT runs a Research Platform data centre that is used to support its own and collaborative research projects. BT's Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) research makes use of this facility. The BT NFV Lab has dedicated and shared resources in the Research Platform. These resources are specifically tailored to use cases D.1 and D.2, 'Virtual CDN' and 'Cloud Connect Intelligence' respectively.

As such, this document provides a description of the capabilities of the available testbeds with respect to both hardware and software, but also the access policies and the restrictions imposed on them. Furthermore, the update strategy of each testbed is discussed. Consequently, this document serves as an agreement between testbed providers and their users on how the testbeds can and should be used throughout the project lifetime.


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