The Internet is a complex and evolving entity where any technological development, no matter how small, may have multifaceted and even unexpected consequences. Any consideration of new ways to approach the Internet from the most fundamental level simply cannot be limited to paperwork. It requires early experimentation and testing in large-scale environments, even though some of these ideas might only be implemented in the long term.

The Future Internet Research and Experimentation — FIRE — initiative is addressing this need, creating a multidisciplinary research environment for investigating and experimentally validating highly innovative and revolutionary ideas for new networking and service paradigms. FIRE is promoting the concept of experimentally driven research, combining visionary academic research with the wide-scale testing and experimentation that is required for industry. FIRE works to create a dynamic, sustainable, large-scale European experimental facility, which is constructed by gradually connecting and federating existing and upcoming testbeds for Future Internet technologies.

Ultimately, FIRE aims to provide a framework in which European research on Future Internet can flourish and establish Europe as a key player in defining Future Internet concepts globally. With a strong network focus, the first wave of FIRE projects was launched in summer 2008, with a budget of 40 million Euros and each year sees this increasing along with the scope of the projects.

For more information, please visit the FIRE web site:  http://www.ict-fire.eu/news/view/article/fire-engineering-workshop.html