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Fed4FIRE+ tutorial @ EuCNC

June 8, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Hands-on Tutorial on Fed4FIRE Testbeds and Openwifi

The first part of the tutorial will focus on using Fed4FIRE+. Fed4FIRE+is the largest federation of testbeds in Europe and has also a federation with US GENI (instageni and exogeni testbeds) and US Cloudlab. With a single Fed4FIRE+ account and the jFed tool (jfed.ilabt.imec.be) you can access all those resources for experimentation. The testbeds come in different flavours, such as:

  • Wired networking/SDN/NFV testbeds
  • Wireless networking testbeds
  • 5G testbeds
  • IoT testbeds
  • Cloud and bigdata testbeds

This tutorial will show you hands-on how to use these resources. More information can be found at doc.fed4fire.eu.

The second part of the tutorial will focus on a very specific topic making use of the testbeds: openwifi. In the H2020 Orca project (www.orca-project.eu), imec has developed an open source reference stack for Wi-Fi (802.11a/g/n, 802.11ax is under development) running on software defined radios (FPGA based).
This will be demonstrated live using SDRs on a remote testbed, showing the different steps needed to use this openwifi on a Fed4FIRE+ testbeds.

More information on openwifi can be found at github.com/open-sdr/openwifi. In the openwifi roadmap imec is developing time-sensitive and MIMO features that could offer a low cost prototyping platform for supporting (i) time-sensitive networking and (ii) advanced 6G radio architectures like cell-free distributed massive MIMO.

Structure and Content:

  1. General introduction on Fed4FIRE testbeds
  2. Hands-on introduction tutorial to Fed4FIRE using the Virtual Wall testbed
  3. Openwifi introduction
  4. Openwifi demonstration on a remote testbed (w-iLab.t) and instructions how to reproduce this (using the account and tools learned in step 2.)


  • Brecht Vermeulen, imec/Ghent University, Belgium
  • Xianjun Jiao, imec/Ghent University, Belgium
  • Wei Liu, imec/Ghent University, Belgium


June 8, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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