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Success for the Futebol Project

Futebol final review meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil in May 2019.

24 May 2019

The High Performance Networks Research Group at the University of Bristol contributed to the deployment of facilities in Europe and Brazil to access the external experimenters for experimentation that requires integration of wireless and optical technologies in its most recent successfully completed H2020 project collaboration, Futebol (Federated Union of Telecommunications Research Facilities for an EU-Brazil Open Laboratory).

The Goal

The main goal of FUTEBOL was to develop and deploy research infrastructure and an associated control framework for experimentation in Europe and Brazil, that enables experimental research at the convergence point between optical and wireless networks. Great progress has been made in the past few years on the development of federated telecommunications research infrastructure in Europe, through the Fed4FIRE program. More recently, the FIBRE project enabled optical fiber interconnection of research facilities in Europe and Brazil.

The needs of future telecommunication systems, be it from high data rate applications in smart mobile devices, machine-type communications and the Internet of things(IoT), or backhaul requirements brought about from cell densification, require the co-design of the wireless access and the optical backhaul and backbone. FUTEBOL was aimed at developing a converged control framework for experimentation on wireless and optical networks and to deploy this framework infederated research facilities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Objectives: Interconnected facilities between Europe and Brazil

To deploy facilities in Europe and Brazil that can be accessed by external experimenters for experimentation that requires integration of wireless and optical technologies. 

  • Three testbeds in Europe and three testbeds in Brazil were enabled for use by external experimenters working on research topics dealing with the convergence of wireless and optical networks.
  • The testbeds provided the resources using the functionality created in the Fed4FIRE project.

The FUTEBOL control framework allowed experimenters to easily reserve and deploy complex experiments along with multiple network domains, including resources from testbeds in Europe and Brazil. The combination of all the layers that comprise the FUTEBOL control framework provided to the experimenter the control over multiple network domains, and from physical infrastructure to service management.

FUTEBOL project resulted in creating a sustainable ecosystem of collaborative research and industrial/academic partnerships between Brazil and Europe, engaging with industry research using the optical/wireless facilities and outreach materials for a broad audience interested in experimental issues in wireless and optical networks.


The High Performance Networks Research Group at the University of Bristol has worked to provide:

  • An Application-based network operations (ABNO) Orchestrator, located at Bristol side, to provisioning an optical-packet path and computing resources through a meshed optical and OpenFlow network. Moreover, UnivBris has aggregated the control of a wireless optical network at Trinity College Dublin. The optical-wireless software-defined network (SDN) controller at Trinity College Dublin coordinates the capacity adaptation between the base-band unit (BBU), the remote radio head (RRH), and the PON and spectrum reuse across multiple adjacent cells.

  • Created optical-wireless-cloud in a federated environment that also is providing intercontinental connectivity between Europe and Brazil. Using these capabilities, the UnivBris has involved in those experiments:  i) the Main demo about demand streaming of a football match from Brazil to Bristol using the convergence of optical, wireless and MEC virtualization technologies and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; ii) SDN-controlled multi-cell resource allocation in converged LTE-over-PON and optical-packet-cloud environments between Bristol and Trinity College Dublin.


  • FUTEBOL Control Framework: Enabling Experimentation in Convergent Optical, Wireless, and Cloud Infrastructures (IEEE Communication Magazine 2019).
  • Coordinated fibre and wireless spectrum allocation in SDN-controlled wireless-optical-cloud converged architecture (Submitted to ECOC 2019).
  • RDNA: Residue-Defined Networking Architecture Enabling Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Datacenters (IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 1473–1487, Dec. 2018).
  • Optical and wireless network convergence in 5G systems – an experimental approach (IEEE 23rd International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling and Design of Communication Links and Networks, 2018).
  • When optical networks meet wireless systems: experiments at the boundary, (IEEE Photonics in Switching and Computing 2018, United States, 2018).
  • Programmable residues defined networks for edge data centres ( 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, 2017).
  • How can emerging applications benefit from EaaS in open programmable infrastructures? (IEEE Summer School on Smart Cities, 2017).
  • Demonstration of NFV content delivery using SDN-enabled virtual infrastructures (Optical Fiber Communication Conference, OSA, 2017).
  • Softening up the network for scientific applications. Parallel, Distributed, and Network-Based Processing (PDP),( 25th IEEE Euromicro International Conference 2016).

Further information

The High Performance Networks (HPN) Research Group at the Smart Internet Lab is led by Professor Reza Nejabati.  It specialises in the research of new hardware and software technologies, protocols and algorithms for high-speed, low latency, autonomous and programable networks.  The Group's work addresses the demands of the future network-based internet services in both fundamental academic research and industrial applications.

The Smart Internet Lab is a unique interdisciplinary research hub, combining more than 200 digital experts from around the world.  It aims to address key limitations of the current internet system, improving scalability, lowering latency and increasing bandwidth.  The Lab provides a holistic approach to hardware and software co-design, solving critical problems in the global internet evolution, addressing grand societal and industrial challenges, and to meet continuing cultural demand for improved technological infrastructure and performance.

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