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FLAVIA - FLexible Architecture for Virtualizable wireless future Internet Access

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  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 25/08/2010
  • RISULTATO

Wireless networks importance for the Future Internet is raising at a fast pace as mobile devices increasingly become its entry point. However, today's wireless networks are unable to rapidly adapt to evolving contexts and service needs due to their rigid architectural design.

We believe that the wireless Internet's inability to keep up with innovation directly stems from its reliance on the traditional layer-based Internet abstraction. Especially, the Link Layer interface appears way too abstracted from the actual wireless access and coordination needs. FLAVIA fosters a paradigm shift towards the Future Wireless Internet: from pre-designed link services to programmable link processors. The key concept is to expose flexible programmable interfaces enabling service customization and performance optimization through software-based exploitation of low-level operations and control primitives, e.g., transmission timing, frame customization and processing, spectrum and channel management, power control, etc.

FLAVIA's approach is based on three main pillars: i) lower the interface between hardware-dependent layers and upper layers, ii) apply a hierarchical decomposition of the MAC/PHY layer functionalities, and iii) open programmable interfaces at different abstraction levels. To prove the viability of this new architectural vision, FLAVIA will prototype its concept on two wireless technologies currently available, 802.11 and 802.16, representing today's two main radio resource allocation philosophies: contention-based and scheduled. Moreover, FLAVIA will assess the applicability of the proposed architecture concepts to the emerging 3GPP standards.

FLAVIA's concept will allow boosting innovation and reducing the cost of network upgrades. Operators, manufacturers, network designers, emerging third-party solution developers, and even spontaneous end users, will be able to easily and rapidly optimize and upgrade the wireless network operation, quickly prototype and test their new protocols, and adapt the wireless access operation to emerging scenarios or service needs.


Start date: 2010-07-01
End date: 2013-06-30

Duration: 36 months

Project Reference: 257263

Project cost: 5.71 million euro
Project Funding: 3.65 million euro

Subprogramme Area: ICT-2009.1.1 The Network of the Future
Contract type: Collaborative project (generic)


Coordinatore: CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE TELECOMUNICAZIONI - Paola MAGRI (Ms.)

Altri Partecipanti

  • ALVARION LTD. - ISRAEL
  • SEQUANS COMMUNICATIONS SA - FRANCE
  • FUNDACION IMDEA NETWORKS - SPAIN
  • INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES IITP - RUSSIAN FEDERATION
  • MOBIMESH SRL-ADVANCED NETWORK SOLUTIONS AND PRODUCTS-SPIN OFF DEL POLITECNICO DI MILANO - ITALY
  • BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV - ISRAEL
  • NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND MAYNOOTH - IRELAND
  • TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA - SPAIN
  • NEC EUROPE LTD - UNITED KINGDOM
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-ICT : TECNOLOGIE DELL’INFORMAZIONE E DELLA COMUNICAZIONE: priorità tematica 3 nell'ambito del programma specifico “Cooperazione” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea