Scientific LargeScale Infrastructure for Computing/Communication Experimental Studies – Starting Community


Today we are experiencing the digital transformation happening with an unprecedented pace, with the community constantly researching on new solutions to support this transformation with ample computational power and connectivity. Towards addressing such research efforts, Research Infrastructure (RI) specific to addressing Digital Sciences research efforts have been deployed worldwide, towards trying to address key aspects contrary to off-the-shelf commercial infrastructure:

1) Full control over the parameters of an experiment,

2) Repeatable experiments regardless of the physical infrastructure,

3) Valid experimental results, which are easy to cross-reference and replicate.

As such, several RIs have emerged, offering experimentation services with bleeding edge resources, that otherwise are only offered only in industrial R&D laboratories, with limited functionality. Towards combating these issues, SLICES Research Infrastructure is about to be deployed, aiming to provide high quality experimentation services with emerging technologies around the area of digital sciences (5G/6G, NFV, IoT and Cloud Computing), in an Internet-scale setup. With SLICES-SC, we aspire to foster the community of researchers around this ecosystem, create and strengthen necessary links with relevant industrial stakeholders for the exploitation of the infrastructure, advance existing methods for research reproducibility and experiment repeatability, and design and deploy the necessary solutions for providing SLICES-RI with an easy to access scheme for users from different disciplines. A set of detailed research activities has been designed to materialize these efforts in tools for providing transnational (remote and physical) access to the facility, as well as virtual access to the data produced over the facilities. The respective networking activities of the project aspire in fostering the community around these infrastructures, as well as open up to new disciplines and industrial stakeholders.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101008468.

Related publications

2024-01-01 Henning Stubbe, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Georg Carle, “The pos Experiment Controller: Reproducible & Portable Network Experiments,” in 2024 19th Wireless On-Demand Network Systems and Services Conference (WONS), 2024, pp. 1–8. [Pdf] [Preprint] [DOI] [Bib]
2023-12-01 Max Helm, Georg Carle, “Predicting Latency Quantiles using Network Calculus-assisted GNNs,” in Proceedings of the 2nd on Graph Neural Networking Workshop 2023, Paris, France, Dec. 2023, pp. 13–18. [Pdf] [Slides] [Rawdata] [DOI] [Bib]
2023-12-01 Patrick Sattler, Johannes Zirngibl, Mattijs Jonker, Oliver Gasser, Georg Carle, Ralph Holz, “Packed to the Brim: Investigating the Impact of Highly Responsive Prefixes on Internet-wide Measurement Campaigns,” Proc. ACM Netw., vol. 1, no. CoNEXT3, Dec. 2023. [Url] [Pdf] [Homepage] [DOI] [Bib]
2023-12-01 Markus Sosnowski, Florian Wiedner, Eric Hauser, Lion Steger, Dimitrios Schoinianakis, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Georg Carle, “The Performance of Post-Quantum TLS 1.3,” in Proc. International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT), Paris, France, Dec. 2023. [Pdf] [Preprint] [Homepage] [Recording] [DOI] [Bib]
2023-11-01 Florian Wiedner, Alexander Daichendt, Jonas Andre, Georg Carle, “Control Groups Added Latency in NFVs: An Update Needed?,” in 2023 IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks (NFV-SDN), Nov. 2023. [Pdf] [Homepage] [Bib]
2023-10-01 Max Helm, Georg Carle, “Synthesizing and Scaling WAN Topologies using Permutation-invariant Graph Generative Models,” in 19th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM 2023), Niagara Falls, Canada, Oct. 2023, p. 6. [Pdf] [Slides] [Rawdata] [Bib]
2023-10-01 Florian Wiedner, Max Helm, Alexander Daichendt, Jonas Andre, Georg Carle, “Containing Low Tail-Latencies in Packet Processing Using Lightweight Virtualization,” in 2023 35rd International Teletraffic Congress (ITC-35), Oct. 2023. [Pdf] [Homepage] [Bib]
2023-06-01 Benedikt Jaeger, Johannes Zirngibl, Marcel Kempf, Kevin Ploch, Georg Carle, “QUIC on the Highway: Evaluating Performance on High-Rate Links,” in International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Networking 2023 Conference (IFIP Networking 2023), Barcelona, Spain, Jun. 2023. [Preprint] [Rawdata] [DOI] [Bib]
2023-06-01 Henning Stubbe, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Manuel Simon, Eric Hauser, Dominik Scholz, Georg Carle, “Keeping Up to Date With P4Runtime: An Analysis of Data Plane Updates on P4 Switches,” in International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Networking 2023 Conference (IFIP Networking 2023), Barcelona, Spain, Jun. 2023, p. 9. [Pdf] [DOI] [Bib]
2023-06-01 Manuel Simon, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Georg Carle, “Never Miss Twice - Add-On-Miss Table Updates in Software Data Planes,” in KuVS Fachgespräch - Würzburg Workshop on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Next-Generation Communication Networks 2023 (WueWoWAS’23), Würzburg, Germany, Jun. 2023, p. 5. Best Workshop Contribution [Pdf] [Preprint] [Slides] [DOI] [Bib]
2023-05-01 Sebastian Gallenmüller, Serge Fdida, Georg Carle, “SLICES-RI Plain Orchestrating System (pos)—Reproducible Experiment Workflows by Design,” in Midscale Experimental Research Infrastructure Forum (MERIF), Boston, MA, USA, May 2023. [Poster] [Bib]
2023-01-01 Yuri Demchenko, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Serge Fdida, Panayiotis Andreou, Cedric Crettaz, Mathias Kirkeng, “Experimental Research Reproducibility and Experiment Workflow Management,” in 15th International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS, COMSNETS 2023, Bangalore, India, January 3-8, 2023, Jan. 2023, pp. 835–840. [Url] [Pdf] [DOI] [Bib]
2022-12-01 Benedikt Jaeger, Max Helm, Lars Schwegmann, Georg Carle, “Modeling TCP Performance Using Graph Neural Networks,” in Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Graph Neural Networking, New York, NY, USA, Dec. 2022, pp. 18–23. [Url] [Pdf] [Rawdata] [DOI] [Bib]
2022-12-01 Sebastian Gallenmüller, Florian Wiedner, Johannes Naab, Georg Carle, “How Low Can You Go? A Limbo Dance for Low-Latency Network Functions,” Journal of Network and Systems Management, vol. 31, no. 20, Dec. 2022. [Url] [Pdf] [Homepage] [DOI] [Bib]
2022-10-01 Max Helm, Florian Wiedner, Georg Carle, “Flow-level Tail Latency Estimation and Verification based on Extreme Value Theory,” in 18th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM 2022), Thessaloniki, Greece, Oct. 2022. [Pdf] [Slides] [Bib]
2022-07-01 Sebastian Gallenmüller, Dominik Scholz, Henning Stubbe, Eric Hauser, Georg Carle, “Reproducible by Design: Network Experiments with pos,” in KuVS Fachgespräch - Würzburg Workshop on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Next-Generation Communication Networks 2022 (WueWoWas’22), Würzburg, Germany, Jul. 2022. [Pdf] [DOI] [Bib]
2022-06-01 Sebastian Gallenmüller, Eric Hauser, Georg Carle, “Prototyping Prototyping Facilities: Developing and Bootstrapping Testbeds,” in 2022 IFIP Networking WKSHPS: SLICES Scientific Instruments to support digital infrastructure science (IFIP Networking 2022 WKSHPS SLICES), Catania, Italy, Jun. 2022. [Pdf] [DOI] [Bib]
2022-05-01 Florian Wiedner, Max Helm, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Georg Carle, “HVNet: Hardware-Assisted Virtual Networking on a Single Physical Host,” in IEEE INFOCOM WKSHPS: Computer and Networking Experimental Research using Testbeds (CNERT 2022) (INFOCOM WKSHPS CNERT 2022), Virtual Event, May 2022. [Pdf] [DOI] [Bib]
2021-12-01 Sebastian Gallenmüller*, Dominik Scholz*, Henning Stubbe, Georg Carle, “The pos Framework: A Methodology and Toolchain for Reproducible Network Experiments,” in The 17th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT ’21), Munich, Germany (Virtual Event), Dec. 2021. [Pdf] [Homepage] [Rawdata] [Recording] [DOI] [Bib]

Finished student theses

Author Title Type Advisors Year Links
Ruben Bachmann Comparison of DPDK-Enabled P4 Software Targets MA Manuel Simon, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Stefan Lachnit 2023
Sebastian Faul Virtualized Testbed Infrastructure for Practical Network Experiment BA Sebastian Gallenmüller, Henning Stubbe, Florian Wiedner 2022
Simon Schäffner cloudPos: A Portable Toolchain for Reproducible Networking Experiments in Testbeds MA Sebastian Gallenmüller, Henning Stubbe, Manuel Simon 2022

Open and running student theses

Author Title Type Advisors Year Links
Kilian Warmuth Implementation of a Testing Toolchain for a Scientific Measurement Tool IDP Stefan Lachnit, Eric Hauser, Sebastian Gallenmüller 2023