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Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

The Fraunhofer FOKUS – (Institute for Open Communication Systems) advances enabling technologies for the information society based on its vision of a user-centric ubiquitous computing and communication environment. Fraunhofer FOKUS was established in 1988 in Berlin. Around 230 employees – scientists, technicians, administrative staff and students – are involved to realise user centric technological solutions for the information society.
Fraunhofer FOKUS is actively contributing to the FP7 Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) initiative. FIRE aims at building a large-scale experimental facility for Future Internet research and experimentation. FOKUS has been playing a key role in previous FIRE related projects e.g. Onelab, Panlab, Vital and is moreover currently strongly engaging in FIRE IP projects such as PII, VITAL++, BonFIRE, Onelab II and TEFIS as well as FIRE CSA’s like MyFIRE and the FIRESTATION Architecture Board.
One core aspect of several of the above mentioned projects are resource/testbed federation mechanisms. FOKUS has been deeply involved in the development of FIRE federation frameworks, particularly the Panlab/PII federation framework, which comprises Teagle http://www.fire-teagle.org at its heart. Moreover, FOKUS has already shown successful federation of different, heterogeneous, large-scale facilities. These experiences provide FOKUS with in-depth knowledge and expertise about current federation standards and federation mechanisms even beyond European boundaries (GENI SFA/SFA2.0, ORBIT/OMF, etc.).
Furthermore, FOKUS is actively participating in the just started FIRE Architecture Board. The FIRE Architecture Board represents a key element of FIRESTATION, an umbrella project supporting the currently ongoing FIRE projects / facilities with the goal of becoming an entry point from the outside through a FIRE Office. In many regards the mission of FIRESTATION shows big similarities to INFINITY.