IEEE Future Networks World Forum
On-Demand through 15 November 2022

WS5: Federated Testbed as a Service for Future Networks: Challenges & the State of the Art

14 October 2022 // 16:00 – 17:30 // Hybrid


  • Mohammad N. Patwary, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (Great Britain),
  • Ivan Seskar, WINLAB, Rutgers University, USA


Testbeds are a critical part of network generation evolution and complement the standards that are developed. The current generation of Network technology is driven by the 5G definition of eMBB, mMTC, and uRLLC-driven use cases. Use cases are facilitated with a number of Physical layer innovations with mmWave, mMIMO along with other layers of OSI. Given the increased complexity of the next generation of communication systems and skyrocketing development costs, the importance of publicly available testbeds is quickly becoming critical for researchers and developers to get access to state-of-the-art infrastructures in order to prototype and validate their ideas. Lessons learned from various experiments help to ratify the standards. The testbeds also help as a catalyst for the deployment of advanced wireless systems. Hence it is essential to have experimental testbeds where functional and end-to-end testing can be performed.

Due to the complex nature & associated cost, it is anticipated that for scalable experiments future testbeds are required to collaborate with the vendor community and research community. Hence the experimental facilities will be required to expand upon the existing testbeds towards federated development of testbeds for next/future generation networks. This workshop intends to encompass all the aspects of identified diversity requirements and the challenges towards the development of scalable testbed facilities for future networks to provide a standardized approach for collaboration. Such a unified collaboration approach will pave the way for efficient utilization of resources by providing ‘Testbed as a Service’ to the research and vendor community to accelerate technological development for future networks.


  • Ivan Seskar, WINLAB, Rutgers University, USA
  • Aloizio Pereira da Silva, Virginia Tech


NeXT: A Software-Defined Testbed with Integrated Optimization, Simulation and Experiment– Jiangqi Hu (University of Buffalo, USA); Maxwell E McManus, Sabarish Krishna Moorthy, Yuqing Cui, Zhangyu Guan and Nicholas Mastronarde (University at Buffalo, USA); Elizabeth Serena Bentley (AFRL, USA); Michael Medley (US Air Force Research Laboratory/Information Directorate & SUNY Polytechnic Institute, USA)

Network Traffic as a Federated Testbed Service Jack Brassil (Princeton University, USA)

Towards Private 5G O-RAN Implementation: Performance and Business ValidationVanlin Sathya (University of Chicago, USA); Lyutianyang Zhang (University of Washington, USA); Mehmet Yavuz (Celona, USA)

Cloud Native Applications Profiling using a Graph Neural Networks ApproachAmine Boukhtouta (Ericsson Research, Canada); Taous Madi (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia); Makan Pourzandi (Ericsson, Canada); Hyame Alameddine (Ericsson Research, Canada) // (Note: This paper has been accepted in workshop WS2 click here)

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