The Future Internet Research and Experimentation – FIRE – Initiative is addressing this need, creating a multidisciplinary research environment for investigating and experimentally validating highly innovative and revolutionary ideas for new networking and service paradigms. FIRE is promoting the concept of experimentally-driven research, combining visionary academic research with the wide-scale testing and experimentation that is required for industry. FIRE works to create a dynamic, sustainable, large scale European Experimental Facility, which is constructed by gradually connecting and federating existing and upcoming testbeds for Future Internet technologies.

Ultimately, FIRE aims to provide a framework in which European research on Future Internet can flourish and establish Europe as a key player in defining Future Internet concepts globally. With a strong network focus, the first wave of FIRE projects was launched in summer 2008, with a budget of 40 million Euros and each year sees this increasing along with the scope of the projects.

Starting from summer 2010, a second wave of projects is significantly expanding the scope of FIRE, moving it in bold new directions taking on technologies such as sensor networks, clouds and also high level service architectures. These projects will be presented at this FIRE launch event on December 14th 2010, as part of the Future Internet conference week.

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