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A Federation of World Class

Computer Networking Testbeds


OneLab offers easy access to a variety of network communications environments: ad-hoc wireless networks with mobility and sensing capabilities; wireless broadband access and core networks; a global, public, fixed-line Internet; and both wireless and fixed-line emulated environments.


OneLab is a consortium consisting of five different higher education and research institutions. These institutions are devoted to making testbeds used for network computer communications available to enterprises, scientific researchers, and educators. Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Inria, iMinds, TU Berlin, and the University of Thessaly have been putting in place the building blocks since 2006: the testbeds themselves; the interfaces allowing testbeds to operate in a federation; and the tools necessary to provide users easy access to the testbeds. These efforts culminated in 2014 with the creation of the OneLab consortium, led by UPMC.


The OneLab federation consists of the following four platforms:


  • FIT IoT-Lab: Six large-scale Internet of Things testbeds with over 2700 wireless sensor nodes in a variety of topologies and environments, and both fixed and mobile nodes
  • PlanetLab Europe: an Internet overlaid testbed for computer networking and distributed systems research with 300 servers offering access to Internet-connected Linux virtual machines at 150 sites across Europe
  • FIT CorteXlab: a testbed for developing cognitive radio applications, with 80 wireless nodes deployed in a 180 m² isolated anechoic chamber and the possibility to customize the PHY layer of the nodes
  • NITLab and FIT NITOS-Lab: four testbeds for experimentation across Wi-Fi connected nodes in both indoor/outdoor real world environments and controlled environments; NITLab (Volos) offers LTE connectivity