Category Archives: Projects

(2021 – 2025) S2C2 – Command and Control System of Systems

In the field of Defense, the growing complexity of operational environments has shown that synergy between the Armed Forces is essential. In emergency and internal crisis situations, collaboration extends to public security and civil defense institutions. In this context, interoperability between command and control systems of different entities is crucial for mission success. Focusing specifically on the ground force, interoperability between their own systems is already a big challenge. Aware of the need to address this challenge, this project tackles the development of a Command and Control System of Systems (S2C2) to meet the interoperability demands of the ground force Command and Control Application Family (FAC2FTer). To this end, the project proposes a study focused on the interoperability of open, distributed, and dynamic systems for use in the command and control environment in the defense domain. In this context, aspects of the modeling, formal verification of properties, network simulation with artificial intelligence support to develop a system of systems of command and control for the Brazilian Army.

(2021 – 2026) PORVIR-5G – Programmability, ORchestration and VIRtualization of 5G Networks

The expected massive growth of mobile Internet traffic in 5G mobile networks introduces the need to change the operators’ networks. Such networks require a drastic transformation towards open, scalable and elastic ecosystems supporting new types of communication. The PORVIR-5G project will develop and demonstrate a programmable fronthaul and backhaul integrating wireless with optical-packet networks and cloud solutions. It is intended to exploit virtual network splits that optimise resource allocation across the wireless, optical, packet, and compute/storage domains. Key enablers for PORVIR-5G are (i) Slicing over packet, wireless, and optical resources, controlled by (ii) deep programmability interfaces, where the devices are configured by network functions to provide the required performance for the future applications on the Internet. This programmability allows a more refined (iii) end-to-end and multilayer orchestration, considering the quality of experience of the users for each type of applications over the network. This project will validate and demonstrate the proposed programmability and virtualization capabilities in three demonstrations, each one of them enabling the key performance demands of 5G networks: an Internet of Things demonstrator focusing on massive machine-type communication; a smart city demonstration for reliable and ultra-low latency flows; and a high bandwidth video demonstrator showcasing the next-generation mobile broadband.

(2021-2026) SFI2 – slicing future internet infrastructures

The technological evolution centered on the concepts of Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and, more recently, on the fifth generation of mobile telecommunications networks, known as 5G, has caused great impact on the Internet. This impact comes not only from the creation of new technologies, communication protocols, security solutions, energy efficiency mechanisms and others, but also from the need to jointly operate this plethora of innovations with each other and with the legacy of the Internet. As a result, several experimentation environments with different scopes have emerged in Brazil, targeting at the research of different subsets of technologies, among them: FIBRE, experimentation of alternative architectures to the current Internet; FUTEBOL, experimentation in telecommunications networks involving optical and wireless communications; CloudNEXT, experimentation on cloud computing and bare-metal provisioning; FIWARE, future Internet-Based applications based on Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Cloud Computing; 5GINFIRE, experimentation in 5G networks, based on NFV and cloud usage; and finally NECOS, focused on the creation of slices that encompass different clouds with distributed resources. In this scenario, the main objective of this project is to provide a solution for the provision of advanced network scenarios and allocation of computational resources by slicing these multi-domain experimentation infrastructures, in the simplified creation of complex networks with minimum configuration effort based on the intelligent orchestration of this multi-domain slicing, offering Slice-as-a Service (SlaaS) for future Internet developers.

(2020 – 2024) PETWIN – Whole-field Digital Twin for production optimization and management

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PeTWIN will define a research-based vision and best practices for implementing sustainable, usable and maintainable digital twins for field management. The work addresses the substantial IT challenges posed by digital twins through the application and development of knowledge representation techniques and data analytics. The focus of the project is to build the knowledge and competence needed to build the next generation of digital twins for field digitalization.

(2016-2019) FUTEBOL: Federated Union of Telecommunications Research Facilities for an EU-Brazil Open Laboratory

FUTEBOL LogoThe overall objective of the FUTEBOL project is to develop and deploy research infrastructure, and an associated control framework for experimentation, in Europe and Brazil, that enables experimental research at the convergence point between optical and wireless networks. Continue reading (2016-2019) FUTEBOL: Federated Union of Telecommunications Research Facilities for an EU-Brazil Open Laboratory

(2015-2016) MEICAN – Management Environment of Inter-domain Circuits for Advanced Networks

MEICAN is a software platform that allows network end-users to request, in a more user-friendly way, dedicated circuits in Dynamic Circuit Networks. MEICAN also enables network operators to evaluate and accept end-users circuit requests in environments with multiple domains using either automated or manual authorization workflows. A sample interface of MEICAN can be seen at http://meican-cipo.inf.ufrgs.br/playground/ (username and password will be required). Continue reading (2015-2016) MEICAN – Management Environment of Inter-domain Circuits for Advanced Networks

(2014-2016) ProSeG – Information Security, Protection and Resilience in Smart Grids

ProSeG – Information Security, Protection and Resilience in Smart Grids is a research project funded by MCTI/CNPq/CT-ENERG # 33/2013. The project started in march 2014 and is targeted at investigating and developing mechanisms and services that can be integrated into a future Smart Grid for addressing stringent security and resilience requirements. Continue reading (2014-2016) ProSeG – Information Security, Protection and Resilience in Smart Grids

(2009-2010) Malia: Management of Applications Lifecycle Through IT Analytics

Malia project was funded by Hewlett-Packard R&D Brazil, and its focus was in the management of applications lifecycle through IT analytics. It was developed at UFRGS Computer Networks Group, and coordinated by Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville and Luciano Paschoal Gaspary. Continue reading (2009-2010) Malia: Management of Applications Lifecycle Through IT Analytics

(2008 – 2009) ChangeLedge: Model Based Change Management for IT Systems

ChangeLedge Project was funded by Hewlett-Packard R&D Brazil, and it was focused in the Change Management in Information Technology (IT) systems. It was developed at UFRGS Network Group, and coordinated by Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville and Luciano Paschoal Gaspary.  Continue reading (2008 – 2009) ChangeLedge: Model Based Change Management for IT Systems