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FIRE in South Korea

The Korean research community for Future Internet (FIRE) was established in late 2006 under the umbrella of the “Future Internet Forum (FIF)“, aiming to provide an opportunity to review the forefront information and knowledge on the timely subject of novel and disruptive Internet architecture and related issues. Since then, the high wave of Future Internet has been around for quite a number of years in Korea, with the working focus on the architecture, wireless, services, security, and testbed. Especially, FIF testbed working group has played an important role in promoting the research on experimental facility, which is related to the activities in EU FIRE and US GENI.

From 2009 to 2012, the first Future Internet (FIRE) testbed project, FIRST (Future Internet Research for Sustainable Testbed), is carried out to provide a common testbed that supports multiple simultaneous testing of innovative network architectures and services without any interference from each other by enabling extreme programmability and virtualization capabilities. The companion project, FIRST@PC, also aimed to investigate media-centric service composition schemes with PC-based commodity hardware. In 2011, this FIRST project along with other efforts such as K-GENI, led to OF@Korea initiative, a loosely-coupled OpenFlow-enabled resources in Korea, which assembled OF@FIRST, OF@KOREN, and OF@KREONET.

From 2012, several efforts related to Future Internet testbed are continuing under the name of OF@TEIN (OpenFlow @ Trans Eurasian Information Network), VIMS (virtual network management system), Xebra (Xen based virtual router architecture), KREONET Emulab, C-flow, and CDNi (CDN interconnection) .