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

Paper Submission: 30 June 2022
Notification: 30 July 2022
Camera Ready and Registration: 30 August 2022

Authors of accepted papers may choose to present in-person or virtually.

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE Future Networks World Forum 2022 Conference Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore.

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All papers should be submitted via EDAS:

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.


This workshop invites contributions from the wider research community to focus on the following including but not limited to:

  • Vision/Evolution & revolution for future network testbeds
  • Use case scenarios for future network testbeds
  • Distributed/global (context/thresholding) of testbed development
  • Facilitation of compliance testing
  • Interoperability/co-existence/inter-programmability among the testbed
  • Standard/pre-standard (e.g., ONAP/ORAN) testbed models
  • Extendable architecture with the testbed
  • Accessibility/multi-operatability for future network testbeds
  • Domain specific KPI mapping for future network testbeds
  • Interface/protocol development for future network testbeds
  • Technology agnostics testbed definition and experimental set-up
  • Performance measurement block towards standardization
  • Reliability assessment for given use cases at different scale
  • Plug & play nature within a testbed
  • PoC development, test & evaluation for future network testbeds
  • Recommended practice to run an experiment within the testbed for future generation of networks
  • Business models for ‘Testbed as a Service’ for future networks


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