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Evaluations and Prototype

WP4 integrates the software implementation of the project architecture in test-beds (T4.1) and defines experiments (T4.2) to conduct performance evaluations (T4.3) and the overall assessment of the prototype and a selected use case (T4.4). These steps will ensure the efficiency, scalability, and energy-awareness of the developed network management mechanisms in the more general case and will reach a proof-of-concept status for the theory developed.

The initial test-bed has been set up and configured (MS4.1) in January 2014 and is currently being documented in D4.1. This deliverable will specify the set-up and configuration details of the mobile and wired test-bed serving as the experimentation platform to conduct the software validation and performance evaluation of the SmartenIT prototype developed and integrated in WP3. 

The testbed has the goal to be efficient and easy to use. It is implemented by creating a small-scale, simple, but not trivial network topology. This topology is used as baseline for experiments, to be easily reproducible by all partners. In case special features are required for evaluation of certain concepts, the basic testbed design can be extended accordingly.

In parallel to the testbed design, T4.2 currently defines suitable experiments and application use cases on which to validate and evaluate the SmartenIT prototypes. Experiments are designed to allow for the validation of core functionality and performance aspects of the key SmartenIT scenarios. In operative terms, small-scale test scenarios will be designed (borrowing from the use cases) and will be conducted for every integrated system release. The process will steadily converge towards the validated SmartenIT prototype, meeting basic requirements and ready to be deployed for a final evaluation in task T4.3. The experiments defined and setup will be documented in D4.2 by April 2015.

The actual performance evaluations (T4.3) and the overall assessment (T4.4) will start only in February 2015.