The Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) is advancing a shared vision for harmonised European-scale technology platforms and their implementation, as well as the integration and harmonisation of the relevant policy, legal, political and regulatory frameworks. Part of the Digital Agenda for Europe, the FI-PPP will make infrastructures and business processes smarter (i.e. more intelligent, more efficient, more sustainable) through tighter integration with Internet networking and computing capabilities.
The INFINITY (INfrastructures for the Future Internet commuNITY) project is a Support Action focussed on capacity building and infrastructure support. The goal is to leverage existing investments to support advanced experiments demonstrating the versatility of the FI-PPP Core Platform across a multiplicity of heterogeneous environments and use cases.
Through collaboration with organisations across Europe, we are capturing and communicating information about available infrastructures, and any interoperability requirements and issues. We document any usage-related operational constraints and seek to identify and foster federation opportunities that could facilitate large scale experimentation and testing, taking into account social, economic and technological issues.
The INFINITY project is developing and maintaining a dynamic innovative repository called XiPi, which provides an on-line catalogue of Future Internet infrastructures. Through a collaborative Web-based approach, it describes infrastructures as a 'living organism' and brings together the two key aspects of FI-PPP projects: the infrastructures and the applications. XiPi facilitates the creation of a sustainable 'market' where infrastructure owners and operators can market and advertise capability and capacity that can meet users' demands. Similarly, users can publicise their application scenario and experiments developed on one or more infrastructures present in the repository.
We are producing an evolving series of recommendations, roadmaps, tactical actions and strategies that enhance the potential for the identified infrastructures to participate in the trialling of FI-PPP Use Cases as the Programme progresses.
INFINITY has received EC research funding.