3rd Project: StarBED3

1. Basic Concept for StarBED Creation

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) began the construction and operation of "StarBED" as a large-scale, general-purpose Internet simulator connected by network switches to the 512 PC servers (nodes) in 2002.


The basic concept underlying the construction of "StarBED" was that it should support research and development of the Internet by serving as a testbed that could be used to carry out multiple, large-scale simulations and provide a permanent simulation facility to be used by all the research organizations that had independently built their own as required in the past.  By making use of this testbed, the sharing, common use and recycling of facilities, tools and knowhow could be promoted and verifications could be carried out accompanied by the benefits of lower research and development costs and shorter R&D cycles.



Changes to the target for StarBED

Changes to the target for StarBED

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2. The Project Expands and Develops into the 3rd Phase
  – Towards the "StarBED3" Large Scale Emulation Testbed –

Building on these achievements, in 2006 the mission scope was expanded into an Ubiquitous Network and, as the 2nd Phase "StarBED2," and we built and provided a testbed consisting of over 1,000 PC servers (nodes) able to verify systems in close-to-finished-product state at the binary code level.
Then, in 2011, we commenced the 3rd Phase "StarBED3."  The mission scope was expanded to include research and development of new-generation networks and their security and services as well as planning the expansion of methods to deal with various mixed wired and wireless networks and cyber physical systems.  Moreover, we are providing testbeds capable of experimenting and verifying at the software implementation level as the Large Scale Emulation Testbed, and supporting network research and development.


As the project was extended, the research and development goals also expanded as shown in the figure on the right, and the main current four objectives of StarBED3 are:
  • Making clear the performance and behavior of large-scale, complex network systems
  • Providing support for the dependability of Ubiquitous systems
  • Dealing with new-generation ICT systems
  • Supporting R&D life-cycles



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StarBED/ StarBED2/ StarBED3 Evolution

StarBED/ StarBED2/ StarBED3 Evolution

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Continuation and expansion of its research aims

Continuation and expansion of
its research aims

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