Before Using StarBED

StarBED facilities can be used by any research institution or researcher from industry, academia, or government for the purposes of research.
However, you have to sign commissioned research contract or joint research contract with NICT.
For further details, please contact us by e-mail at the following address.

If you are the member of the Hokuriku ICT R&D Promotion Council (HIRP*), and you have signed Memorandum of Understanding with HIRP yet, you are not necessary to sign joint research contract with NICT directly.
        HIRP / "HIRP Membership Application" page

* HIRP has, as an organization, entered into a joint research contract with NICT

When publishing research using StarBED (press release, academic papers etc.), please include the following description in the text or acknowledgment. And please report it to us.

This work is carried out on StarBED which is provided by National Institute of Inforamtion and Communications Technology (NICT).

STEP-1. The Registration of New Research and Development Projects
             (or for the Re-registration of Projects for Each Fiscal Year)

To use the facilities, all users must register their research and development projects.
A project registration application is required in the following two cases:

  • When using the facilities for a new research and development project
  • When the fiscal year-end occurs during a project
    (Please note that this requirement applies even in cases where the same user is continuing the same project in next fiscal year)

a. Submitting a "Application for StarBED Utilization (project registration)"
for Each Project

Please submit your completed "Application for StarBED Utilization (project registration)" to the following E-mail address.

b. Sending out "Notification of Project Registration"

Having checked the content of the application and, if there are no problems with the information supplied, we shall send the applicant for registration a "Notification of Project Registration" notifying the applicant that their Plan has been accepted.

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Application for StarBED utilization

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STEP-2. Application for Each Usage

The schedule for accepting use of the facilities for the year is fixed as the table below, so please submit the Application for StarBED Host Reservation with the requested number of nodes or VLANs, by the deadline for each period.
We conduct an arrangement of user's request and resource assignment on the basis of the applications, so that the center's resources are shared out according to the user's priority amongst its users.

c. Submitting a "Application for StarBED Host Reservation"

Please submit your completed "Application for StarBED Host Reservation" to the following e-mail address by the deadline for each period.


Usage period for the facilities Deadline for submissions
1st period Apr.1 - May 31 Mar. 15
2nd period Jun.1 - Jul.31 May 15
3rd period Aug.1 - Sep.30 Jul. 15
4th period Oct.1 - Nov.30 Sep. 15
5th period Dec.1 - Jan.31 Nov. 15
6th period Feb.1 - Mar.3 Jan. 15
<Usage Period for the Facilities and Deadlines for Submissions>


  • After the deadline is passed, any available resources that remain will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please understand in advance that there will be situations in which resources cannot be allocated in accordance with the applicant's wishes.
  • In cases where, after allocation, there are excess resources available due to scheduling changes etc., please cooperate in releasing such resources for others to use.
  • We request that, in cases where the number of nodes required either increases or decreases or there is any change to the type required etc., the applicant submit another application detailing his or her requirements.

d. Sending out "Firm Notification"

The Center will conduct an adjustment process on the basis of the applications it receives from applicants.  Following this adjustment process, the applicants will be sent "Firm Notification" notifying them of the content of the decision made with regard to their applications.

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Application for StarBED host reservation

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STEP-3. Submitting a Report on Completion of a Research and Development Project (or Submitting a Report on the Re-registration of a Project)

At the end of a research and development project or the end of fiscal year, we request that the results of the project and any requests to be made to the center be submitted.  

  *: This report should be submitted within one week

e. Submitting "Final Report for StarBED Utilization"

Please submit your completed "Final Report for StarBED Utilization" to the following e-mail address.

<Main Items to be Included in the Reports>

  • Outline of the results of the usage
  • Any related theses or oral presentations
  • Existence of any patent registrations
  • Future research schedule
  • To what extent you actually made use of the facilities

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Final report for StarBED utilization

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