About FAME Lead PI (Name and Title): William Donnelly, Dr.
Lead Institution: Waterford Institute of Technology
Co-PIs (Names, Titles, Institution):
Academic Partner Institutions:
- Declan O’Sullivan, Dr., TCD
- Liam Murphy, Prof., UCD
- Douglas Leith, Prof., NUIM
- John Strassner, WIT
- Trinity College Dublin, TCD
- University College Dublin, UCD
- National University Ireland Maynooth, NUIM
- University College Cork, UCC
A key challenge for the telecommunications industry is to deliver and manage end-to-end communications services over an interconnected, but heterogeneous, networking infrastructure. The SFI-funded Federated, Autonomic Management of End-to-end communication services (FAME) Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) will develop autonomic management solutions incorporating new semantic analysis techniques, that can be applied to build federated network and service management systems that understand changes in the environment and coordinate their actions to reconfigure network resources and services to effectively deliver services on an end-to-end basis. FAME brings together academics and industry specialists in the management of communications networks and services. This project is pushing the barriers of what is technically possible in terms of allowing forms of self-management, allowing some parts of a network, and some services that run on these networks, to “work out for themselves” what is needed to operate efficiently. Intellectual Property and technical know-how generated by FAME will enable the creation and growth of an Irish-based international communications service management cluster that will grow the considerable investment already made in this sector by multinational companies, such as the cluster partners Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, HP, IBM, and Telefónica I+D, as well as indigenous communications management companies. Together this cluster will help position Ireland as a global leader in communications management related research, product development and professional services.
- Alcatel-Lucent, Dublin
- Cisco Systems, Galway
- LM Ericsson Limited, Dublin
- IBM Ireland Product Limited, Dublin
- Telefónica I+D, Madrid, Spain
- Hewlett Packard, New Jersey, USA
In the photograph:
Front Row:Brian O'Donnovan (IBM), Declan O'Sullivan (TCD), Willie Donnelly (WIT), Frank Gannon (Director, SFI), Mary Coughlan (Tánaiste, Minister DETE), Dave Lewis (TCD), Jimmy Devins (Minister STI), Seán Murphy (UCD), Mícheál Ó Foghlú (WIT), Philip Perry (UCD), Liam Murphy (UCD).
Back Row:David Malone (NUIM), John Keeney (TCD), Simon Foley (UCC), Brendan Jennings (WIT), Aidan Boran (Alcatel-Lucent/Bell-Labs), Sven van der Meer (WIT), Martin Serrano (WIT), Rob Brennan (TCD), Doug Leith (NUIM), Owen Conlon (TCD), Sasi Balasubramaniam (WIT), Dmitri Botvich (WIT), Liam Fallon (Ericsson).
The picture shows Mícheál Ó Foghlú (Executive Director Research, TSSG) and the Eamonn Ryan (Minister of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources) at the opening of the Irish IPv6 Summit on Wednesday 28th January 2009. Over 150 delegates from industry and the public sector attended. Many had a technical networking background, and others had a decision making and/or policy role within their organisations.
The main message of the event was that the current Internet infrastructure relies for growth on the availability of IPv4 addresses, and that all predictions now converge on exhaustion of the address space within the next 3 to 5 years. This is a very short time in terms of planning migration to a new network infrastructure. The only potential candidate to replace IPv4 is IPv6. Though there are many interesting research approaches that may lead to interesting alternatives, none can produce an agreed standard for deployment in the short time required.
The TSSG were very happy to organise the event, with the Irish IPv6 Task Force, on Wednesday 28th January 2009. The event was streamed live over IPv4 and IPv6, and video clips of all talks, and PDF versions of all slides will be made available on the main event website.
WIT published a Press Release.
The event was covered in the Irish Times the following day in the Finance section, see the TSSG Press Page.
RTE Radio recorded a special on-line feature on the event that can be streamed from RTE Special Feature.
The event was supported by the TSSG (Waterford IT), HEAnet (Ireland's National Research Network) and DCENR (Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources).