2nd International IEEE/Create-Net Conference on Testbeds
and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks and Communities

Jointly sponsored by the IEEE ComSoc, IEEE, Create-Net and
the International Communication Sciences and Technology Association (ICST)

Barcelona, Spain, March 1-3, 2006


Telecommunication infrastructures play a vital role in modern society. The advancements in the range of network service offerings, their performance, quality of service, security, and ubiquity are relentless, despite global economy fluctuations. The demand for high bandwidth network infrastructures is continuously growing within both academic and industrial sectors.

Grid computing is one of the many examples of the new emerging paradigm of networking characterized by huge data traffic flows, that require an extremely high-performance network infrastructure. The need of high speed is emerging also in mobile, wireless network environments, where new wireless technologies promise data rates above 100 Mbps. Other high bandwidth network examples include community access networks, on demand optical networks and the Next Generation Internet.

To meet these challenges, experimental activities on infrastructures, such as testing, verification, deployment, are pivotal for academic researchers, developers, service managers and providers, as well as for end users. The management of research infrastructures is increasingly dependent on a business model that optimizes their operational price/performance ratio. For example, access to experimental infrastructures for real-life applications by specific user communities would benefit all the stakeholders involved: the end users, because of the experimental evaluation of the provided services, the researchers and infrastructure experimenters, because of the knowledge gained from case-study analysis, and the infrastructure managers, because of the business exploitation of the network.

The synergies created by opening research infrastructures to real life users offer all parties involved an enormous development potential, which needs to be thoroughly investigated and discussed. Tridentcom brings together all aspects related to experimental telecommunication infrastructures, creating a forum where telecommunication networks researchers, vendors, providers and users can exchange ideas on past experience, requirements, needs, visions for the establishment of such infrastructures.

Best testbeds papers with a focus on communication software will be considered for publication in a planned Feature Topic of IEEE Communication Magazine, co-edited by Kazem Sohraby and Algirdas Pakstas

Important dates

Full papers due: October 21, 2005 (closed)
Notification of acceptance: November 30, 2005
Camera-ready manuscript due: December 31, 2005
Early registration deadline: January 30, 2006
Conference date: March 1-3, 2006

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Co-sponsored by

Centre TecnolÚgic
de Telecomunicacions de
International Communication
Sciences and Technology Association