Network Implementation Testbed using Open Source platforms
Welcome to the Network Implementation Testbed Laboratory of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Thessaly. NITlab is also affiliated with the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH). The research of the lab focuses on the design, study and implementation of wireless and wired schemes and their performance in the real environment. In this context, NITlab has developed a facility named NITOS, which stands for Network Implementation Testbed using Open Source platforms. NITOS is one of the facilities of the OneLab Federation and it can also be accessed through the OneLab portal.
NITOS facility currently consists of over 100 operational wireless nodes and is designed to achieve reproducibility of experimentation, while also supporting evaluation of protocols and applications in real world settings. NITOS facility is geographically separeted in 3 deployments. The Outdoor one at the exterior of the University of Thessaly (UTH) campus building, the Indoor one at the basement of the UTH's building and the Office testbed deployed at CERTH's office building in Volos.
The control and management of the facility is done using the cOntrol and Management Framework (OMF) open-source software. Users can perform their experiments by reserving slices (nodes, access points, base stations or frequency spectrum) of the testbed through the NITOS scheduler that together with OMF support ease of use for experimentation and code development.
The NITOS platform is open to any researchers who would like to test their protocols in real-world settings. They are given the opportunity to implement their novel protocols and study their behavior in a custom tailor-made environment. NITlab is constantly in the process of extending its Testbed capabilities.