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MONACO (MOnitoring & Advanced COmmunications)



MONACO is a flexible research infrastructure designed for network experimentation in:

  • Future Internet Architectures:

    • Part of to the LISP pilot network


    • Access to real-time BGP feeds of the Internet DFZ zone. Among other applications this provides relevant data to analyze the current Internet topology.

  • Network Mobility

    • Includes 3G and WiFI mobile nodes

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  • Traffic Monitoring & Analysis

    • CoMo : Traffic Analysis

    • SMARTxAC : Application detection & Monitoring

  • Network Measurements

    • NetMeter and Oreneta

    • Both applications use a different approach (Active vs. Passive) to measure QoS and QoE network metrics.

    • Meters can be embedded virtually anywhere.

In order to interconnect each module, MONACO includes a set of high-end routers and switches providing a backbone capacity of 1Gbps. Also, the core-network is connected to the Internet through a direct link to Rediris of 1Gbps. Finally, in order to provide accurate measurements, all the modules are attached to a Stratum-1 GPS antenna providing a synchronization signal (<1us). span="">

MONACO has also access to a very large cluster (70 machines, PXeon 16GB RAM) to Simulate, and Emulate. Further, and thanks to the GpENI infrastructure MONACO includes a several machines able to virtualized network topologies and protocols.


MONACO is the outcome of 10 more than years of participation into National, European and Industrial projects. Mainly:

  • Future Internet & Mobility: IST-LONG and IST-EULER

  • Traffic Monitoring & Analysis: INTEL Research

  • Network Measurements: IST-EuQoS

  • Virtualization: GpENI


The MONACO testbed is located at UPC Campus Nord, Barcelona, Spain. Contact information here

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