SUstainable federatioN of Research Infrastructures for Scaling-up Experimentation in 6G

Duration: 01/01/2024 – 31/12/2026   |   Total Funding: € 13, 929 059.25

Challenge

SUNRISE-6G is a flagship SNS JU Phase 2 R&D project co-funded by the EC. It proposes a scalable, open and standards-compliant approach to experimentation and vertical application deployment in a pan-European Federation of 6G infrastructures, that provides access to a comprehensive library of 6G enablers.

The SUNRISE-6G approach is inspired by the “network of networks” concept of 6G networks, aiming to integrate all private and public infrastructures under a massively scalable internet-like architecture.

The project execution is based on 4 pillars, delivering:
(a) the implementation of new 6G enablers, complementary to existing ones being developed in SNS JU Phase 1 projects;
(b) a truly scalable and 3GPP compliant Federation solution that provides access to heterogeneous resources and devices from all over Europe;
(c) a Federated Artificial Intelligence plane, aligned with AI as a Service (AIaaS) and Machine Learning Operations (ML-OPS) paradigms, which promotes a collaborative approach to AI research that benefits immensely from scaling-up datasets and models;
(d) a commonly adopted experimentation plane, which offers common workflows to experimenters.

The SUNRISE-6G project advances the scientific knowledge in five innovation areas:

1

Introducing new service APIs for RAN exposure, cross-domain vertical deployment and Digital Twinning.

2

Native AI integration of testbeds towards Intent-Driven Lifecycle Management (IDLM) of experimentation processes.

3

Near-Field Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces and Integrated Communications and Sensing.

4

Joint Communication and Sensing in disaggregated networks.

5

Integration of Terrestrial with Non-Terrestrial 6G Network access.

Project Objectives

The project’s key objectives are as follows:

1

Deliver a pan-European 6G experimentation facility, supporting cross-domain vertical application deployment and testing via a decentralised management plane.

2

Implement an Open Federation Framework supporting vertical Use-Case deployment at the Federated Facility via standardised Camara Service APIs.

3

Ensure the evolvability of the facility, offering streamlined testbed onboarding workflows, and providing a clear roadmap to 3GPP compliance and large-scale trials.

4

To validate the Federated facility via advanced Use Cases, showcasing cross-testbed vertical deployment, and seamless onboarding of third-party testbeds.

5

Offer a 6G library of breakthrough components, devices and frameworks covering the complete device-to-cloud value chain, which is externally accessible for experimentation.

6

Facilitate Intent-Driven Lifecycle Management of experimentation processes (IDLM) through Machine Learning Operations-driven Native Artificial Intelligence (AI) integration.

7

Maximise the project’s visibility and impact through wide means of dissemination, communication, standardisation and exploitation activities.

eBOS Role in the Project

eBOS’ main technical role in the project is to lead the development of the detailed low-level design of the SUNRISE-6G portal and the Lifecycle Management experimentation services, as well as their constituent components.

Additionally, eBOS will provide their State-of-the-Art 5G/6G Testbed, implement the proposed upgrades to further enhance it and expand its functionality, and federate with the rest of the 6G testbeds to formulate a pan-European federated testbed infrastructure of 6G testbeds.

eBOS also leads the Quality Assurance, Risk and Data management task of the project, as well as the Dissemination, Communication and Hackathon activities ensuring the maximisation of the project’s impact and visibility.

SUNRISE 6G project has received funding from the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) under the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101139257. C0-Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. https://smart-networks.europa.eu/