Testbeds and Research Infrastructure: Development of Networks and Communities. 9th International ICST Conference, TridentCom 2014, Guangzhou, China, May 5-7, 2014, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

SPICE Testbed: A DTN Testbed for Satellite and Space Communications

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-13326-3_20,
        author={Ioannis Komnios and Ioannis Alexiadis and Nikolaos Bezirgiannidis and Sotiris Diamantopoulos and Sotirios-Angelos Lenas and Giorgos Papastergiou and Vassilis Tsaoussidis},
        title={SPICE Testbed: A DTN Testbed for Satellite and Space Communications},
        proceedings={Testbeds and Research Infrastructure: Development of Networks and Communities. 9th International ICST Conference, TridentCom 2014, Guangzhou, China, May 5-7, 2014, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={TRIDENTCOM},
        year={2014},
        month={11},
        keywords={Delay Tolerant Networking DTN Testbed Bundle Protocol ION DTPC BSS BDTE Space Communications Interplanetary Internet},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-13326-3_20}
    }
    
  • Ioannis Komnios
    Ioannis Alexiadis
    Nikolaos Bezirgiannidis
    Sotiris Diamantopoulos
    Sotirios-Angelos Lenas
    Giorgos Papastergiou
    Vassilis Tsaoussidis
    Year: 2014
    SPICE Testbed: A DTN Testbed for Satellite and Space Communications
    TRIDENTCOM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-13326-3_20
Ioannis Komnios1,*, Ioannis Alexiadis1,*, Nikolaos Bezirgiannidis1,*, Sotiris Diamantopoulos1,*, Sotirios-Angelos Lenas1,*, Giorgos Papastergiou1,*, Vassilis Tsaoussidis1,*
  • 1: Democritus University of Thrace
*Contact email: ikomnios@ee.duth.gr, ialex@ee.duth.gr, nbezirgi@ee.duth.gr, sdiaman@ee.duth.gr, slenas@ee.duth.gr, gpapaste@ee.duth.gr, vtsaousi@ee.duth.gr

Abstract

This paper presents SPICE testbed, a state-of-the-art Delay Tolerant Networking testbed for satellite and space communications deployed at the Space Internetworking Center, Greece. The core of the testbed relies on the Bundle Protocol and its architecture has been designed to support multiple DTN implementations and a variety of underlying and overlying protocols. SPICE testbed is equipped with specialised hardware components for the accurate emulation of space links and ground stations, such as Portable Satellite Simulator (PSS) and CORTEX CRT system, as well as protocols and mechanisms specifically designed for space DTNs. Performance and functionality evaluations on SPICE testbed show that it is an ideal platform to evaluate new mechanisms in a variety of space communication scenarios.