The Institute has several research laboratories that facilitate the development of different types of solutions, such as the construction of operational software prototypes, platforms for the deployment of communications, solutions for the analysis of communications protocols in a wide range of frequencies, and advanced environments in which to develop forensic computing, among others.
Testing laboratory for mobile communications
The laboratory consists of equipment to build complete LTE (Long Term Evolution) mobile networks in order to test protocols and services in a controlled environment. The equipment, which comes from a CAITI equipment competition and MORSE group projects, has been integrated to create the PerformNetworks test infrastructure (performnetworks.uma.es). This testbed supports 4 European FP7 and H2020 ICT-FIRE projects (Fed4FIRE, FLEX, Triangle and Q4Health). It is currently one of the European reference laboratories in ICT-FIRE for experimentation on mobile networks (together with the laboratories provided by Fraunhofer-Technical University of Berlin, iMinds in Ghent and Thesalonica University in Volos). The laboratory offers remote access for testing to external users in the form of open project calls and will soon have an operating model that will include billing these services to ensure its sustainability.
This laboratory has a wide range of development kits for wireless multi-technology communications which operate in very different frequency ranges, covering protocols such as ZigBee, Bluetooth Low Energy, 6LoWPAN, RFID and NFC. In addition, there is a NIVIS development platform for wireless sensors that implement the WirelessHart and ISA 100.11a industrial communications protocols. As a supplement to the above, tools are available for the analysis of communications protocols, as well as 3 National Instruments software-defined radio (Tx / Rx) transceivers that provide continuous frequency coverage from 400 MHz to 4.4 GHz. The laboratory also has two sets of equipment to carry out forensic computing work. This equipment includes a many different options for receiving data, and has licenses for two professional forensic analysis suites that allow performing analysis on a large variety of devices.
Big Data Analysis Laboratory (in process)
The laboratory has the capacity to tackle Data Analysis and Big Data problems. To enhance the scientific impact and transfer of these capabilities, the UMA has obtained an ERDF grant for the "Establishment of a Center for Competences in Big Data Analysis in the Ada Byron Research Building at the University of Malaga" whose objective is to create a specific hardware and software infrastructure capable of serving Big Data analysis tasks. This infrastructure will allow a service that provides 1,136 cores and 8.1TB of memory for processing, exceeding 100TB of disk. The support required for the use of this infrastructure includes mechanisms to prioritise shared computing tasks among service users. For this purpose, a Hadoop cluster will have to be maintained configured and updated, including all the necessary tools for laboratory users. In addition to keeping the laboratory in operation, a Big Data Analysis service will have to be established at the UMA to offer training (including the university Master's degree in «Advanced Analytics on Big Data» (http: //bigdata.lcc .uma.es /)), tutoring and support for the development of this type of application in all interested areas of knowledge, allowing the University of Malaga research groups to use these basic services or to develop advanced services for the community . These advanced services could be offered to groups at the University of Malaga and to external groups as well, thus opening channels for the operation of this infrastructure that will enable its maintenance in the long-term.