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Scientific infrastructure

In order to support cutting-edge research, IMDEA Networks invests in the latest, state-of-the-art laboratories and laboratory test equipment, endowing the Institute with the capacity of transforming research into high added value products and services.

These laboratories are used for:

  • Constructing prototypes and measuring the devices, protocols and algorithms developed by the researchers.
  • Simulating complex base-band and medium access systems, as well as sophisticated radio subsystems.
  • Measuring radio parameters involved in mobile, fixed and satellite communications, designing and characterizing radiating elements, and measuring the effects on the radio electric spectrum of new protocols and algorithms designed by the Institute.

Examples of the laboratories capabilities include:

Ubiquitous Wireless Networks Lab

Underwater communications testbed


This is a collection of 4 underwater acoustic transceivers that operate in the 18-36 kHz band. They are connected to semi-rugged laptop computers through a switch and waterproof underwater cables. They can be operated both from a bench power supply (like in this picture) and from batteries.






Neptune, the horse power server of the underwater laboratory: This is a DELL PowerEdge server that is employed to run computer simulation for underwater communications, localization, and networking. It is also used as a remote control center for the UWN group's underwater acoustic transceivers.


Opportunistic Architectures Lab

Monroe testbed




MONROE node consisting in two paired APU2 motherboards with three LTE cat4 modems and one WiFi adapter" that are running under Orange, Yoigo, Pepephone LTE coverage in Spain.





MONROE node: Installation box view.
















MONROE Testbed at IMDEA Networks: Consists of 20 static nodes. 4 are development nodes and 12 testing nodes. These nodes are also connected through Ethernet alongside WIFI and LTE connectivity.


Dynamic Provisioning testbed


An isolated LAN consisting of 4 laptops (all running Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS) connected via a GB Ethernet switch. All PCs also have an external wireless connection to facilitate monitoring of the experiments via the IMDEA network. The laptop in the middle acts as the Data Centre which hosts Virtual Machines that provide a Video On Demand service. The other laptops send out requests for particular video segments in a given format to the host. The host laptop on receiving this request directs it to a VM or VMs specifying the client address and port to stream back a transcoded version of the segment.


Wireless Networking Group

Millimeter-wave SDR-based Open Experimentation Platform


  • FPGA-based baseband processing system
  • IEEE 802.ad compliant transceiver
  • Higher than 2 GHz RF bandwidth
  • Flexible modular design
  • Digital and Hybrid beamforming using mm-Wave phased-array antennas
  • Localization and radar applications



Vadatech processing system

  • AMC599 board:
    • Xilinx KintexUltrascaleFPGA (>1.5 Million Logic Cells)
    • 20 GB of DDR4 memory space (3 memory banks)
    • Dual DAC @ 5GSPS (16 bits) and Dual ADC @ 6 GSPS (12 bits)
    • PCIe and 10GbE interfaces
  • AMC726 board:
    • Corei7 processor system
    • Physical connection to the AMC599 board through PCIe





Sivers60GHz phased-array system:

  • 16+16 Tx/Rx antenna array
  • Full 802.11ad channel bandwidth (2.16GHz)
  • 57-71 GHz coverage
  • li>Integrated (changeable) codebook
  • ~6º phase resolution
  • Controller through SPI interface.

mmWave band radio link

The Sivers IMA form the building block for mmWave band radio link applications. Each unit consists of one up- and one down-converter. The up- and down-converters operate independently. The boards are used as a reference design for e.g. an RF front end for a point-to-point or point-to-multipoint radio link. The evaluation board offers all necessity for interfacing the converter modules with the I/Q baseband inputs and outputs of a modem. RF output/input is over WR15 waveguide. The antennas provided by the lab are omnidirectional and directional with apertures of 7, 20, and 80 degrees.

Internet Analytics Lab

Golem testbed




Golem is the main computing resource used by the IAG (Internet Analytics Group - http://iag.networks.imdea.org/) at IMDEA Networks to run network measurement (both active and passive ones) and perform both dynamic and static analysis of Android software.


Pervasive Wireless Systems Group







Ettus B210 software-defined radio connected to eight port splitter









Hardware of outdoor spectrum sensor










NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 for neural networks








OpenVLC testbed with OpenBuilds ACRO moving structure









OpenVLC1.3 board










Spectrum sensor for accurate outdoor measurement











Testing ourOpenVLC board with the Agilent 3000 X KeySight oscilloscope