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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:

Wireless Lab

Signal Analyzer


Analysis and processing of RF signals up to 7 GHz using the Agilent N9010 Signal Analyzer.






Development of new baseband processing architectures using software-defined radio boards.

These devices form a radio communication system where components that have been typically implemented in mixers, filters, amplifiers, modulators/demodulators, detectors, etc., are instead implemented by means of embedded computing devices, in particular Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA).



Development of experimental hardware routers using open and programmable platforms (NetFPGA).

This equipment allows researchers to build high speed (gigabit) switches and IP router prototypes in hardware, on which to test experimental routing prototypes. This type of equipment is more realistic that the one based on the use of software only platforms.



Research and development on mesh network topologies using Meshnode devices. These are programmable wireless nodes equipped with multiple radios that can provide network communication coverage for large areas.




Optimization of WiMAX scheduling, queue management and cross-layer optimization using ARQ/HARQ. The newly developed algorithms are implemented on special WiMAX base stations provided by Albentia Systems under a collaborative agreement.


The laboratories are supported by a high-performance scientific computing infrastructure consisting of a dedicated server cluster equipped with a Dell R710 (8 cores Intel Xeon E5640, 48 GB RAM, 6 TB local storage), a Dell C6100 (32 cores Intel Xeon E5640, 192 GB RAM, 24 TB storage local), and a Dell Equallogic PS610 (10 Gb/s Storage Arrays with 32 TB raw disk space).

Additionally, IMDEA Networks provides and runs an IT support infrastructure for telematic services that permits pervasive and easy access to information over different media, as well as providing the required hardware and software tools to facilitate daily operational activities, Network Research and security. It also provides telephone communications services with VoIP capability, videoconference, VPN remote secure connection, wireless access, intranet and document management systems.

Networked Systems Lab

Networked Systems Lab

IMDEA Networks has recently updated its computing infrastructure with the following new equipment:

A cluster of 12 servers with 12 cores, 96 GB RAM and 6 TB of hard disk space each for networked system simulations.

1 disk server with 24 TB of storage space

2 servers with 64 cores, 512 GB of RAM for system applications and Hadoop big data analytics.

All the equipment is interconnected via a 10 Gb/s high speed network.





Wireless and Big Data Laboratory

Wireless and Big Data LaboratoryMeasurements/Monitoring

  • WiFi monitoring platform for the evaluation of QoE with mobile access points
  • Analysis of social network info to infer pre-fetching strategies (eCOUSIN project)
  • Measurement-based characterization of network traffic and energy consumption (wireless and wired)

Wireless and Big Data LaboratoryWireless and Big Data Laboratory

Wireless and Big Data Laboratory

Mobile Communications Laboratory

  • Large 802.11 testbeds 
    • Mesh, relay, piggybacking, 802.11aa, 802.11ac
    • Modified firmware (FLAVIA project) for modified MAC
    • Central and distributed control of MACMobile Communications Laboratory
  • OFDM/OFDMA (LTE-like)
    • FPGA testbed with NI-PXI equipment (CROWD project)
    • FPGA MANGO boards
  • 802.11+Bluetooth context-aware communications
    • Android smartphones generating and exchanging content
  • WiMAX 
    • Indoor P2P testbed

Mobile Communications LaboratoryMobile Communications Laboratory

Mobile Communications Laboratory

Milimiter and Interdomain Routing Laboratory

Vubiq mm-Wave Frontends

  • Transmission of arbitrary wave forms
  • High gain directional antennas with variable beam width
  • Signal strength measurement and emulation of sectored directional systems

WiGig Enabled Docking Station

  • Dell D5000 dock with Latitude E7440 notebook
  • Electronically steerable antenna array
  • Evaluation of off-the-shelf mm-Wave system

Dual-Band Setup (joint work with Rice University)

  • WARP SDR based direction interference on 2.4 GHz
  • Sectored mm-Wave system based on Vubiq front-ends
  • Evaluation of dual-band beam steering

Vubiq mm-Wave FrontendsWiGig Enabled Docking StationDual-Band Setup