MANTICORE: Making APN Network Topologies on Internet COREs



The MANTICORE project is built upon the successful results achieved by its predecessor: the prototype of MANTICORE. This project has the purpose of creating a service for the Network Operations Centre and end users which allows them to customize the configuration of their own dedicated IP physical and/or logical network. This service has to be robust enough to be developed in a production network used in real life by real users. A current version of the IaaS Framework (with all the advantages that the new implementation provides: modularity, extensibility, compatibility, & interoperation with the other IaaS Framework based solutions) is used.


The main goals of the MANTICORE project are the following ones:

  • To allow an infrastructure provider to offer its network infrastructure as infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in order to give permissions to an external party to control one or more of their router(s) for a period of time.
  • To permit the business agreement between service and infrastructure providers automatically through marketplaces where infrastructure providers publish the available infrastructure resources with its characteristics and usage conditions, the service providers can browse and rent/buy the infrastructure resources they’re interested in.

  • To provide an IP Network Service that helps users to create and configure one or more IP networks with the routers they got (as IaaS) from one or more network providers, assisting in configuring the IP Network topology, addressing, internal and external routing, exporting routing policies to RIPE database, firewalls, creating VPNs and QoS paths.

  • To build a system that can be deployed on operational networks and used in production by real life users. As part of the project activities, MANTICORE will be deployed and tested over HEAnet, NORDUnet and RedIRIS.

The MANTICORE project contributes a list of different benefits in the aspects where it works:

  • It contributes with the tests and results in the standardization of routing protocols.
  • It permits new business models between the service providers and the infrastructure providers.
  • It obtains interoperability between different authentication and authorization infrastructures.
  • It sets up a robust system which permits to create logical resources for being deployed in a commercial net.