With increasingly complex systems the research community has questioned the accuracy of wireless simulations to carry out research work in wireless networks. This has led to an increased interest in deploying testbeds, an intermediate step between simulations/emulations and a full-scale prototype where wireless studies could be conducted under more realistic, but still controllable conditions. Several wireless testbeds currently exist around the world and provide the research community with means to validate their concepts and theories in an environment that better matches a real scenario.

AMazING (Advanced Mobile wIreless Network playGround) is an outdoor test system developed under a concept by Rui Aguiar, intended to differentiate itself from the existing ones by increased controllability (for the experimenter) and high reproducibility of the tests, even for mobility events. The platform, developed by members of the Aveiro Telecommunications and Networking Group (ATNoG), consists of a free access wireless testbed, composed by 24 fixed nodes located at the rooftop of Instituto de Telecomunicações - Aveiro. Support servers and redundant storage stand at the core of the testbed. Servers provide processing power to schedule and manage experiments and analyze results. The main goal for the near future is to extend the testbed with a high speed mobile node (>60km/h) and integrate experiments with NS3 simulation tool.

The AMazING Panel consists on a testbed management system built on top of a customized version of OMF that automates otherwise tedious but required tasks such as network configuration, software deployment, and experiment execution. The system aggregates OMF sub components and functionality under a common, web oriented, multi-user management application and streamlines testbed management by hiding most of the complexity associated to running experiments. The platform provides the user with an interface oriented to the experiments that allows them to interact with the testbed through a graphical interface, while at the same time allows administrators to manage users and some aspects regarding system operation.

João Paulo Barraca was responsible for designing, developing and implementing most of the stuff on the AMazING testbed. João Martins developed the AMazING testbed management system. Other members of the team with valuable contributions to the system include Diogo Gomes, Tiago Carrão, Carlos Gonçalves, Tiago Gonçalves and António Matos.