Using Future Internet testbeds as a tool for the practical study of digital networking
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In this paper, we discuss how Future Internet testbeds can be useful not only for experimenters but also for teaching networking classes, both in conventional environments and in the context of online courses. Access to experimental testbeds allows students to have hands-on experience that is impossible to provide with local resources in most organizations. This use of testbeds allows society to make use of idle resources and to profit from the public investments made in these infrastructures. Our work makes use of the FIBRE testbed, a research facility composed by a federation of 13 local testbeds located in different research and education organisations in Brazil and Europe. The paper contains a step-by-step description of how a student could use the FIBRE testbed in an example laboratory assignment involving routing.