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CCI is building unique research infrastructure for use by CCI partners across Virginia. This includes testbeds that serve as common platforms for advanced research, development, and technology demonstration, increasing competitiveness of Virginia’s researchers and accelerating commercialization and economic development.

CCI is establishing a 5G security testbed as a collaborative activity and joint resource of the Network. Principal development of the core network and expertise in standing up the equipment will be provided by the CCI Hub. CCI Nodes will explore research issues related to specific application modes of 5G, such as IoT management, smart ports, grid management, UAV and Satellite communications, factory automation, and transportation. The Hub and Node research will leverage base stations (gNBs) located at the Nodes that connect to the 5G core network located at the CCI Hub.  

Each application area of 5G will require different security, authentication, and performance requirements from the core network and the gNBs. Core network security, transport networks, and gNBs will be explored for security vulnerabilities and for solutions to those vulnerabilities.

As use cases evolve, this testbed will be augmented with additional test equipment, commercial-grade networking software, and gNBs.

The 5G testbed organizational and technical design is based on important use cases, for each of which the sponsoring academic institution has demonstrated an impressive performance. The testbed will:

  • Provide a high-quality and high-efficiency test and experiment facility for academic research by academic faculty, postdocs and graduate students, industry and federal partners, and entrepreneurs across the Network.
  • Provide a training facility for red and blue-teaming and comprehensive 5G cybersecurity wargaming for (a) students and academic researchers (b) industry collaborators and (c) government workers working in 5G cellular research and development.
  • Provide a vulnerability testing and validation service for off-the-shelf equipment for 5G vendors and government workers in 5G development and operations.
  • Serve as a resource for other research areas that will likely be highly dependent on 5G. For example, agriculture is expected to benefit greatly though mass deployment of sensors on an agriculture field connected to 5G; exploring the benefits of this approach would be advantageous to the Commonwealth.

The AI Assurance team is building a user-friendly testbed and software factory that will be accessible to researchers across academia, industry and government to evaluate the level of trust and assurance of their AI algorithms. The testbed will provide pre-trained models, pre-built containers, test suite generators, and data in a plug-and-play interface. This new resource is poised to accelerate research, support training and lead to new innovations.

The testbed will leverage an NVIDIA GBX-2, an enterprise-grade research computer designed for AI, machine learning, and deep learning applications, and 200 TB of storage. Staffed by experts, the AI assurance testbed will have pre-trained open source models for easy test case execution, covering a range of AI algorithm types from support vector machines to deep neural nets, and a test suite of baseline options for various functional tests.

As use cases evolve, this testbed will be augmented with additional computing hardware, storage, data, algorithms, and test cases.

The AI Assurance Testbed and Software Factory will:

  • Provide a high-quality and high-efficiency test and experiment facility for academic research by academic faculty, postdocs and PhD/MS graduate students in both the CCI Hub and Nodes.
  • Provide a test capability for red and blue-teaming AI algorithms for (a) students and academic researchers (b) industry collaborators and (c) government sponsors working in AI research and development.
  • Provide a vulnerability testing and validation service for government T&E organizations of COTS and GOTS algorithms.
  • Serve as a resource for other research areas that will likely be dependent on AI Assurance. For example, AI considerations in 5G wireless technologies or cyber-physical systems. The testbed will serve as an initial software test facility for these application areas.