Coordinating European Future Internet Research

Trilogy wins third running of Future Internet Award

Pictured at the Future Internet Award presentation in Poznan: (l-r) Willie Donnelly (ceFIMS Coordinator), Phil Eardley (Trilogy project), Megan Richards (European Commission Director of Converged Networks & Services), Robert Szabo (Judging Panel)


The third running of the Future Internet Award has been won by the Trilogy project. The announcement was made by Megan Richards, Director for Converged Networks & Services at the European Commission, during the closing plenary of Poznan’s FIA event.

Picking up the Award on behalf of the Trilogy consortium, Phil Eardley from BT (UK) said, “It is an honour both to be selected as the winning entry, and to have had worked with so many brilliant people on the Trilogy project.” The project is funded by the EU and has developed a long-term solution to Internet traffic congestion.

Phil Eardley (Trilogy) accepting the Waterford crystal vase from Willie Donnelly (ceFIMS)

Trilogy received the Future Internet Award for its outstanding contribution to the Internet architecture and protocols, which could help provide Europeans with faster, more reliable Internet connections. Judges’ comments from the adjudication process included:

“…Trilogy is devoted to propose and to evaluate key control functions of the Internet. The project’s results include architecture, protocols, simulations, prototypes and standardisation at the IETF.”

“…the scale of dissemination should be noticed. A lot of effort on standardising results of the project at the IETF should have impact on better traffic management by the network and end-to-end quality of service…”

“There’s a good balance between academics and industrials, very open through IETF and other collaborations, has included working test beds of their new protocols.”

Trilogy was a three-year €9.2 million project, which finished its work in March 2011. It brought together researchers and companies from Belgium, Finland, Germany, Greece, Spain, UK and the US to find methods of managing traffic so that congestion at choke points of the network is minimised, thus resulting in better quality connections for Internet users. The EU contributed €5.9 million in ICT research funding.


The next Future Internet Award competition will open in February 2012. More details on the Award are available on the ceFIMS website.


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