D3S is a cross-institutional research group based in Trento, Italy, involving researchers at the Department of Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento and at the Center for Scientific and Technological Research (IRST) of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK).
The research of D3S focuses on distributed systems whose requirements include a dynamic topology and a decentralized architecture. Examples are:
In these contexts, the research themes of the D3S group lie at the intersection of software engineering and networking.
On one hand, our goal is to provide programmers with high-level programming abstractions and middleware simplifying the development chore, greatly complicated by dynamicity and decentralization. On the other hand, accomplishing this goal in the aforementioned challenging scenarios requires delving into the details of networking protocols (e.g., routing), where novel solutions are necessary to efficiently and reliably support coordination and communication.
The result of our research is not limited to theoretical results. Over the years, we developed a number of software systems released as open source, notably including the Lime middleware (and its adaptations to WSNs, TinyLime and TeenyLime) and Logical Neighborhoods, a programming abstraction for WSNs. Moreover, in the last years we put a strong emphasis on validating our systems in the field, in real-world applications. Examples are the use of our TeenyLime middleware and dedicated routing protocols for WSNs, such as the reliable, continuous, high-rate structural monitoring of a medieval tower (Torre Aquila), and monitoring and control of illumination in operational road tunnels (in the TRITon project). See for yourself some of the ongoing deployment activities in the lab blog.