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n. Any platform (hardware or software) used as a basis for experimentation


A testbed (also "test bed") is a platform for conducting rigorous, transparent, and replicable testing of scientific theories, computational tools, and new technologies.

The term is used across many disciplines to describe experimental research and new product development platforms and environments. They may vary from hands-on prototype development in manufacturing industries such as automobiles (known as " mules"), aircraft engines or systems and to intellectual property refinement in such fields as computer software development shielded from the hazards of testing live.

Usage examples of "testbed".

We even built a prototype before Caliban, a sessile testbed unit, and gave it to Gubber to test in a double-blind setup.

All Gubber knew was that we wanted him to display a series of situation simulations--essentially holographic versions of the same situations we wanted Caliban to confront--to the sessile free-matrix testbed unit, alongside a normally programmed Three Law sessile testbed.

Mars for them was just the latest hi-tech testbed, an exotic gig to put on your resume, in the desperate gamble to establish yourself among the haves, when you returned to Earth.