Workshop on Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and Programmable Software Networks

  • Monday, 27 June 2016, 14:00-17:30, Poseidon A

  • Organizers:

    • Georgios Xilouris (NCSR Demokritos, Greece)

    • Josep Matrat (ATOS, Spain)

    • Carlos Bernardos (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

    • Filip De Turck(iMinds, Belgium)

    • Marinos Charalambides(University College London, UK)



Motivation and Background

The advent of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), based on emerging resource and service virtualisation technologies enables the dynamic deployment and management of virtualised network functions (VNFs) within the network infrastructure. Moreover, the logical centralisation of the network control plane, separating it from the data plane, achieved via Software Defined Networking (SDN), allows for greater network programmability and dynamicity. In this context, major European research initiatives are delving into the aspects of network service virtualisation and programmability, aiming at significant cost efficiency, introduction of new services and transformation of the networking market.

A research ecosystem of horizontal and vertical R&D actions is being formed, which examines the impact and the capabilities of virtualisation and programmability across all networking domains: from core to edge and access, from wired/optical to wireless, cellular and also satellite.

This open workshop aims at reinforcing this European research ecosystem by strengthening the liaison between the participating projects, facilitating the exchange of ideas and helping each research group to take advantage of the results produced by other projects, improving focus of innovation and aligning towards common goals and milestones, thus maximising the overall impact. The workshop will provide the links between currently active projects funded under the FP7 scheme and new 5G-PPP projects conducting research in the areas of SDN and NFV technologies, empowering effective knowledge transfer, potent partnerships and mutual collaboration amongst them.

The workshop is endorsed by the Software Networks Working Group of the 5G-PPP (https://5gppp. eu/), and supported by participating projects and partners. The participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, share hands-on experience and solutions and discuss research results. The workshop will aim in extending collaborations and paving common exploitation strategies. The structure of the workshop is based on invited presentation from FP7 and H2020 projects that operate on the same focus area, followed by breakout sessions on particular subjects allowing immediate interaction between the delegates and facilitating the exchange of expertise and best practices in the field.



Management of Software-based Networks, Marinos Charalambides (UCL) – FP7 - Flamingo
Ethernet OAM and SDN:a matching opportunity, Luca Cominardi (InterDigital) – H2020 – 5G Crosshaul
Superfluidity: A Flexible Functional Architecture for 5G Networks, George Tsolis (Citrix) – H2020 – Superfluidity
Virtualization and Control in Multi-Provider Environment: the 5G Exchange approach
Carlos J. Bernardos (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) – H2020-5GEX
NetIDE: SDN applications by means of integration and orchestration of SDN controllers, Dr. Pedro A. Aranda Gutiérrez
T-NOVA: Network Functions as-a-Service over virtualized infrastructures, George Xilouris (NCSRD) – FP7 T-NOVA
DevOps for Network Function Virtualization: The SONATA Approach, Josep Matrat (ATOS) – H2020-SONATA
CHARISMA Control, Management and Orchestration platform, Eleni Trouva (NCSRD) – H2020-CHARISMA
Multi-domain/technology Service Function Chain Orchestration based on SDN and NFV, George Agapiou (OTE) – FP7
SDN/NFV-based service function chaining at the terminal side of the satellite link,
Thierry Masson (One-Access) – H2020-VITAL