Presenting the ICT-17 5GENESIS project at the EuCNC 2018 in Ljubljana

In EuCNC 2018 in Ljubljana, I had the opportunity to present the ICT-17 5GENESIS project in a special session of the 5G-PPP for the phase 3 projects and as an introduction to the forthcoming ICT-19-2019 call “Advanced 5G validation trials across multiple vertical industries”. 5GENESIS will provide large scale prototype 5G testbeds in five European cities (Athens, Limassol, Malaga, Berlin and Surrey). These testbeds will be used by representatives of relevant business sectors (e.g. media and entertainment, e-health, automotive etc.) to validate the technological advances that 5G brings to these markets.

In this context, the main goal of 5GENESIS will be to validate 5G KPIs for various 5G use cases, in both controlled set-ups and large-scale events. This will be achieved by bringing together results from a considerable number of EU projects as well as the partners’ internal R&D activities in order to realise an integrated End-to-end 5G Facility.

The 5GENESIS Facility, as a whole, will:

  • Implement and verify all evolutions of the 5G standard, via an iterative integration and testing procedure;
  • Engage a wide diversity of technologies and chain innovations that span over all domains, achieving full-stack coverage of the 5G landscape;
  • Unify heterogeneous physical and virtual network elements under a common coordination and openness framework exposed to experimenters from the vertical industries and enabling end-to-end slicing and experiment automation; and
  • Support further experimentation projects, in particular those focused on vertical markets.

The five platforms of the 5GENESIS Facility, and their main features/orientation, are:

  • The Athens Platform. An edge-computing-enabled shared radio infrastructure (gNBs and small cells), with different ranges and overlapping coverage that are supported by an SDN/NFV enabled core, to showcase secure content delivery and low latency applications in large public-events.
  • The Málaga Platform. Automated orchestration and management of different network slices over multiple domains, on top of the 5G NR and fully virtualised core network to showcase mission critical services in the lab and in outdoor deployments.
  • The Limassol Platform. Radio interfaces of different characteristics and capabilities, combining terrestrial and satellite communications, integrated to showcase service continuity and ubiquitous access in underserved areas.
  • The Surrey Platform. Multiple radio access technologies that can support massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC), including 5G NR and NB-IoT, combined under a flexible Radio Resource Management (RRM) and spectrum sharing platform to showcase massive IoT services.
  • The Berlin platform: Ultra dense areas covered by various network deployments, ranging from indoor nodes to nomadic outdoor clusters, coordinated via advanced backhauling technologies to showcase immersive service provisioning.
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Satellite Communications in the 5G Era

Our book chapter entitled “NFV-based Scenarios for Satellite -Terrestrial Integration” by H. Koumaras, G. Gardikis, Ch. Sakkas, G. Xilouris, V. Koumaras, M. A. Kourtis was published by IET at the book “Satellite Communications in the 5G Era” (Editors Shree Krishna Sharma, Symeon Chatzinotas and Pantelis-Daniel Arapoglou) (link to book site).

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The book explores promising scenarios for 5G Satellite Communications (SatCom), novel paradigms for satellite-terrestrial integration and emerging technologies for the next generation of satellite systems and hybrid/integrated satellite-terrestrial systems, and focuses on recent research efforts towards 5G and beyond.

Our contribution focuses on describing NFV-based scenarios for satellite-terrestrial integration.

Workshop on User-centric network management and service provisioning

Workshop on User-centric network management and service provisioning

September 17-19, 2018, Barchelona, Spain

(in conjunction with IEEE CAMAD 2018, http://camad2018.ieee-camad.org/)

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Scope and Topics of Interest
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The natural evolution of software and hardware technology, driven by the constantly increasing demands for high-quality communications,
has brought new and innovative advancements like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
These advancements have not left the mobile telecom sector unaffected. Already, 5G visionaries recognize SDN and NFV as the key enabling
technologies for dynamic and agile networking. More specifically, SDN is used for the decoupling of the control and data plane of a
service-related network flow, while NFV is standardized as the technology that will virtualize storage, computing and networking resource management.
Driven by these advancements, the 5G networks are expected to provide the potential for flexible end-to-end orchestration and slicing, allowing the
automated network configuration and service provision. This automation will enable multiple interacting application components, such as massive IoT
application, Big data analytics and multimedia services to be delivered via multiple access technologies, such as millimeter waves, visual light
communication and others. In this automated environment, the consumers of mobile services are placed for the very first time at the epicenter of any
communication system and access technology in contrast to previous system-centric network designs. The so-called user-centricity is actually so powerful, that terms like
Quality of Experience (QoE) have been coined, driven by the need to understand end users’ degree of satisfaction. In parallel, the main stakeholders
in mobile service provisioning, namely a) the service or content providers, usually referred to as Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers, and b) the
traditional Mobile Network Operators (MNO) promote QoE as the most crucial factor for assessing the network’s, access technology’s and/or application’s
impact on a service in the diverse ecosystem.

This workshop focuses on bringing together researchers from academia, industry and SDOs to identify and discuss technical challenges and novel ideas, regarding a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

* Human-in-the-loop 5G architectures
* Human-intense 5G communications
* Human-intense network services
* User-centric service and network management
* User experience and perception in SDN/NFV enabled systems
* User-behavior analysis
* User’ perception for interactive security and privacy mechanisms
* SDN/NFV-enabled QoE estimation methodologies and metrics
* SDN/NFV-enabled QoE estimation tools
* QoE-oriented SDN/NFV applications and platforms
* SDN/NFV-related business considerations and economic aspects of QoE
* SDN/NFV-enabled QoE-adaptive algorithms for resource sharing
* QoE-adaptive algorithms for video streaming
* SDN/NFV-based service orchestration
* SDN/NFV-based network deployment and optimisation
* Visual light Communication technologies in the 5G architecture
* Multi-access and multi-radio Access Technologies and Orchestration
* End-to-end orchestration for immersive services
* Big data analytics and machine learning for flexible mobile service steering

The workshop is organized by the research projects CASPER (http://casper-h2020.eu/) and IoRL (http://iorl.5g-ppp.eu/)

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Important Dates
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* Paper Submission Deadline: 31 May 2018
* Author Notification: 2 July 2018
* Camera Ready: 31 July 2018

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Submission Instructions
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Prospective authors are invited to submit a full paper of not more than six (6) IEEE style pages including results,
figures and references. Papers should be submitted via EDAS. Papers submitted to the conference, must describe unpublished
work that has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three TPC members.
All accepted and presented papers will be included in the conference proceedings and IEEE digital library.

Conference site: http://camad2018.ieee-camad.org/
Workshop Submission Link: https://www.edas.info/newPaper.php?c=24497&track=91100

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Workshop Co-chairs
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Dr. Dimitris Tsolkas, dtsolkas@di.uoa.gr, Dept. of Informatics & Telecommunications University of Athens, Greece
Dr. Harilaos Koumaras, koumaras@iit.demokritos.gr, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications NCSR Demokritos, Greece