IEEE Softwarization - November 2016
A collection of short technical articles

New Editor-in-Chief

By Eileen Healy, Co-Chair of the IEEE SDN Initiative

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Softwarization eNewsletter. As this is the last issue for 2016, I'd like to take a moment to thank you, the authors and readers, the content providers and consumers, who have made our newsletter the best possible. Also, a thank you to our ever committed and engaged Editorial Board whose efforts have made this publication possible. I also want to take this time to announce a new Editor-in-Chief for 2017. I am so pleased to announce that Laurent Ciavaglia of Nokia Bell Labs has kindly agreed to take on this role. As an active member of the IEEE Softwarization eNewsletter Editorial Board reviewing and recruiting articles over this last year, Laurent fits seamlessly into this position. Laurent Ciavaglia is currently senior research manager at Nokia Bell Labs where he coordinates a team specialized in autonomic and distributed systems management, inventing future network management solutions based on artificial intelligence. Laurent will be an outstanding Editor-in-Chief.

Proactive Management of the Virtualized Mobile Core for IoT

By Evangelos Kosmatos, Kostas Tsagkaris, Incelligent, Athens, Greece; Panagiotis Demestichas, University of Piraeus, Dpt of Digital Systems, School of ICT, Piraeus, Greece; and Christos Kolias, Orange Silicon Valley, San Francisco, United States

Machine to machine (M2M) communications enable the Internet of Things where billions of devices, typically low power devices requiring low data rates, work with little or no human intervention. The convergence of cellular and Low Power Wide Area networks (LPWANs) under the umbrella of 5G is expected to connect a new generation of such M2M devices. However, the majority of current wireless systems, including LTE/LTE-A, are currently designed and optimized to support mainly Mobile BroadBand (MBB) services and so not ideally suited for the M2M communication scenarios.

Quest for Real-time Operating Platforms for Next Generation Networks

By Antonio Manzalini, IEEE SDN Initiative Co-Chair

Today, Network Operators and Service Providers are very much engaged in transforming their legacy infrastructures, evolved over the last decades, into more flexible and programmable networks and services platforms. At stake there is the business sustainability for the future. A challenging goal of this Digital Business Transformation is the radical simplification of a complicated architecture, made of silos of several network layers with their own control and management systems.

The TimedSDN Project

By Tal Mizrahi and Yoram Moses, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

The TimedSDN project explores the use of time and synchronized clocks in Software Defined Networks (SDNs). One of the main goals of this project is to analyze use cases in which using time is beneficial. Both theoretical and practical aspects of timed coordination and synchronized clocks in SDN are analyzed in this work. Some of the products of this work are already incorporated in the OpenFlow specification, and open source prototypes of the main components are publicly available.

NFV Testing

By Marie-Paule Odini, HPE

This article provides an overview of NFV Testing methodology and tools, covering work in standardization, in particular in ETSI NFV, and in Open Source with OPNFV.



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IEEE Softwarization Editorial Board

Laurent Ciavaglia, Editor-in-Chief
Mohamed Faten Zhani, Managing Editor
TBD, Deputy Managing Editor
Syed Hassan Ahmed
Dr. J. Amudhavel
Francesco Benedetto
Korhan Cengiz
Noel Crespi
Neil Davies
Eliezer Dekel
Eileen Healy
Chris Hrivnak
Atta ur Rehman Khan
Marie-Paule Odini
Shashikant Patil
Kostas Pentikousis
Luca Prete
Muhammad Maaz Rehan
Mubashir Rehmani
Stefano Salsano
Elio Salvadori
Nadir Shah
Alexandros Stavdas
Jose Verger