IEEE Softwarization - September 2016
A collection of short technical articles

Orchestration and Control Solutions in 5G: Challenges and Opportunities from a Transport Perspective

By Peter Öhlén, Ahmad Rostami, and Paola Iovanna, Ericsson Research

5G, the next generation mobile system, aims to provide unlimited access to information by people and a large variety of connected devices. We will see a massive growth in both traffic and the number of connected devices. Due to the multitude of services that will emerge, flexibility across all domains of networking and service functions will be much more important than before. New services will be developed and launched in shorter time cycles than current networks allow. This applies to end-user services which will continue to develop, but an increasing share will be for different internet of things applications, spanning from sensor networks to performance-critical industrial applications.

Fighting Your Way Through the Jungle of Intent

By Pedro A. Aranda Gutiérrez and Diego R. López, Technology Exploration, Telefónica I+D

In this article we look at different SDN initiatives and how they are accommodating different projects exploring ways to express networking intents. We go through intent-related projects in the OpenDaylight eco-system and then look at the strategy of the ONF and OPNFV. To conclude, we provide a couple of thoughts of what intent should look like in the future.

NFV: From CI/CD to Hypervisor or Container Based Deployments

By Marie-Paule Odini, HPE

With NFV, Network Function Virtualization, the whole process starts with the design of the Virtualized Network Function (VNF). This is generally done by a supplier of the VNF, typically a vendor. This VNF is then sold to a service provider who will integrate this VNF in his environment to enhance or deploy a new service.

NFV Service Chaining Challenges

By Djamal Zeghlache, UMR 5157 CNRS Samovar, Télécom SudParis, Université Paris Saclay, France

This letter presents a framework to automate the production of network services to address some of the challenges in the dynamic deployment of cloud and network services. A service management approach, using available open source components, a TOSCA extension for network services and a customized service function chaining module, is suggested for network service chaining.



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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