The ADVICE project (Dynamic provisioning of connectivity in high density 5G wireless scenarios) is proposed within the framework of the Digital Economy and Society Challenge / Future Internet / Mobile Networks and Systems of the Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016. In particular it aims to tackle some of the challenges that are likely to appear in the future wireless communications, which are usually referred to as 5G. Despite the great advances that have been seen on the maximum capacity offered by the new physical layer technologies, it is already clear that this will not be enough to face the continuously growing traffic demand that is expected. Hence, novel topologies are being proposed, where traditional cellular network deployments, based on homogeneous macro-cells, will be gradually incorporating much smaller access elements, both from other technologies (WiFi routers), as well as LTE pico- and femto-cells. The use of relaying techniques and even the opportunistic participation of the end-users to facilitate the communications Device-to-Device (D2D) are also being foreseen. As a consequence, the cellular network concept that has so far been considered will not be the prevalent one in the future communication scenarios and several challenges will need to be dealt with so as to optimize its performance. Besides, stricter requirements in terms of the quality of service perceived by the end-users and energy consumption shall be as well satisfied. In parallel to the previously mentioned advances, we are also witnessing an ever-growing interest from the scientific community, operators and vendors, in the application of virtualization and programmability techniques over cellular networks. In this sense, the use of Software Defined Networking (SDN) paradigm and Network Virtualization Functions (NFV) over such communication architectures is already being investigated. ADVICE is precisely proposed in the combination of the two aspects, since we start from the assumption that both instruments, namely radio resource management and SDN/NFV are indeed required to ensure the efficiency and scalability degrees that need to be ensured to support the scenarios of the so-called 5G networks. Although this strategy is broadly accepted, it is also true that the challenges that need to be faced are far from being solved. The appropriate combination of SDN/NFV paradigms, together with radio resource management mechanisms for heterogeneous networks, exploiting the advantages of such holistic approach, are the distinctive features that make ADVICE a singular and novel research project. Furthermore, we will also analyze the potential deployment strategies of some of the mechanisms that will be proposed during the project over management and resource orchestration platforms that are being currently used by mobile operators. In this sense, the results of the research project will be also linked to the particular needs of the stakeholders pushing such platforms, thus broadening their impact. The ADVICE project will be carried out by research groups of University of Cantabria, which will take the coordinator role, and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya; it is planned to be executed in three years.
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco
Richart, M.; Baliosian, J.; Serrat, J.; Gorricho, J.; Agüero Calvo, Ramón; Agoulmine, N.; International Workshop on Management of SDN and NFV Systems - International Conference on Network and Service Management p. 1-4 DOI: 10.23919/CNSM.2017.8256046 Presentation's date: 2017-11-26 Presentation of work at congresses
Richart, M.; Baliosian, J.; Serrat, J.; Gorricho, J. IEEE transactions on network and service management Vol. 13, num. 3, p. 462-476 DOI: 10.1109/TNSM.2016.2597295 Date of publication: 2016-09-01 Journal article