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CogniTive 5G application-aware optical metro netWorks Integrating moNitoring, data analyticS and optimization

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Competitive project
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106.480,00 €
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TWINS involves the design and evaluation of a novel, spectrally efficient and adaptive network solution, using dynamic elastic optical
networking, including both transparent and flexible optical switching and adaptive transmission. TWINS will address the granularity
mismatch between the wireless access and the optical metro domain via a new edge node design and achieved through dynamic optical
bandwidth allocation. This will provide metro support for increased volume of services with reduced cost and energy consumption.
To support the required dynamicity and flexibility, the TWINS architecture will be developed to integrate a wide range of optical
technologies. These will be controlled using automation schemes and programmability features that will enable concepts such as HW
disaggregation and virtualization, the coordination of which will be supported by a purposely designed control plane. Optical nodes will be
dynamically adapted to the needs of specific services, optimally exploiting the data plane through use of relevant data monitoring and
analysis schemes. In fact, TWINS aims at designing and demonstrating a set of monitoring solutions to remarkably enhance the
performance, reliability, and security of optical metro networks. The proposed solutions include i) integrated monitoring system for in-line
assessment of optical impairments such as OSNR, CD, PMD, phase noise, and spectral shape; and ii) distributed sensing system with
integrated interrogator for security analysis and network failure prediction, detection and localization.
The control plane will be also responsible for the provisioning of 5G and vertical industry services that require the allocation of
heterogeneous compute, storage and networking resources and ensure the required end-to-end QoS and QoE levels for each application.
The TWINS control plane will leverage on the well-established SDN and NFV paradigms and exploit the benefits of a unified system,
coordinating networking, computing, storage, transmission, and switching aspects, enabling abstraction at different levels.
Through the combination of improved, elastic-based optical techniques and intelligent, dynamic management of 5G applications, TWINS
will support more than 10 times the capacity of current metro networks.
TWINS will perform PoC demonstrations to illustrate its network solution, software metro node prototypes and associated control plane /
orchestration software. Detailed performance evaluation of both data and control planes will be carried out. The final project
demonstrations will also involve the demonstration of real 5G and vertical services across the TWINS test-bed. Finally, the project will
actively participate in the relevant standardization bodies to promote TWINS solutions to the wider community.
Cognitive Networking, Monitorización Óptica, Network Slicing, Optical Metro Networks, Optical Monitoring, Particionamiento de recursos de red, Redes Cognitivas, Redes Ópticas de Metro
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
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Funcding program
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
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Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
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Agencia Estatal De Investigacion


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