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MediaNet Lab in the first open-call experiments of SoftFIRE project

The proposal of the MediaNet Lab in the first open-call of the SoftFIRE project has been accepted and therefore MediaNet Lab will participate in the first experiments of the SoftFIRE project. SoftFIRE aims at creating an ecosystem of organizations around the technological field of NFV/SDN and and its evolution towards 5G developments. In order to achieve this goal, SoftFIRE plans to aggregate as many as possible organizations and people around an enabling platform. The SoftFIRE platform consists in a federated testbed that comprises very different experimental frameworks and is available for experimenting new services, applications and functional extensions of the platform.

The aim of the MedialNet lab experiments is the development and validation of the necessary extensions to the current SoftFIRE federated testbed, in order to enhance it with the capability to execute experiments involving satellite communication systems.

More details will follow in due time, once the design of the experiment and the expected results have been fully defined.

 

VITAL NFV Manager

In the framework of the EC-funded research project VITAL, MediaNet lab presented at EC premises during the second review meeting, the v2.0 of the VITAL NFV Manager: A lightweight NFV Orchestrator, capable of composing, deploying, instantiating and managing a Virtual Satellite Network (i.e. a Network Service which includes beyond the terrestrial VNFs, also virtualised Satellite Network Functions). The v2.0 of the NFV Manager has been upgraded with a graphical user interface, which provides resource monitoring per NFVI-PoP of the NFV infrastructure and per instantiated Network Service/Virtual Satellite Network.

The NFV Manager is compatible with the Openstack CCP and Opendaylight Platform, and the has been developed utilizing the Meteor Framework, Javascript and Python. For the needs of the satellite components the OpenSAND emulator platform has been integrated.

The following figures present some screenshots from the monitoring dashboard of the NFV Manager and the NS.VSN composition tool.

NFV Manager Dashboard

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NS/VSN Composition by NFV Manager

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A basic version of the NFV Manager is planned to be released as opensource.