FP7 ICT T-NOVA Kick-off meeting

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FP7 ICT T-NOVA was organised and hosted at NCSR Demokritos premises by MediaNet Lab. Project T-NOVA has officially started at 1/1/2014 and its duration is 3 years. The project is coordinated by NCSRD (Dr. A. Kourtis).

With the aim of promoting the NFV concept, T-NOVA introduces a novel enabling framework, allowing operators not only to deploy virtualized Network Functions (NFs) for their own needs, but also to offer them to their customers, as value-added services. Virtual network appliances (gateways, proxies, firewalls, transcoders, analyzers etc.) can be provided on-demand as-a-Service, eliminating the need to acquire, install and maintain specialized hardware at customers’ premises.

For these purposes, T-NOVA will design and implement a management/orchestration platform for the automated provision, configuration, monitoring and optimization of Network Functions-as-a-Service (NFaaS) over virtualised Network/IT infrastructures. T-NOVA leverages and enhances cloud management architectures for the elastic provision and (re-) allocation of IT resources assigned to the hosting of Network Functions. It also exploits and extends Software Defined Networking platforms for efficient management of the network infrastructure.

Furthermore, in order to facilitate the involvement of diverse actors in the NFV scene and attract new market entrants, T-NOVA establishes a “NFV Marketplace”, in which network services and Functions by several developers can be published and brokered/traded. Via the Marketplace, customers can browse and select the services and virtual appliances which best match their needs, as well as negotiate the associated SLAs and be charged under various billing models. A novel business case for NFV is thus introduced and promoted.

T-NOVA is an Integrated Project co-funded by the European Commission / 7th Framework Programme, Grant Agreement no. 619520. Its duration is 36 months (January 2014 – December 2016).

Medianetlab entering SDN and NFV Era

Medianet Lab will lead and coordinate FP7 Integrated Project T-NOVA that was submitted in ICT Call 11 (FP7-ICT-2013-11) at Objective ICT-2013.1.1.: Future Networks.

T-NOVA project plans to exploit the emerging concept of Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), migrating network functions originally performed by hardware elements to virtualised infrastructures, deployed as software components. T-NOVA allows operators not only to deploy virtualized Network Functions (NFs) for their own needs, but also to offer them to their customers, as value-added services. T-NOVA leverages and enhances cloud management architectures for the elastic provision and (re-) allocation of IT resources assigned to the hosting of Network Functions. It also exploits and extends Software Defined Networking (SDN) platforms for efficient management of the network infrastructure. Furthermore T-NOVA establishes a “NFV Marketplace”, in which network services and Functions by several developers can be published and brokered/traded. Via the Marketplace, customers can browse and select the services and virtual appliances which best match their needs, as well as negotiate the associated SLAs and be charged under various billing models. A novel business case for NFV is thus introduced and promoted.

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Job opening

In the frame of a European research project on Network Function Virtualisation to be soon launched, we are seeking a

Network Engineer

with the following qualifications:

  • BSc and MSc degrees
  • Specialisation in Programmable Networks (SDN/Openflow)
  • Mastering of L1-L4 protocols
  • Linux administration
  • Fluent use of Greek and English
  • Proficient reporting skills

Also appreciated:

  • PhD degree
  • Software development skills (C++/Python)

Send your CV to: info [at] medianetlab.gr

Career Opportunities

The Media Networks Laboratory of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, NCSR “Demokritos” (http://www.medianetlab.gr) is seeking collaboration with an Research Assistant in the frame of EU-funded research projects in the fields of Mobile Application Development Read more

Media Networks Laboratory co-organized TEMU 2012

Media Networks Laboratory in association with TEI of Crete co-organized the International Conference on Telecommunications and Multimedia (TEMU2012), held in Heraklion, Crete from 30.7.2012 to 1.8.2012. TEMU2012 was organized under the Technical Co-Sponsorship of IEEE Communications Society. The conference provided a three-day Scientific Program, including presentations of invited and regular papers from manufacturers, operators, services providers, academia and research institutes, as well as from policy-makers and stakeholders.

SAM – SNMP monitoring framework

Medianet Lab released as an OpenSource project the SNMP active monitoring framework (SAM) source code. The development is currently undergo in the frame of ICT-ALICANTE FP7 Project. You can find out more here. The current implementation is based on One-Way Ping [link] and NET-SNMP [link] OpenSource projects.

TEMU 2012 – 5th Int. Conf. on Telecommunications and Multimedia

The 5th Int. Conf. on Telecommunications and Multimedia (TEMU 2012), organised by TEI Crete and supported by NCSR “Demokritos”/MNL is to take place in Heraklion, Crete, July 30 – August 1, 2012. TEMU is technically co-sponsored by IEEE/Communications Society and conference proceedings will be included in IEEE Xplore.

TEMU2012 is an International conference to present new and original research results and the latest state-of-the-art in Telecommunications and Multimedia. It fosters communication and discussion among researchers, scientists and students working in the design, implementation and application of telecommunications and multimedia fields. The conference will provide a three-day Scientific Program, including presentations of invited and regular papers from manufacturers, operators, services providers, academia and research institutes, as well as from policy-makers and stakeholders.

MNL also co-organises the 2nd Workshop on Multimedia-Aware Networking (WoMAN 2012) in the frame of TEMU 2012.

Visit the TEMU and WoMAN sites at http://www.ieee-temu.org/ and http://www.temu.gr/Special%20Sessions.html.

Panel Session at Future Internet Assembly

In the frame of ICT-ALICANTE, MNL is organising a panel session at Future Internet Assembly (May 10-11, Aalborg, Denmark). The session is co-organised with Blekinge Institute of Technology and University of Zurich. Session topic is: “Novel Networking and Relationship with Applications; the Value of Information Flows between Applications and Networks”. Check it out at http://www.future-internet.eu/home/future-internet-assembly/aalborg-may-2012/13-novel-networking-and-relationship-with-applications.html!

New website for FP7/ICT-ALICANTE

The ICT-ALICANTE FP7 research programme has a new website. Check it out at http://www.ict-alicante.eu!

Next Generation Technology Independent Interoperability of Emergency Services (GERYON)

Media Networks Laboratory is participating in the FP7/SEC GERYON Project, which has started on December 2011. GERYON will provide an unified answer to the problems that system integrators must face when interconnecting different emergency networks by bringing together and deploying in a specialised manner the common technical and operational logic regarding Identity Management, Security, Signalling, Transcoding and enhanced emergency services deployment. Instead of duplicating the same functionality in different gateways for each pair of technologies to be connected, GERYON will extract and unify the related management modules in a technology independent way and will provide mechanisms and interfaces for an easy deployment of new technology dependent interconnection gateways.

The role of NCSRD in the project is the deployment of the IMS infrastructure properly configured to support emergency services and the development of the respective management system over IMS.

For more information, please visit the project web site http://www.sec-geryon.eu/