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VirtuWind Report Summary

Project ID: 671648
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.1.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - VirtuWind (Virtual and programmable industrial network prototype deployed in operational Wind park)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Issue addressed in the project:
Green, renewable Energy is fundamental to European growth. A large portion of this will come from wind energy. Reducing the production costs of wind energy will accelerate this technology and its adoption. Being capital intensive, the future of renewable energy resources, especially wind energy, will depend on the ability of this industry to continue to achieve cost reductions over time to compete with conventional energy resources.

Importance for Society:
By envisioning lower capital expenditure and operational expenditure costs in control network infrastructure, VirtuWind will play an important role in assisting wind energy sector to achieve cost reductions. To this end, VirtuWind’s strong collaborative partners will define and execute pilot tests in an operational wind park by mid of 2018. VirtuWind will advance the development of QoS enabled Software Defined Networks in an industrial environment and establish Europe as competence centre for these technologies. VirtuWind proposes radical changes via innovative application of SDN & NFV in reducing capital invest in turbine control components and reduces operations & maintenance costs over the lifetime of the turbines. Simplified installation, operation and maintenance via centralized, highly available and secure control are the key unique selling propositions of this project.

Overall objectives:
The main aim of VirtuWind is to develop a SDN & NFV ecosystem for industrial domains, based on open, modular, and secure communication framework, leading to a prototype demonstration for intra-domain and inter-domain scenarios in real wind parks as a representative use case of industrial networks, and quantify the economic benefits of the solution. The objectives of the project are:
- Objective 1: Realize industrial-grade QoS for intra-domain SDN solution
- Objective 2: Guarantee inter-domain QoS for SDN based multi-operator ecosystem
- Objective 3: Reduce time and cost for service provisioning and network maintenance
- Objective 4: Assure security-by-design for the SDN and NFV ecosystem
- Objective 5: Field trial of intra- and inter-domain SDN and NFV prototype
- Objective 6: Collaborate with related 5G-PPP projects and contribute to relevant standards

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"Reporting period: 01.07.2015 - 30.09.2015

WP1:
○ Kick-Off meeting was held 09./10. July 2015 in Munich
○ Next (2nd) consortium meeting will be 25./26. November in London
○ Deliverables D 1.2, D1.3, D1.4 in preparation
○ Established regular (monthly) TMC calls
○ Participated in 5G PPP event (5G PPP SB/TB meeting)
○ Iniitated VirtuWind participation in 5G PPP working groups (5G Vision and Societal Challenges, 5G Pre-standards, Software Networks)

WP2:
○ Provide guidance, tools and templates for creating and writing use cases
○ Monitor Performance of Use Case progression and providing feedback in weekly meetings
○ Published weekly meeting minutes to facilitate follow up actions and to record historical log of events for Task 2.1
○ Created a Project plan with  clear tasks and activities with interim deliverables in order to ensure we met our overall D2.1 Deliverable deadline.
○ Facilitated  and completed Use Case reviews by the Consortium Members  and the PCC board.

Task 2.1 
○ Collected 12 use case provided by consortium partners
○ Initial requirement collection base on the use case collection
○ Preliminary set of VirtuWind solution requirements has been created based on “Classification” and “Scenario” criteria, and is proposed as input to Task 2.2 and Task 2.3.
○ Created and submitted Deliverable D2.1
 
WP6:
○ Regular audio calls are set up for all working group members
○ Table of content for dissemination plan developed and discussed
○ 1. Draft of Dissemination plan expected Nov. 1st
Task 6.1
○ Currently only in monitoring of tasks as first results and output are required for detailed work
○ the first workshop will be set up for  M12 (summer 2016)
Task 6.2
○ Started list of planned dissemination venues / events where VirtuWind should be present
○ Dissemination events collected
○ website for Virtuwind is up and running
○ Flyer/leaflet/poster design started
○ provision of a fact sheet for VirtuWind in preparation
 
Task 6.3
○ Preparation of VirtuWind for standardization activities during the project runtime
○ Collection of VirtuWind partner standardization relationships in order to identify standardization bodies where VirtuWind could contribute in an efficient way
○ Documentation/collection of all upcoming standardization activities

Achievements / Output:
○ Deliverable 2.1 released 30.09.2015 & submitted to EC

Open questions & risks
○ Planning for MWC 2016 demo started (open questions to be discussed with EC)

Reporting period: 01.10.2015 - 31.12.2015

WP1:
○ (2nd) consortium meeting conducted 25./26. November in London
○ VirtuWind project consortium released and accepted Project Quality Management Plan, Innovation Management Plan, and Data Management Plan.
○ 1st technical workshop on VirtuWind Architecture and Scenarios prepared (conducted on14th and 15th January 2016).
○ Submitted the following WP1 related deliverables:
○ D1.2: Project Quality Management Plan (QMP)
○ D1.3: Innovation Management Plan (IMP)
○ D1.4: Data Management Plan
○ Regular participation in 5G PPP SB and TB sync calls
○ D1.1 in preparation – see open question.

WP2:
General:
○ Weekly meetings ensured proper monitoring of performance and progression of the Tasks and results and decisions are kept in weekly minutes
○ Created a work plan for each task leader to help outline activities and key deliverables to ensure we remain on plan, the plan also illustrates interdependencies between tasks

Deliverable 2.2 (chapter 2 and 3)
○ Chapter 2 & 3 2 D2.2 solid draft complete and ready for internal partner review
○ Key achievements included in the deliverable
○ Consolidated list of Virtuwind requirements categorized by interfaces
○ High level architecture draft design of overall system architecture
○ Initiated work on design considerations of architecture blocks and requirements mapping to architecture components

Deliverable 2.4:
○ Created initial draft of D2.4
○ Key achievements included in the draft:
○ Techno-economic framework defined
○ Initial scenarios and input parameters
○ High level cost model approach defined

WP6:
○ bi-weekly audio calls to align al WP6 activities, incl. MWC 2016 planning
○ Deliverable 6.1 “Dissemination Plan” has been created. D6.1 was screened by WP6 and PCC. Planned submission to EU on 31/12/2015 has been postponed according to missing content identified in the last version of D6.1. New D6.1 submission to EU is scheduled for end of January 2016.
○ Planning and preparation of VirtuWind participation on the Mobile World Congress 2016 (EU booth) is ongoing.

Task 6.1
○ Pending: Currently only in monitoring of tasks as first results and output are required for detailed work.
○ Pending: The first workshop will be set up for M12 (summer 2016).

Task 6.2
○ List of planned dissemination venues / events where VirtuWind should be present updated.
○ Website www.virtuwind.eu updated.
○ Fact sheet for VirtuWind created which is available on the website.
○ MWC 2016 preparation
○ Story line for demonstration created
○ Story line for video created
○ Setup of demo in progress
○ Video production started with external company

Task 6.3
○ Identification of additional standardization bodies/groups which could be of relevance for VirtuWind (mentioned in D6.1).
○ Ongoing: Preparation of VirtuWind for standardization activities during the project runtime.
○ Ongoing: Collection of VirtuWind partner standardization relationships in order to identify standardization bodies where VirtuWind could contribute in an efficient way.
○ Ongoing: Documentation/collection of all upcoming standardization activities.

Achievements / Output:
○ Deliverable D1.2: Project Quality Management Plan (QMP) released 21.12.2015 & submitted to EC
○ Deliverable D1.3: Innovation Management Plan (IMP) released 21.12.2015 & submitted to EC
○ Deliverable D1.4: Data Management Plan released 21.12.2015 & submitted to EC

Reporting period: 01.01.2016 - 31.03.2016
WP1:
○ 1st technical workshop on VirtuWind Architecture and Scenarios conducted in January 2016 (in Munich).
○ 3rd consortium meeting prepared (scheduled for April in Heraklion)
○ 2nd technical workshop prepared (co-located to 3rd consortium meeting)
○ Regular VirtuWind TMC calls for cross-WP and inter-project synchronization (monthly)
○ Close alignment between WP3 and WP4 leads ensured (regular joint preparation and sync calls before WP3 & WP4 start) in order to maximize synergies and avoid “double work”.
○ Regular participation in 5G PPP SB and TB sync calls
○ 5G PPP interaction, alignment and planning for MWC 2016 project demonstration (technical details see WP6)
○ D1.1 finalized and submitted.
WP2:
○ Completed deliverable D2.2 as planned 29/02/16 which includes
○ Consolidated list of VirtuWind requirements
○ High level architecture draft design of overall system architecture
○ Initial work on design considerations of architecture blocks
○ D2.3 work in progress (no delays expected)
○ T2.4 and D2.4 work in progress (no delays expected)
WP3:
○ WP3 started after D2.2 “High level and the overall system architecture (first draft)” was submitted. There was a small delay with respect to starting technical contributions due to involvement of all subject matter in finalization of deliverable D2.2.
Nevertheless, organizational and administrative issues were already clarifies and WP3 could be started immediately after WP2 deliverable submission - the delay is not critical and we expect to recover already in the next reporting period.
○ Task 3.1: Segmentation into clusters of problem statements / challenges started; state-of-the-art analysis started.
○ Contributions for 2nd technical workshop planned and preparations started.
WP4:
○ WP3 started after D2.2 “High level and the overall system architecture (first draft)” was submitted. There was a small delay with respect to starting technical contributions due to involvement of all subject matter in finalization of deliverable D2.2.
Nevertheless, the delay is not critical and we expect to recover already in the next reporting period.
○ Work Package organization and planning & Implementation framework definition (procedures and tools)
○ Started State of the Art analysis for inter-domain architectures, protocols and implementations
○ Started technology scouting on available open-source SDN Controllers
WP6:
○ regular (bi-weekly) WP-internal synchronization (minutes and ToDo lists and all working material available on repository)
○ Prepared contributions for 3rd consortium meeting in Heraklion in April 2016
○ Deliverable 6.1 “Dissemination Plan” has been finalized and submitted.
○ Deliverable 6.2 in preparation
○ Successful VirtuWind participation on the Mobile World Congress 2016 (EU booth).
Task 6.1
○ Created draft ToC for D6.2 “Initial plan for impact creation and exploitation”, to be presented and discussed during 3rd consortium meeting.
Task 6.2
○ List of planned dissemination venues / events where VirtuWind should/can be present are constantly updated.
○ Website www.virtuwind.eu updated. WP 6 works on a set of website improvements
○ Fact sheet for VirtuWind created which is available on the website.
○ Dissemination material stored for re-usage
Task 6.3
○ Cont. identification of additional standardization bodies/groups which could be of relevance for VirtuWind
○ Ongoing: Preparation of VirtuWind for standardization activities during the project runtime.
○ Ongoing: Collection of VirtuWind partner standardization relationships in order to identify standardization bodies where VirtuWind could contribute in an efficient way.
○ Ongoing: Documentation/collection of all upcoming standardization activities.
○ Active content provision for standardization activities in 6.2
Achievements / Output:
○ Deliverable “D1.1: Periodic project plan updates” released and submitted to EC
○ Deliverable “D2.2: High level and the overall system architecture (first draft)” released and submitted to EC
○ Deliverable “D6.1: Dissemination Plan” released and submitted to EC
○ VirtuWind demonstration at Mobile World Congress 2016, Barcelona
○ Requirements for Milestone “M1 Use cases and requirements defined” declaration accomplished (D2.1 & D2.2 submitted).
Open Question to PO:
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Reporting period: 01.04.2016 - 31.06.2016
WP1:
○ Conducted 3rd consortium meeting in April
○ Conducted 2nd technical workshop in April
○ Regular VirtuWind TMC calls for cross-WP and inter-project synchronization (monthly)
○ Regular participation in 5G PPP SB and TB sync calls
○ Started preparation for 4th consortium meeting (to be scheduled in July @Intel/Shannon)
○ Started preparation for year 1 report, as well as for D1.5 and D1.8
○ Submission Deadline for D1.5, D1.8 clarified with PO and set to mid August in order to have the financial statements completed (financial number for reporting period are only available beginning of August)
WP2:
○ Conducted on-site measurements in wind park regarding the ""State of the Art"" analysis.
○ Completed Deliverable D2.3 “Field Trial Scenarios KPIs and methodology definition” on plan.
○ The document presents the list of key performance indicators (KPIs) that will be used to measure the effectiveness of the network developed by the VirtuWind project.
○ it provides inputs to WP3, WP4 and WP5.
○ Deliverable D2.4 “Techno-economic framework and cost models” currently in internal review process.
○ Ongoing development and design of final architecture (input for D2.5 “High level and the overall system architecture”)
WP3:
○ WP3 active with task 3.1. Planning for T3.2 (scheduled start 01.07.2016) started.
○ Task 3.1:
○ Work on sub-topics started
○ Preparation of architecture feedback to WP2 ongoing – feedback to WP2 expected by end of July.
○ Technical sessions on T3.1 related topics conducted during 2nd technical workshop.
WP4:
○ WP4 active with task 4.1. Planning for T3.2 (scheduled start 01.07.2016) started
○ Task 4.1:
○ Finalization of State of the Art analysis
○ Finalization of inter-domain high-level architectures
○ Ongoing external interfaces' procedures and semantics definition
○ Ongoing inter-domain mechanisms' specification
○ Finalization of implementation framework procedures and tools
○ Initial release planning
WP6:
○ Database stores all minutes and ToDo lists as well as all material collected or set-up in WP 6
○ Support of consortium meeting by organizing exploitation workshop and preparation of status presentation for VirtuWind project review meeting in Shannon in Juli 2017
○ Deliverable 6.2 submitted
○ Decision taken to participate in the 5 G Global Summit in Rome, November 9th – 11th, 2016
○ Website updated
Task 6.1
○ D6.2 “Initial plan for impact creation and exploitation” created and submitted.
○ 1st Exploitation workshop prepared (will be conducted during 3rd consortium meeting)
Task 6.2
○ Ongoing update of stared list of planned dissemination venues / events where VirtuWind should/can be present are constantly updated.
○ Ongoing Website www.virtuwind.eu update. WP 6 group decided on a set of website improvements
○ Dissemination material stored for re-usage
○ 5GPPP activities are actively promoted to VirtuWind members
○ Virtuwind participation in ETSI 5G summit
○ Submission of EUCNC paper
○ Submission of VirtuWind contribution to 5G Annual Journal
○ ERCIM journal article accepted for publication

Task 6.3
○ Identification of additional standardization bodies/groups which could be of relevance for VirtuWind
○ Ongoing: Preparation of VirtuWind for standardization activities during the project runtime.
○ Ongoing: Collection of VirtuWind partner standardization relationships in order to identify standardization bodies where VirtuWind could contribute in an efficient way.
○ Ongoing: Documentation/collection of all upcoming standardization activities.
○ Active content provision for standardization activities in D 6.2
○ Started draft of IETF contribution (VirtuWind use case).

Achievements / Output:
○ Measurements and capturing of technical parameters of existing wind park deployment taken in workshop in the VirtuWind trial wind park in Brande.
○ Deliverable “D2.3: Field Trial Scenarios KPIs and methodology definition” released and submitted to EC
○ Deliverable “D6.2: Initial plan for impact creation and exploitation” released and submitted to EC

Open Question to PO:
○ how to handle content overlap of year 1 report, D1.5, and D1.8: While preparing the project plan in 2014 it was assumed that it is necessary to report about project plan updates in a separate deliverable. Thus we included D1.8 in the proposal. The template for the year 1 report now covers these issues as well.
So we will have redundant information as the year 1 report will contain D1.5, as well as D1.8. How should we handle that?"

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

○ SDN controller architecture for industrial networks
○ SDN and NFV interaction for industrial networks
○ Programmability and re-configurability of the industrial networks
○ Proactive and reactive security for industrial networks
○ Multi-tenant architecture supporting different stakeholders requirements

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