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Unifying Cloud and Carrier Networks

Unifying Cloud and Carrier Networks

Objective

Telecom providers struggle with low service flexibility, increasing complexity and related costs. Although cloud computing and networking have been two very active fields of research, there is currently little integration between the vast networking assets and data centres of telecom providers. UNIFY addresses this by considering the entire network, from home networks up to data centre, as a "unified production environment". The unified approach will open up the potential of virtualization, programmability / automation to span across the whole infrastructure of the provider and guarantee an unprecedented level of agility for network operations and for deploying new, secure and quality of experience aware services, seamlessly instantiatable across the entire infrastructure. This will lead to a novel service-oriented carrier-grade platform for the Future Internet and brings virtualized services in the most efficient, secure and quality-aware way to the end-users.UNIFY focuses on enablers of such unified production environment and will develop an automated, dynamic service creation platform, leveraging a fine-granular service chaining architecture. A service abstraction model and a proper service creation language will enable the dynamic and automatic placement of networking, computing and storage components across the infrastructure. A global orchestrator, which novel optimization algorithms, ensures the optimal placement of the elementary service components across the entire infrastructure. New management technologies, based on experience from data centre and tightly integrated into the service orchestration architecture, will be developed and cope with the dynamicity of new services. The applicability of a universal network node based on commodity hardware will be evaluated in order to support both network functions and traditional data centre workloads, while the possible hardware acceleration that might be needed to support future workloads will be investigated.
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Coordinator

ERICSSON MAGYARORSZAG KOMMUNIKACIOS RENDSZEREK K.F.T.

Address

Konyves Kalman Korut 11 B Ep
1097 Budapest

Hungary

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 388 552

Administrative Contact

Andras Csaszar (Dr.)

Participants (15)

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INTEL CORPORATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 149 789

IMINDS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 552 900

TRAVELPING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 326 280

BISDN GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 332 280

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 323 600

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 437 167

EUROPEAN CENTER FOR INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 466 000

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 335 472

HELLENIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION S.A. - OTE AE (ORGANISMOS TILEPIKOINONION TIS ELLADOS OTE AE)

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 152 664

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 468 060

TELECOM ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 318 419

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 414 300

RISE SICS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 706 983

ERICSSON AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 477 088

RISE ACREO AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 701 446

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 619609

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 July 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 370 225

  • EU contribution

    € 6 551 000

Coordinated by:

ERICSSON MAGYARORSZAG KOMMUNIKACIOS RENDSZEREK K.F.T.

Hungary