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Superfluidity: a super-fluid, cloud-native, converged edge system

Superfluidity: a super-fluid, cloud-native, converged edge system

Objective

Superfluidity is “a state in which matter behaves like a fluid with zero viscosity”. Our project aims at achieving superfluidity in the network: the ability to instantiate services on-the-fly, run them anywhere in the network (core, aggregation, edge) and shift them transparently to different locations.
The SUPERFLUIDITY project tackles crucial shortcomings in today’s networks: long provisioning times, with wasteful over-provisioning used to meet variable demand; reliance on rigid and cost-ineffective hardware devices; daunting complexity emerging from three forms of heterogeneity: heterogeneous traffic and sources; heterogeneous services and needs; and heterogeneous access technologies, with multi-vendor network components.
The SUPERFLUIDITY solution is based on: a decomposition of network components and services into elementary and reusable primitives; a native, converged cloud-based architecture; the virtualization of radio and network processing tasks; platform-independent abstractions, permitting reuse of network functions across heterogeneous hardware platforms, while catering to the vendors’ need for closed platforms/implementations; and high performance software optimizations along with leveraging of hardware accelerators.
As a result, the 5G network will benefit from: i) location-independence: network services deployable in heterogeneous networks; ii) time-independence: near instantaneous deployment and migration of services; iii) scale-independence: transparent service scalability; and iv) hardware-independence: development and deployment of services with high performance irrespective of the underlying hardware.
Through these properties, SUPERFLUIDITY will provide a converged cloud-based 5G concept that will enable innovative use cases in the mobile edge, empower new business models, and reduce investment and operational costs.
The SUPERFLUIDITY consortium gathers an impressive and uncommon blend of Telco and IT players that can make its vision a reality.

Coordinator

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE TELECOMUNICAZIONI

Address

Viale G. P. Usberti 181a
43124 Parma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 823 122

Participants (18)

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NOKIA BELL LABS FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 608 856

ALCATEL-LUCENT ISRAEL LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 650 000

BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 328 750

CITRIX ELLAS MONOPROSOPI ETAIRIA PERIORISMENIS EVTHINIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 709 375

E-BLINK

France

EU Contribution

€ 30 400

INTEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IRELAND LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 687 000

NEC EUROPE LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 113 741,14

ONAPP LIMITED

Gibraltar

EU Contribution

€ 587 500

ALTICE LABS SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 319 500

RED HAT ISRAEL LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 615 000

TELCARIA IDEAS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 249 750

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 271 778

UNIFIED STREAMING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 233 750

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 355 875

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 284 500

UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 287 500

NEC LABORATORIES EUROPE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 588 216,86

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 671566

  • Start date

    1 July 2015

  • End date

    31 March 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 894 615

  • EU contribution

    € 7 894 614

Coordinated by:

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE TELECOMUNICAZIONI

Italy