Harilaos Koumaras EVOLVED-5G technical manager presented the conference paper entitled “Network Programmability Framework for Vertical Applications in the Beyond 5G Era on June 9th 2022. Programmability in 5G Core (5GC) enables operators to open telecom network capabilities and services to third-party developers, allowing them to establish innovative network-aware vertical applications. This openness is materialized through the 5G Service Based Architecture (SBA) that exposes the network intelligence to the vertical applications through standardized Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Building upon the application empowerment that the programmable APIs can offer unleashing new business potentials, the ecosystem of Network Applications (NetApps) emerges to stand as a facilitating middle-ware between the network and applications. This study presents the architectural and implementation aspects of an open all-encompassing framework for NetApps considering their entire spanning from their development to their final publication in the market. The paper has been created by Harilaos Koumaras (NCSR Demokritos, Greece); Dimitris Tsolkas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece); Javier Garcia Rodrigo (Telefónica I+D, Spain); David Artuñedo Guillen (Telefónica, Spain); Bruno Garcia (University of Malaga, Spain); Ricardo Marco (Atos Spain, Spain); Apostolis K. Salkintzis (Motorola, Greece); Dimitrios Fragkos (National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos (NCSRD) & University of Peloponnese, Greece); Georgios Makropoulos (NCSR Demokritos, Greece); Fotini Setaki (COSMOTE Mobile Telecommunications S.A. Greece, Greece); Almudena Diaz Zayas and Pedro Merino (University of Malaga, Spain); Vaios Koumaras (INFOLYSiS P. C., Greece); Paula Encinar Sanz (Atos Spain, Spain); Yannis Karadimas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens & Maggioli Spa, Greece).
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Alejandro Molina Sanchez from Telefonica presented the EVOLVED-5G conference paper entitled “Offering the 3GPP Common API Framework as Microservice to Vertical Industries” on June 9th 2022. The 3GPP Common API Framework (CAPIF) has been standardized to guarantee a unique reference model for API-based service provisioning in 3GPP systems. The great potential of such framework is currently revealed due to the need for interaction between vertical industries and mobile networks. Towards realizing the above-mentioned interaction, we describe key functional aspects of CAPIF by focusing on related functional entities and APIs. In addition, we implemented the CAPIF Core Function, i.e., the main entity of CAPIF, as an effort to set the basis for an ecosystem where developers from vertical industries can easily develop network-interacting applications. To facilitate any further contribution in the area, our CAPIF implementation follows the principles of microservice programming, and it is released (open source) together with a set of evaluation tests. The paper has been created by Alejandro Molina Sanchez (Telefónica I+D, Spain); Anastasios-Stavros Charismiadis and Dimitris Tsolkas (Fogus Innovations & Services, Greece); David Artuñedo Guillen (Telefónica, Spain); Javier Garcia Rodrigo (Telefónica I+D, Spain).
Harilaos Koumaras EVOLVED-5G technical manager presented the nature and the NetApp architecture of the EVOLVED-5G in the NetApp for Verticals Session of EuCNC 2022 on June 8, 2022. The session focused on discussing how NetApp empowers the verticals on-boarding on 5G and reinforce the fact that 5G is a platform and not a pipe. Different actors from diverse vertical domains will share their design and their interaction with the 5G platform owner. Through this session, we target to capture the take of the community on the level of interaction and trust that NetApp should support, the way services are provided to verticals, how NetApp simplifies the implementation and deployment of vertical systems at large scale etc.
Harilaos Koumaras (NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”) EVOLVED-5G’s Technical Manager presented the conference paper entitled “NEFSim: An Open Experimentation Framework Utilizing 3GPP’s Exposure Services” in the context of Session 8 of EUCNC 2022. Network Exposure Function (NEF) enables third-party application providers utilize the network capabilities and services that the 5G System offers. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) provides open standardized Application programming Interfaces (API) through NEF; however, a big gap appears in the market between mobile operators and service providers since no commercial solutions are available. In this context, the NEF’s standardized APIs offered by 3GPP are examined. As a result of this analysis an open-source simulator “NEFSim” is presented. NEFSim realizes the aspects of the NEF and enables application developers to experiment with the northbound APIs under a simulated, configurable environment. The paper has been created by Dimitrios Fragkos (National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos (NCSRD) & University of Peloponnese, Greece), Georgios Makropoulos, Anastasios Gogos and Harilaos Koumaras (NCSR Demokritos, Greece), Alexandros Kaloxylos (University of Peloponnese, Greece & The 5GIA, Belgium).
EVOLVED-5G partners from UMA submitted a conference paper entitled “Implementation and evaluation of the Multi-connection Tactile Internet Protocol and API” in the Next-Generation Tactile Internet (FlexNGIA 2022) of IEEE Communications Society. In this paper you may learn about how tactile Internet defines applications for remotely controlling and manipulating critical devices that require perceived real-time operation with additional demanding requirements like reliability. These use cases with stringent requirements demand adequate transport protocols to take advantage of the underlying possibilities. Traditional transport-layer solutions like TCP and UDP are no longer sufficient, hence novel protocols are being developed to support these applications. In this paper, we present an implementation and evaluation of the Multi-connection Tactile Internet Protocol (MTIP), a transport layer proposal to support these communications. MTIP uses application and network status information to perform an intelligent selection of paths in order to improve reliability and latency. In our evaluations, we study how the different configurations of the MTIP algorithm affect this selection and we see a direct trade-off where, with more restrictive thresholds, MTIP can increase the packets received correctly at the cost of sending extra duplicate packets. You may learn more about the paper here: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1647527&dswid=7895. You may also find information about the event here: https://www.flexngia.net/workshop-flexngia-2022
The 2022 EuCNC & 6G Summit builds on putting together two successful conferences in the area of telecommunications: EuCNC (European Conference on Networks and Communications), supported by the European Commission, and the 6G Summit, originated from the 6G Flagship programme in Finland, one of the very first in its area. The conference is sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society and by the European Association for Signal Processing, and focuses on all aspects of telecommunications ranging from 5G deployment and mobile IoT to 6G exploration and future communications systems and networks, including experimentation and testbeds, and applications and services. It brings together cutting-edge research and world-renown industries and businesses, globally attracting in the last years more than 1 300 delegates from more than 40 countries all over the world, to present and discuss the latest results, and an exhibition with more than 70 exhibitors, for demonstrating the technology developed in the area, namely within research projects from EU R&I programmes.The conference is intended to be held for in-person attendance, with remote attendance in a Hybrid mode; however, given the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference format may change, since safety and well-being of all conference participants is our top priority. The conference has a not-for-profit organisation, hence, registration fees are as low as possible and all surplus will be made available in grants. Best Papers and Booth Awards will be granted. Accepted and presented papers for regular sessions will be published in the Conference Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore and other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.
EVOLVED-5G project will be represented through a presentation in the ICT-41 related session and with 3 different accepted papers. Stay tuned for more!
You may access more information about the event here: https://www.eucnc.eu/
Fofy Setaki (COSMOTE) EVOLVED-5G partner, took part and presented “EVOLVED-5G: The NetApps Certification Framework” in the “5G Innovations for Vertical Third Party Services & Smart Connectivity Beyond 5G” session of the InfoCom World 2021 conference which took place on 24-26 of November 2021 in Athens. In this presentation she shared information about the purpose, the architecture and the NetApp ecosystem of the EVOLVED-5G project. You may learn more about the event here: https://infocomworld.gr/
EVOLVED-5G partners, Cedric Kervegant, Julien Castet, Juliette Vauchez, Charles Bailly from IMMERSION released a research paper entitled: “Distant Assist Cursor (DAC): Designing an Augmented Reality System to Facilitate Remote Collaboration for Novice Users” in the context of ACM ISS 2021. You may access the paper and all related information online here: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3447932.3490520
EVOLVED-5G partners presented the conference paper entitled “An open source 5G experimentation testbed” on the context of IEEE MeditCom 2021 which took place in Athens on 7-10 September 2021.
EVOLVED-5G partner Dimitrios Fragkos (NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”) presented the conference paper entitled “5G Vertical Application Enablers Implementation Challenges and Perspectives ” on the context of IEEE MeditCom 2021 which took place in Athens on 7-10 September 2021.
Experimentation and Validation Openness for Long-term evolution of VErtical inDustries in 5G era and beyond
Type of action: Innovation Action
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 1 January 2021
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101016608