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This page provides a list of Research activities that are using or contributing to OSM. Click on the logos for additional details.

5GCity.png Space.png 5GCity is a 5GPPP Phase2 project, which is defining and building a platform that allows a city’s ICT infrastructure to be used for neutral hosting in a distributed and multi-tenant Cloud-to-Edge environment. This platform uses orchestration and service programming to integrate 5G services administered by a neutral host. These 5G services will be used by municipalities to host Smart City services, by Virtual Network Operators (VNO) to extend their networks, and by additional third party providers such as media or automotive verticals to offer innovative services to their customers.

5GCity plans to contribute and extend ETSI OSM in several directions:

  • Slice Manager functionality in line with 5GCity slice Information Models.
  • An Infrastructure Abstraction component able to connect OSM to Edge and Extended Edge VIMs.
  • Define the usage of the OSM NBI to connect "neutral hosting"-oriented Dashboard and SDK to the orchestration platform.
  • Integration of OSM with ETSI MEC by using a thin layer on top of the two orchestrators (NFVO and MEC-O), pre-processing and dispatching the Services to one of the two according to appropriate descriptor extensions.

Project Partners: Ajuntament de Barcelona, University of Bristol, Citta di Lucca, Accelleran, ADLINK, Beteve, Comunicare Digitale, i2CAT, Incites Consulting, Italtel, MOG, NEC, Nextworks, Rai, Retevision, Ubiwhere, Virtual Open Systems, Wind Tre

5Gessence.png Space.png 5G ESSENCE is a 5G PPP Phase2 research and innovation project that addresses the paradigms of Edge Cloud Computing and Small Cell as a Service.

The proposed architecture enables high-performance virtualisation techniques for data isolation, latency reduction and resource efficiency, by orchestrating lightweight virtual resources, enabling efficient Virtualized Network Function placement and live migration.

5G ESSENCE project has selected ETSI OSM as orchestrator for the platform. It uses OpenStack as VIM and OpenDaylight as SDN controller. 5G ESSENCE is working on OSM adoption for guest optimization techniques, i.e., Unikernels as VMs.

Project Partners: Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A., NEC Laboratories Europe, Intel Research and Development Ireland Limited, Zodiac Inflight Innovations, ATOS Spain S.A., IS-Wireless, Wind TRE S.p.A., Athonet SRL, Fundació i2CAT, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), CREATE-NET (Center for Research and Telecommunication Experimentation for Networked Communities), Smart Mobile Labs GmbH, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, CapriTech Limited, British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Thales Communications & Security SAS, ITALTEL S.P.A., ORION Innovations, Universidad del Pais Vasco/ Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (EHU), EIGHT BELLS LTD, Municipality of Egaleo, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH, Casa Communications Technology

5GINFIRE-logo3.png Space.png 5GinFIRE is a three-year project under the EU programme Horizon 2020, which started on January 2017. The project aspires to establish a NFV-enabled experimental testbed for 5G technologies, capable of instantiating and supporting vertical industries based on industry-leading and open source technologies. The core testbed is distributed across different locations, including Spain, Portugal, UK and Greece, and other facilities across Europe will be integrated. In 5GinFIRE, ETSI OSM plays a significant role, being chosen as the open source solution to provide the management and orchestration functionalities for the NV experimentation platform. Being framed under the EU FIRE initiative, half of the project budget is dedicated to third parties (experimenters and 5G experimental facilities owners/operators), which will be selected through the planned 5GINFIRE Open Calls.

5GinFIRE is currently contributing to OpenSourceMANO in several directions:

  • Widening the configuration options for VNFs (e.g., through Ansible).
  • Exploring the means for integrating SFC technologies into the OSM orchestration services.
  • Security enhancements through the application of Keystone.
  • Exploring the application of OSM in new 5G vertical markets, such as ITS and eHealth.
  • Analyzing and testing novel disruptive use cases of network service orchestration and, in particular, extending the 5G programable network infrastructure over delimited areas using networks of micro-drones.

Project Partners: Eurescom, B-COM, Easy Global Market, Instituto de Telecomunicações. Telefonica I+D, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, University of Bristol, University of Patras, Universidad Federal de Uberlandia, University of São Paulo

5G-MEDIA.png Space.png 5G-MEDIA is a 5G-PPP Phase 2 project that is working to integrate media-industry applications with the underlying 5G programmable service platform based on SDN/NFV technologies. The 5G-MEDIA Service Virtualization Platform (SVP) includes components of the ETSI MANO architecture and specifically we have selected ETSI OSM for the functions related to Service and Resource orchestration on top of three types of VIMs (OpenStack, OpenNebula and Apache OpenWhisk).

In particular, the 5G-MEDIA team is working on orchestration and lifecycle management of NS(s) and VNF(s) for media services, from which potential contributions to OSM can originate:

  • VIM plugin for OpenNebula
  • VIM plugin for the serverless cloud platform OpenWhisk
  • A generic App & Service catalogue to interface to multiple NFVOs, capable of managing standard formats for descriptors (ETSI NFV SOL004, ETSI NFV SOL001) via standard aligned APIs (ETSI NFV SOL005) and collect catalogue elements from multiple service providers, each with its own specialised offer of VNF(s) and NS(s)
  • Integration of OpenID Connect as a standard authentication protocol to support a single Identity Provider and multiple resource providers scenario with authentication based on the user profile information
  • Extensions for Function as a Service emulation in vim-emu

Project Partners: Engineering, IBM, Singular Logic, OTE, rTVE, University College London (UCL), Telefonica I+D, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), IRT, Nextworks, CERTH/ITI, NETAS, Interinnov, BitTubes, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos"

5Gtango.png Space.png 5Gtango is a 5GPPP Phase2 Innovation Action that enables the flexible programmability of 5G networks with:

a) an NFV-enabled Service Development Kit (SDK);

b) a Store platform with advanced validation and verification mechanisms for VNFs/Network Services qualification (including 3rd party contributions); and,

c) a modular Service Platform with an innovative orchestrator in order to bridge the gap between business needs and network operational management systems.

5Gtango has contributing to ETSI OSM Rel FIVE with:

  • the support of novel packaging formats aligned with ETSI NFV SOL004.
  • IM improvements and a Slice Manager allowing the deployment of 5G Network Slices with OSM.

Project Partners: Atos, NEC, Altice Labs, Telefonica, Huawei, Nokia, University of Paderborn, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos", CTTC, imec, Weidmueller, Nurogames, Synelixis, University of Piraeus Research Center, Quobis, Easy Global Market, Ubitech

5Gtransformer.png Space.png 5G-TRANSFORMER is a 5G PPP Phase2 project that addresses the transformation of today’s rigid mobile transport networks into an SDN/NFV-based 5G Mobile Transport and Computing Platform (MTP) supporting the specific needs of vertical industries. Current considered verticals in 5G-TRANSFORMER are: automotive, eHealth, media & entertainment, cloud robotics and mobile virtual network operators (MVNO). In order to do so, 5G-TRANSFORMER proposes a novel architecture aligned with ETSI NFV Interface and Information Model Specifications (IFA) that defines four main building blocks: the Vertical Slicer (5GT-VS) as the vertical front-end and the common entry point for all verticals, the Service Orchestrator (5GT-SO) as the E2E service orchestration platform, the Mobile Transport and Computing Platform (5GT-MTP) as the underlying unified transport stratum for integrated fronthaul and backhaul networks, and the Monitoring platform (5GT-MON) in charge of service and performance monitoring. Our key technical solutions are (1) Network Slicing to enable the provisioning and managing slices tailored to the needs of different verticals; and (2) the aggregation and federation of transport networking and computing fabric, from the edge all the way to the core and cloud using efficient contextual Virtual Network Function placement algorithms for dynamic deployment of multi-site network services while satisfying the specific demanding requirements of vertical industries.

The 5G-TRANSFORMER project has selected OpenSourceMANO (ETSI OSM) to be integrated within the 5GT-SO module to show the capabilities of this module to interoperate with multiple open source orchestration platforms and to exploit their services. More specifically, 5G- TRANSFORMER uses OSM as one of its MANO platforms inside the 5GT-SO to allow 5G- TRANSFORMER service providers to automatically deploy 5G network services providing the capability of managing their life-cycle over a distributed and multi-tenant Cloud infrastructure. OSM is integrated inside the Service Orchestrator through a wrapper to handle the network service workflow process and the translation/adaptation of network service descriptions and parameters as far as cloud resources are concerned. In this respect, it interacts with the underlying cloud resources that are then stitched with WAN and other cloud resources by the 5GT-SO.

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Project Partners: University Carlos III of Madrid, NEC Laboratories Europe, Ericsson, Atos Spain S.A, Nokia Networks, InterDigital, Telefonica I+D, Orange, Centro Richerche Fiat, Samur, BCom, Nextworks, Mirantis, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Politecnico di Torino, Eurecom, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA) and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

5G-Vinni.png Space.png 5G-VINNI is a 5GPPP Phase 3 project, started in July 2018. The project is committed to leverage the latest 5G technologies, including results from previous 5GPPP phases, employing advanced network virtualization, slicing, radio and core technologies. In addition a rigorous automated testing campaign will be employed to validate 5G under various combinations of technologies and network loads.

5G-VINNI will be run at four main sites located in Norway, UK, Spain and Greece. In addition, experimental sites will be established in Germany and Portugal. Open APIs will be provided in order to ensure easy access to the 5G-VINNI facility ans ETSI OSM is one of the NFV orchestration engines of choice.

5G-VINNI plans to contribute to OSM in several ways:

  • With direct applicability experience in the deployment of 5G end-to-end services
  • With the feedback from vertical users in realistic 5G and slicing scenarios
  • With results of the integration of automated testing into the OSM stack

Project Partners: Telenor ASA, British Telecommunications PLC (BT), Telefonica I+D, Samsung Electronics, Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GMBH, Huawei Technologies Norway, Ericsson AS, Nokia Solutions And Networks OY, Softwate Radio Systems Limited, Lime Mycrosystems LTD, EANTC, Keysight Technologies, Simula Research Laboratory AS, Fraunhofer, Eurescom GMBH, Altice Labs SA, Panepistimio Patron, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Athens University of Economics and business - Research Center, Intracom SA Telecom Solutions, SES Techcom SA, Cisco Norway AS, Engineering – Ingegneria Informatica SPA

5tonic.png Space.png 5TONIC is an open research and innovation ecosystem for industry and academia to evaluate and demonstrate the capabilities and interoperation of experimental and pre-commercial 5G equipment, services and applications. It is currently structured in two main areas: the 5G Virtual Software Network Area, and the 5G Wireless Systems Area.

The 5G Virtual Software Network Area allows the development and advanced experimentation on Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Networking (SDN), security services, network control and management planes, cloud services, signalling and related areas. The 5G Wireless Systems Area focuses on the air interface, radio aspects, duplexing, multiplexing, media access control, spectrum, interference, mobility tracking, all based on a Multi-Radio Access Technology (multi-RAT) approach.

ETSI OSM is the orchestrator used for all experiments run in 5TONIC. The diverse nature of these experiments and the direct interaction with network users in many different vertical sectors are allowing us to validate features and identify requirements for the evolution of OpenSourceMANO

Project Partners: Telefonica, IMDEA Networks, Ericsson, Intel, Commscope, UC3M, Cohere, InterDigital, Altran, Red Hat, ASTI, IFEMA, Rohde & Schwarz, Luz WaveLabs, Saguna

Containernet.png Space.png Containernet is a fork of the famous Mininet network emulator and allows to use Docker containers as hosts in emulated network topologies. This enables interesting functionalities to build networking/cloud emulators and testbeds. One example for this is the NFV multi-PoP infrastructure emulator "vim-emu" which was created by the SONATA-NFV project and is now part of the OpenSource MANO (ETSI OSM) project. Besides this, Containernet is actively used by the research community, focusing on experiments in the field of cloud computing, fog computing, network function virtualization (NFV), and mobile edge computing (MEC).

Project Partners: Paderborn University

Metro-haul.png Space.png The overall Metro-Haul objective is to architect and design cost-effective, energy-efficient, agile and programmable metro networks that are scalable for 5G access and future requirements, encompassing the design of all-optical metro nodes (including full compute and storage capabilities), which interface effectively with both 5G access and multi-Tbit/s elastic core networks.

Metro-Haul project is contributing to ETSI OSM Rel FIVE a WAN Infrastructure Manager (WIM) plugin model that will enable the integration of different WAN control API technologies in the dynamic establishment of multi-site network services across WAN networks.

Project Partners: British Telecommunications, Telecom Italia, Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Telefonica I+D, University of Bristol, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per Le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT), Naudit High Performance Computing and Networking, Openlightcomm, Lexden Technologies, Zeetta Networks, Fraunhofer HHI, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), Coriant Portugal Unipessoal, Ericsson Telecomunicazioni, Adva Optical Networking, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France, Old Dog Consulting, SeeTech, Alcatel-Lucent Italia, Politecnico di Milano

Matilda.gif Space.png The vision of MATILDA is to design and implement a holistic 5G end-to-end services operational framework tackling the lifecycle of design, development and orchestration of 5G-ready applications and 5G network services over virtual and physical infrastructure, following a unified programmability model and a set of control abstractions. OpenSourceMANO (ETSI OSM) is the engine used for the orchestration of the 5G network services leveraging its multi-site management feature, allowing the cloud/edge computing. Matilda develops components at the OSS layer to deploy the 5G applications over network-aware dynamic slices, taking care of the placement of the components regarding the QoS/QoE required by the user.

Project Partners: Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT), Atos, Ericsson, Intrasoft, Cosmote Kinites Tilepikoinonies, Orange Romania, Exxpertsystems GMBH, Ubitech, Internet Institute Communications and Consulting, Incelligent Idiotiki Kefalaiouchiki Etaireia, Suite5 Data Intelligence Solutions, National Center for Scientific Research "DEMOKRITOS", University of Bristol, Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio, University of Piraeus Research Center, Italtel, Bremer Institut fuer Produktion und Logistik GMBH (BIBA)

NGPaaS.jpg Space.png The NGPaaS project envisages 5G as: a build-to-order platform, with components, features and performance, developed through a “Dev-for-Operations” model that extends the IT industry’s DevOps approach to support a multi-sided platform between operators, vendors and verticals; and with revised Operational and Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS) to reflect the new parameters and highly dynamic environment. NGPaaS adapts and makes compatible OpenSourceMano installation processes to the platform to allow operators to automatically deploy ETSI OSM providing the capability of managing their network services inside a telco PaaS.

Project Partners: Vertical M2M, Imec, Universitá degli Studi di Milano Bicocca (UNIMIB), British Telecom, Atos, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Virtual Open Systems (VoSys), Nokia, b<>com, Orange, Onapp, Nokia Bell Labs

NR5G.png Space.png NRG-5 is a 5G-PPP Phase 2 project aiming at developing a novel 5G PPP-compliant software framework specifically tailored to the energy domain, which combines
  1. trusted, scalable and lock-in free plug ‘n’ play support for a variety of constrained devices;
  2. 5G devices’ abstractions to demonstrate xMBB, uMTC and mMTC communications coupled with partially distributed, trusted, end-to-end security and machine-cloud-machine to enable secure, scalable and energy efficient communications;
  3. extended Mobile Edge Computing (xMEC) micro-clouds to reduce backhaul load, increase the overall network capacity and reduce delays, while facilitating the deployment of generic MTC related NFVs and utility-centric VNFs;
  4. extensions to OpenSourceMANO (ETSI OSM) predictive analytics framework to support automated, dynamic, elastic VNF reconfiguration. Extensive lab based validation will be complemented with real life demonstrations in two pilot sites (Italy, France) where proof-of-concept implementations for 5G-enabled electricity and gas distribution network optimized management will be offered, while offering support to 5G PPP phase III projects via demonstrating high replication potential towards other verticals.

Project Partners: Engineering - Ingegneria Informatica Spa, Thales Six GTX France Sas, Singularlogic Anonymi Etaireia Pliroforiakon Systimaton Kai Efarmogon Pliroforikis, Ineo Energy And Systems, Societatea Nationala De Gaze Naturale Romgaz SA, Asm Terni Spa, British Telecommunications Public Limited Company, Wind Tre Spa, Hispasat SA, Power Operations Limited, Visiona Ingenieria De Proyectos Sl, Optimum Anonimi Etairia Technologies Pliroforikis, Emotion SRL, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Institut Jozef Stefan, Technologiko Ekpedeftiko Idrima Stereas Elladas, Sorbonne Universite, Centrul Roman Al Energiei - CRE, Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey, Keysight Technologies Denmark APS, Universidad De Malaga

SaT5G.png Space.png SaT5G is a 5GPPP Phase2 project. SaT5G aims to foster the development of attractive “plug and play” SatCom solution for 5G, for telcos and network vendors to accelerate 5G deployment and at the same time creating new and growing market opportunities for SatCom vendors. This requires addressing three major challenges:
  1. Exploit or mitigate SatCom capabilities (e.g. broadcast) or constraints (e.g. latency) in stand-alone or multi-link network topologies,
  2. Design SatCom solutions implementing 5G features (through virtualisation and/or adoptions of radio protocols),
  3. Ensure seamless integration of SatCom in 5G at network management and security levels.

SaT5G uses ETSI OSM for the following cases:

  • Specify and implement VNFDs and NSDs adapting SatCom components.
  • Standards based creation of satellite VNFs and SDN in tandem with their terrestrial equivalents to create end-to-end network slices.
  • Northbound interface for the integrated network management and orchestration to enable interworking with BSS/OSS.

Project Partners: Airbus, Avanti, BT, BroadPeak, Gilat, i2CAT, iDirect, imec, oneAccess, Quortus, SES, ThalesAlenia Space, TNO, University of Oulu, University of Surrey, Zodiac Aeropspace

SN4I-b.png Space.png The SN4I - Smart Networks for Industry, is an NFV and SDN aware communication facility that interconnects the University of the Basque Country with the Aeronautics Advanced Manufacturing Centre. SN4I provides network, computing and storage slicing for the deployment of isolated concurrent services and experimentation. This deployment will allow to study the integration of NFV technologies with the Industrial Internet protocols and the coexistence with other networks like TSN (Time Sensitive Networks). Therefore, SN4I will complement traditional research and activities in the field of manufacturing, with state of the art technologies providing high bandwidth, low delay, on demand service creation, SDN based security, etc. The integration of all these technologies with cutting-edge machine tools and manufacturing processes will allow to provide a mixed R+D+I center in advanced connected manufacturing technologies that will become a reference at international level.

In SN4I, OpenSourceMANO (ETSI OSM) is used to:

  • design and test locally, for later deploying services in the infrastructure.
  • orchestrate the different VNFs that compose the services.
  • provide dynamic connectivity (with assured bandwidth and resiliency) between the Data Centers over the SDN core network.

The I2T Research Group in the University of the Basque Country hosted the first co-located ETSI NFV and OSM meeting in February 2017 and has contributed the following components to ETSI OSM:

  • The ONOS VIM Connector (OSM Release TWO)
  • The DynPaC - A Path Computation Framework for SDN - WIM Connector (OSM Release FIVE)

Project Partners: University of the Basque Country, Aeronautics Advanced Manufacturing Center

Sonata.png Space.png SONATA is an EU-funded project Horizon 2020 and part of the 5G-PPP initiative on Agile Service Development and Orchestration in 5G Virtualized Networks" which targets both the flexible programmability of software networks and the optimization of their deployments.

SONATA contributed a VIM emulator (vim-emu) to ETSI OSM Rel THREE. The vim-emu, now part of OSM DevOps, allows network service developers to locally prototype and test their network services in realistic end-to-end multi-PoP scenarios. It allows the execution of real network functions, packaged as Docker containers, in emulated network topologies running locally on the developer's machine. The emulation platform offers OpenStack-like APIs for each emulated PoP so that it can be easily integrated with MANO stacks.

Project Partners: Atos, NEC, Altice Labs, Thales, Telefonica, Nokia, University of Paderborn, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos", University College London, iMinds, Optare Solutions, i2CAT, Synelixis, BT, Ubiwhere

Shield.png Space.png H2020 SHIELD proposes a universal solution for dynamically establishing and deploying virtual security infrastructures into ISP and corporate networks. The project builds on the deployment of virtualised security appliances (the virtual Network Security Functions or vNSFs). SHIELD uses ETSI OSM for the following tasks:
  • support of the NS Manager (initiation, configuration, monitoring, scaling and termination).
  • support of the vNSF Manager (initiation, configuration, monitoring, scaling and termination).
  • creating vNSF descriptor and vNSF store allowing new vNSF to be stored and deployed by means of APIs.
  • building an API on top of OSM to communicate to the business layer.
  • building a vNSF Orchestrator (vNSFO) based on OSM that allows to deploy vNSFs in a network and control their execution.

Project Partners: Space Hellas S.A, Fundació i2CAT, Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale (AGID), Hewlett-Packard Limited (Labs), Incites Consulting SARL, Infili Technologies, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Orion Innovations, Politecnico di Torino, Talaia Networks, Telefónica I+D, Ubiwhere

Superfluidity.png Space.png In Physics, superfluidity is a state in which matter behaves like a fluid with zero viscosity. The SUPERFLUIDITY project was a 5GPPP Phase 1 research project aimed at achieving superfluidity in networks: 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 project demonstrated a converged cloud-based 5G concept addressing three forms of heterogeneity: heterogeneous traffic and sources; heterogeneous services and needs; and heterogeneous access technologies, with multi-vendor network components.

SUPERFLUIDITY contributed a new GUI to ETSI OSM Rel FOUR leveraging the new NBI based on ETSI NFV SOL005.

Project Partners: Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT), Nokia Bell Labs France, Alcatel Lucent Israel, British Telecom, Citrix, EBlink, Intel Research & Development Ireland Ltd, NEC Europe, OnApp, Altice Labs, Red Hat, Telcaria, Telefonica I+D, Unified Streaming, University Ben Gurion, University of Liège, University of Technology Dresden, University Politehnica of Bucharest.

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