Panel #1: NFV as a Platform for Open Innovation
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 14:30 – 15:30
Can NFV solutions evolve from basic enablers of network virtualization at single operators into platforms that facilitate open innovation of services supporting and utilizing future global 5G infrastructures? We would like to discuss the status and open challenges related to the realization of services spanning large geographical areas with multiple providers, administrative domains, and heterogeneous technology environments. These challenges may include, but are by no means limited to, business related aspects as well as issues with proper handling of security and privacy. Furthermore, innovation and new business models will require NFV infrastructure to open up for hosting also non-telco software products, and we would like to shed light on if and how 3rd party SW products with their support function would be integrated into future NFV platforms.
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Panel #2: Accelerating Computation for NFV
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time: 14:15 – 15:15
One of key objectives of virtualization is high utilization of industry standard hardware (e.g. COTS servers). It is broadly accepted that many applications will benefit from special-purpose or programmable hardware assistance to improve computational efficiency, minimize energy consumption and meet requirements for low latency. The topic is commonly referred to as hardware acceleration. Example acceleration technologies include GPUs e.g., for machine learning and video applications, FPGAs e.g., for data plane accelerations, and special-purpose hardware e.g., for AI, cryptography or to provide trusted execution environments to meet the stringent security requirements for carrier-grade networks. In this discussion, we would like to explore application requirements for acceleration in NFV infrastructures (for instance, standardized APIs which enable VNFs to access acceleration resources), as well as the problems along with potential solutions.
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